20 Healthier Lunch Ideas and Cookbook Giveaway

I pack lunches every day for my family. Aside from fruit, veggies, sandwiches, and leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, there are days I need some inspiration.

Here are 20 of my Favorite Healthier Lunch Ideas that frequently find their way into lunch bags if you need some lunchtime inspiration.

Many are vegan, gluten-free, and no-bake

20 Healthier Lunch Ideas and Cookbook Giveaway averiecooks.com

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) – My all-around favorite no-bake granola bar recipe for chewy granola bars. Use ingredients you have on hand. Easily customized, fast, easy, and one of the most popular bars with readers

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (no-bake, vegan, GF) – A favorite easy and healthy snack that can be made in just minutes. They taste just like real cookie dough but no refined sugar, gluten, butter, or eggs are used. My most popular recipe on Pinterest

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (no-bake, vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

3. Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Graham Crackers – Easy and no need for storebought after these

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Graham Crackers averiecooks.com

4. Sunflower Seed Butter Bars with Chocoalte Drizzle (no-bake, vegan, GF) -Under 10 minutes to make and no refined sugar added. Just dates, oats, and sunflower seed butter, or substitute another favorite nut butter

Sunflower Seed Butter Bars with Chocoalte Drizzle (no-bake, vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

5. Banana Yogurt Muffins – Made with Greek yogurt which keeps them so soft, light and moist

Banana Yogurt Muffins and Little Banana Loaf @averiecooks.com

6. Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) – Loaded with texture from the oats, raisins and trail mix goodies

Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) averiecooks.com

7. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Healthy bars that taste like cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF)

8. Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free) – Like eating cinnamon oatmeal, in bar form, covered in chocolate

Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free) averiecooks.com

9. Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Ready in 5 minutes and so much better than you can imagine based on the simple recipe. My husband begs for these

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

10. Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars – (no-bake, vegan, GF) Healthy, soft, and chewy granola bars that taste like cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars – (no-bake, vegan, GF)  averiecooks.com

11. Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix (no-bake) – Comes together in less than 5 minutes

Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix (no-bake) averiecooks.com

12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Squares (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) – Fast, easy, and loaded with chewy, oaty texture

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Squares (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

13. Peanut Butter and Jelly Coconut Cashew Sandwich Cookies – (no-bake, vegan, GF) – No added sugar, salt, or oil

Peanut Butter and Jelly Coconut Cashew Sandwich Cookies (no-bake, vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

14. Coconut Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF)

Coconut Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

15. Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oat Snack Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Recipe makes 3 bars and is ready in less than 5 minutes

Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oat Snack Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

16. Fruit, Seed and Nut Crackers – Healthy homemade crackers filled with dried fruit, seeds, and nuts that are better than storebought and easily customizable

 Fruit, Seed and Nut Crackers averiecooks.com

17. Homemade Peanut Butter (vegan, GF) – Make your own peanut butter with no added oil, sugar, salt, or additives in 5 minutes at home and is fabulous for sandwiches

Homemade Peanut Butter in 10 Minutes (Vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

19. 30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Skillet Bread – Soft, warm, fluffy whole wheat bread in a half hour. No kneading, no fuss, easy and foolproof

30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Skillet Bread averiecooks.com

20. Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins – Tastes like cinnamon sugar mini-donuts but they’re baked not fried, vegan, and made in one bowl in minutes

Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins averiecooks.com

What Are You Doing for Lunch? by Mona Meighan is a book dedicated to fun, easy ways to save money and improve your health by simply packing your own lunch.

Over 70 delicious recipes to prepare in 20 minutes or less.
Cost-savings projections of how much you’ll save in a month and in a year.
Nutrition facts to help you keep an eye on calories, fat, sugar, and sodium.
A sample menu of lunches to get you started.

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136 Responses to “20 Healthier Lunch Ideas and Cookbook Giveaway”

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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — May 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I’m a peanut butter & jelly girl. PB & J for life!!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — May 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Leftovers are my favorite thing to pack. Usually pasta dishes are the best for carrying into work.

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — May 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    We don’t pack lunches because my hubby comes home for lunch and my daughter and I stay home! But it’s usually leftovers.

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    Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen — May 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    My kids like power balls! Nuts/Honey/Coconut Oil lots of yummy healthy stuff.

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    Susan Broughton — May 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    My daughter works and she is the only one that packs a lunch and she likes to take tuna fish or leftovers from the night before.

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    Lisa Garrett — May 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Chicken salad.

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    Jennie Hantzmon — May 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Cheezits are in my son’s lunch EVERY DAY!

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    Kim Porter — May 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I always pack granola bars when I’m on the go for lunch.

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    Kelli — May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I love peanut butter and jelly or leftover pasta!

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    Christin — May 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Peanut butter and jelly. Still!

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    Caitlin — May 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Cold Asian noodle salad of some sort….usually something with soy, rice vinegar, sriarcha and some chicken or tofu too!

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    Maria — May 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Salads…gets boring after a while.

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    Caley — May 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Any kind of fruit

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    Lisa Brandt — May 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’ll never be able to be skinny again….

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    Katie — May 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I love a sandwich or big salad for lunch, but I always change the toppings, trying new combinations. As a side or snack I usually pack some whole fruit or make a fruit salad

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    Lisa @ Wine & Glue — May 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I don’t pack lunches, but when I make lunches for myself at home (like a good healthy lunch) my favorite thing to make is a HUGE salad :)

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    kesha — May 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I always pack my daughter some kind of fruit. Her favorite is blueberries or grapes

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    Nadine — May 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I’m so excited to bake the graham crackers.

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    Colleen Gorman — May 21, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I usually have leftovers. Having made some dietary changes lately I need ideas for when I am going to be out for the day and can’t just drive-thru the fast food places.

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    Karen D — May 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Leftover homemade pizza

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    Juli V — May 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I like to pack a dried fruit and nut trail mix. So good and good for you.

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    Sarah — May 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Ham and cheese sandwich! Been eating that since my mom packed it everyday for me in elementary school.

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    Beccalou — May 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I love to pack greek yogurt, applesauce, fruits and veggies.

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    Shannon Everett — May 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Averie, thanks so much for this list. I am excited to try out a bunch of the vegan ones for my husband’s lunch! I am really loving your blog these days!

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    Shannon Everett — May 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Also, I love packing nuts (pistachios, almonds, etc.) for lunches.

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    Sam K — May 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I love to pack either chinese food leftovers or a salad with bits of blue cheese, avocado, bacon, and wonton crisps!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — May 21, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Ugh, I’m forever running out of ideas for meals. This book would be a godsend! I always try making a lot for dinner so that we can bring leftovers for lunch. Thanks for this awesome list, Averie. I’ve been saying for years that I want to make my own granola bars but I haven’t gotten around to it. I need you to kick my butt because they’re so easy and delicious, much better than the processed packaged stuff!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 21st, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Truly the easiest stuff ever…and pretty much goofproof and always adaptable!

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    Jocelyn — May 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for the lunch inspiration! I will have to try my hand at making a few of these!

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    Jennifer K — May 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I always pack sandwiches, usually made with Tofurkey :)

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    Jennifer C. — May 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Recently I’ve been packing turkey wraps

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

    None of this stuff looks healthy. It just looks downright delish!

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