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

MY OTHER RECIPES

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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137 comments on “20 Healthier Lunch Ideas and Cookbook Giveaway”

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

  2. 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!

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

  4. I always pack sandwiches, usually made with Tofurkey :)

  5. Recently I’ve been packing turkey wraps

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

  7. Have tryed several recipies so far impressed. Thanks

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