61 healthy lunches you'll look forward to eating

People say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what about lunch? Lunch fuels your body and regulates your blood sugar to stay focused and energized for the rest of your day. If you're trying to lose or maintain your weight, then eating lunch is even more important, because skipping it could cause you to overeat at dinner (or have several late-night impromptu ice cream snacks, just sayin'). 

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Good Eats: 55 healthy lunches
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California Chicken, Veggie and Avocado Rice Bowls by Half Baked Harvest | Tieghan Gerard

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New Year's Detox Salad by The Healthy Apple | Amie Valpone

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Garlic and Toasted Tomato Sandwiches by Food & Wine

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Chicken Shawarma with Green Beans and Zucchini by Food & Wine 

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Ratatouille Minestrone by Food & Wine

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Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches by bon appetit

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Big Italian Salad by Food & Wine

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Farro-And-Kale Salad With Olives And Pine Nuts by Food & Wine

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Sesame Ginger Chicken Meatballs by Food & Wine

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Broccolini, Mushroom and Sesame Salad by Food & Wine

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Warm Chicken Sandwiches with Mushrooms, Spinach and Cheese by bon appetit

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Curried Carrot Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas by Vegetarian Ventures | Shelly

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Celery, Fennel and Apple Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts by Food & Wine

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Blood Orange, Kale and Lentil Salad by PDXfoodlove | Rebekah Hubbard

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Sweet Potato Crust Quiche by Live and Love to Eat | Claire Marshall

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Kickin' Turkey Club Wrap by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Brussels Sprouts with Sausage and Cumin by Food & Wine

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Avo Toast by Crazy Sexy Kitchen | Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno

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Charred Broccoli and Red Onion Salad by Food & Wine

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Vegetable Summer Rolls with Chile-Lime Dipping Sauce by Food & Wine

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Curried Cauliflower Tartine with Hummus, Scallion and Chili Oil by Brooklyn Vegetarian | Amy Jennings

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Curried Tofu and Avocado Dip with Rosemary Pita Chips by Food & Wine

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Chopped Salad by Crazy Sexy Kitchen | Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno

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Red Lentil Dal with Coconut Milk and Kale by Food & Wine

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Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup by Fork Knife Swoon | Laura Bolton

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Tamari by Food & Wine

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Chicken Chile Soup by Food & Wine

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Roast Chicken Panzanella by Food & Wine

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Vegan Zucchini Sweet Potato Rolls by Lemons and Basil | Kaylee Pauley

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Vegetarian Chili with Barley, Quinoa and Beans by Food & Wine

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Cucumber Mint Salad with Creamy Lemon-Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette by Food & Wine 

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Kitchen Sink Soba Noodles by Food & Wine

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Moroccan Spiced Roasted-Heirloom Cauliflower Salad by  A Couple Cooks | Sonja & Alex

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Quinoa Wraps with Black Beans, Feta and Avocado by Marin Mama Cooks | Jackie Grandy

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Moroccan Red Lentil with Chard by Feed Me Phoebe | Phoebe Lapine

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Asparagus and Red Quinoa Salad by bon appetit

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Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken by Campbell's Kitchen

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Stewed White Beans with Green Chile and Herbs by Food & Wine

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Veggie and Yogurt Sandwich by Haylie Duff

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Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl by Domesticate ME! | Serena Wolf

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Korean Sushi Rolls with Walnut-Edamame Crumble by Food & Wine

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Quinoa Fried Rice by Feed Me Phoebe | Phoebe Lapine

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Mediterarnean Vegetable and Bean Salad by Chef Billy Parisi

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Crockpot Quinoa Lentil Tacos by Begin Within Nutrition | Cristina Cavanaugh

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Pork and Pineapple Fried Rice by Food & Wine

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Shrimp and Vegetable Summer Rolls by Food & Wine

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Mashed Avocado and Chickpea Salad by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Quinoa Salad with Spring Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Soba Noodle Bowl with Garlic Sesame Ginger Tamari Sauce by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes | Heather Poire

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Spicy Green Papaya Salad by Food & Wine

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Summer Chopped Salad with Quick Pickled Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Black Beans by Love & Lentils | Sophia Zergiotis

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Warm Spaghetti Squash Salad by Food & Wine

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Thai Brussels Sprouts Salad by food & Wine

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Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Roasted Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Turkey and Lettuce Cups by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Shaved Raw Asparagus with Parmesan Dressing by Food & Wine

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Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Sweet Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Cheese with Balsamic Glaze by ragamuffinrecipes | Maura Boylan

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Hummus Deviled Eggs by Food & Wine

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Tuna Niçoise Sandwiches by Campbell's Kitchen

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But another turkey sandwich or plain spinach salad is nothing to get excited about. So, switch up your midday eats and pack a lunch that you're proud of, one you brag to your co-workers or the other parents in carpool about. Make something delicious, something filling and something that you'll be excited to chow down on.

You can check out our favorite 61 healthy lunch recipes in the gallery above!

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Good Eats: 30+ low-carb recipes

Butter-Basted Rib Eye Steaks by Food & Wine

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Peel-and-Eat Grilled Shrimp with Harissa by Food & Wine

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Cauliflower Steaks with Herb Salsa Verde by Food & Wine

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Skinny Spinach Bacon Alfredo Spaghetti Squash Boats by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Grilled Herb Shrimp Skewers by Chez Us | Denise Woodward and Lenny Ferreira

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Frittata With Pea Shoots and Bacon by Jelly Toast | Emily Caruso

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Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with White Sauce by Skinny Taste

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese by Domesticate ME! | Serena Wolf

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Chicken Caesar Skewers by Food & Wine

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Baked Chicken Zucchini with Bacon by Julia's Album 

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Grilled Strip Steaks with Onion Wedges by Food & Wine

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Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower by PureWow

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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce by Food & Wine

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Buffalo Bacon Roasted Cauliflower by A Spicy Perspective 

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Jalapeño Popper "Nachos" by Skinnytaste

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Honey Balsamic Mustard Glazed Chicken by Chef Billy Parisi | Billy Parisi

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Celery Soup with Bacon Croutons by Food & Wine

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Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi by Damn Delicious

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Cheesy Kale Prosciutto Brunch Melts with Eggs by The Woks of Life

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Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp by Cafe Delites

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Korean Chicken Kabobs by Damn Delicious 

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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings with Sriracha Mayo Sauce by Grilling 24x7 | John Thomas

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Balsamic Braised Beef Brisket with Bacon and Mushroom by Own Your Kitchen | Anne Burrell

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Carrot Pea Soup with Pancetta, Basil & Mint by The Woks of Life | The Leung Family

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Barbecue Shrimp with Avocado Salad by Food & Wine

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Mini Quail Eggs in Prosciutto Nests by Martha Stewart

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Bacon Wrapped Cherry-Peppers by Food & Wine

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Turkey Lettuce Cups by Kitchen Daily Editors

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