When I started the keto diet, I never had a hard time finding good keto recipes or ten for dinner or dessert, but keto lunch ideas? That was always a challenge for me. If you’ve been thinking that finding a fabulous packable, on the go, low carb lunch for work or school or even home is next to impossible; you’re not alone.
Keto Lunch Ideas
A lot of consideration goes into the perfect ketogenic diet lunch.
Do you prefer a cold meal or hot?
Vegetarian or bun free with extra meat?
I know, I know you came here for answers, not questions, but if we’re doing keto lunch ideas today, we’re going to do them right.
Keto Lunch Meal Prep
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again-meal prep is the best & easiest way to stay on top of your keto diet game. Not only does it save you a ton of money, but it’s also a sanity-saving time and energy saver. Meal prepping your lunches on Saturday or Sunday means more free time during the week and always means more money in your pocket because you cut back on last-minute grocery store runs & restaurant meals.
Meal prepping lunches doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be standing in your kitchen putting together 7 lunches assembly style. You may choose three crockpot meals for the week that make enough for dinner and lunch. Boom. How’s that for easy? Ok, I’ll jump off the meal prep soapbox now. You can read more about meal prepping for weight loss on the keto diet right here.
Now we could sit and chat about what goes into the considerate office keto lunch box all day.
Is Linda in accounting going to be offended by the odor of the tuna salad?
Will the faint aroma of the zoodles be too much for Bill in HR to handle?
While I don’t have all the answers, what I can tell you is the following 21 keto lunch ideas are 100% easy, packable, portable, and most of them are straight up genius. I’ve collected these recipes to help make your life easier and your lunch hour a little less dull. Don’t forget why you started the keto diet in the first place-for you. Not Linda, or Bill. You!
Now, let’s do lunch!
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Starting things off with this keto lunch idea from Yummy Healthy Easy! I know tuna salad is nothing new, but this recipe has a secret ingredient that adds a crunch and takes lunch to a new level of fabulous. Ok, so it’s pickles. I can’t keep a secret to save my life. Try the recipe-you’ll love it! Get it on Yummy Healthy Easy
Here’s an easy keto lunch idea to meal prep ahead! Get the details on Megan Seelinger
If your idea of a packable keto lunch is more wrap than salad then you’ll enjoy this low carb recipe from Tastaholic’s that comes together in less than 15 minutes. Get the recipe here
Let me start by saying this takes a tiny bit of effort, but I would never suggest work that did not pay off. That’s not what I’m about! Here’s the deal, give yourself 15 minutes to learn how to make the most wonderful keto cauliflower bread known to man (and woman) and then all you’ve gotta do is lay down your favorite cheese & you’re in business! Sound like a deal? Get the recipe that changes how you do lunch on The Iron You
A super simple meal prep idea-mason jar salads! This simple Caprese salad is the traditional lineup of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil seasoned with Olive Oil, salt and pepper. The genius is in the prep-do it a day or two in advance & stick it in the fridge & be ready for lunch in minutes! Get the recipe on Skinny Ms
No bun? No problem! Here’s a high protein low carb alternative to sandwiches for lunch using fresh tomato as a vehicle for tuna salad topped with melted cheese. Sound good? It is! Get the recipe on Beauty and The Foodie
If you like chicken salad, then you’ll ADORE this super low carb recipe for lunch. We are talking 1 net carb per serving! So much better and cleaner than any store bought variety and way more delicious! Get the recipe on Peace, Love and Low Carb
It’s OK to unapologetically crave a salad for lunch-especially one that features bacon, avocado, and Caesar dressing! Check out this keto lunch recipe on Savory Tooth
These mason jar ideas are the easiest packable keto lunch ideas-ever. You can prep them ahead of time, they won’t spoil in the refrigerator, they travel well, and all you have to do at lunchtime is add water! Surely, Kim in Accounting won’t have any problems with that. Oh, who are we kidding, we’re never going to make her happy. Who cares! Get this lunch idea for you on KetoDiet App
Here’s a keto summer salad recipe featuring shrimp and cauliflower that’s beautiful and delicious from Melissa over at I Breathe I’m Hungry. Get all the details & full recipe here
If a keto lunch recipe that comes together in less than 2 minutes sounds good, then check out this cheesy pizza combination from My Montana Kitchen! It’s a muffin with pepperoni, cheese, and Italian spices. And it’s amazing. Get all of the details right here
Get the 411 on all things Unwich & find out once & for all how to make a lettuce wrap you’ll be confident enough to eat wearing a white t-shirt. A good white t-shirt. Get the recipe on Ketogasm
Take basic egg salad & your lunch hour to another level with this Cobb Egg Salad recipe from Cathy at Lemon Tree Dwelling
Leftover Alert: Ordinarily leftovers for lunch are not my jam, but there are exceptions for every rule. Here’s one of them. It takes around five minutes to put this low carb Mexican crockpot soup recipe together, but it tastes like you put in hours of work! Get the recipe on Low Carb Yum
Satisfy your sandwich cravings keto style with this low carb lunch idea! Featuring ham, pork, Swiss cheese, and mustard this almond flour combination will give you all of the flavors of the traditional Cuban recipe with none of the guilt! Get the full recipe on Mince Republic
A simple pizza inside a portobello mushroom makes an excellent keto lunch idea, and if you’re looking specifically for vegetarian options this one is hard to beat! Find the full recipe on The Wholesome Dish
Another vegetarian option for lunch! Chopped cauliflower combined with finely chopped leeks, walnuts, full-fat sour cream, and a pinch of sea salt creates a nice texture and a creamy, healthy keto lunch for work or school. Get the full recipe on Low Carb, So Simple
Miss pasta? Enter the zoodle/zucchini noodle-the keto-friendly way to do lunch! Have way more fun than you ever thought possible making “pasta” with a spiralizer! Seriously, who knew? Get the full (& delicious) recipe on Jo Cooks
If you aren’t already an almond four fan, you will be after you try this recipe for keto, yes, keto buffalo chicken tenders! With a 15 minute prep time, this low carb recipe makes a great easy lunch. Get the recipe on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
I’m sneaking in one more dinner for lunch recipe here, but there’s solid logic behind my decision. 1. Easy: This recipe takes 20 minutes from start to finish making it totally doable for lunch on the spot & 2. It rocks as leftovers! The way I see thing this Taco skillet has everything going for it-only 4 net grams of carbs per serving & it’s nutritionally solid using hearty cabbage as a key ingredient. Get the full recipe on Hey Keto Mama
Ok, so technically it’s cauliflower & cheese, but this recipe is so creamy you’ll forget. No, seriously. You will. Get all the details on Gluten Free Daddy
Hopefully these keto lunch ideas will help bring a little happiness into your day & a lot health into your diet! Please share your favorites in the comments!
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