20 of the Best On-the-Go Lunches

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Overview

What makes a great lunch? Any meal that's hearty, healthy and filling. But oftentimes, your work schedule keeps you away from the kitchen. Instead of settling for fast food (or going hungry), you can create a quick, easy, on-the-go option. These LIVESTRONG.COM creations can be made quickly each morning — without sacrificing your lunchtime nutrition needs.

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2. Lavash Chicken Wrap

Wraps are one of the most portable lunch options out there. Wherever you need to go on your lunch break (like running errands), your wrap goes with you. Simply take a lavash wrap, spread honey mustard on it and add spinach, bell peppers and sliced chicken breast (or substitute fake chicken tofu strips if you're a vegetarian). Wrap it up, and you're good to go!

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3. Steak BLT

Find your lunch is lacking in protein? Take your traditional BLT and make it even meatier! Choose a lean cut of steak and add turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato on flax seed bread. If you're feeling even more adventurous, add avocado. Yum!

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4. Chicken Flatbread Pita Sandwich

Not all your sandwiches need to use plain white or wheat bread — experiment with flatbread pita. Use a whole wheat grilled pita and layer green bell peppers, half a grilled chicken breast, tomato and romaine lettuce on top.

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5. Hummus Wrap

Here's a great option for all you vegetarians craving a quick, healthy and filling lunch option. Or consider it as an option for Meatless Monday. Take an herb tortilla wrap, spread two tablespoons hummus and add 1/4 cup matchstick cut carrots, 1/4 cup sliced red peppers and lettuce.

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6. Quinoa Salad

Another great vegetarian option, make a big bowl of this on Sunday and enjoy it for lunches throughout the week. Mix quinoa, spinach, chickpeas and vegetable of your choice (arugula is a great, nutrient-dense option) in a bowl. Toss with a light Italian or balsamic dressing on top if so desired and sprinkle with feta cheese.

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7. Mediterranean Stuffed Tomato

You don't need to have access to an oven to make a delicious stuffed tomato for lunch. Just cut and gut one large tomato and fill it with 1/4 cup canned tuna, one tablespoon low-fat feta cheese, two tablespoons tabbouleh salad and a dash of hot sauce (if you want).

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8. Quick Chicken Pizza

This is a great option to make the night before and either enjoy cold or heat up in the office toaster oven (if you have one). On a pre-made pizza crust, layer three tablespoons of marinara sauce, three ounces of sliced chicken breast and a 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes. Or enjoy raw and uncooked — just make sure the chicken is cooked!

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9. Lobster, Mango and Avocado Salad

Five ingredients, one delicious lunch in a single bowl! Combine the meat from one lobster tail, a half cup of mango and half an avocado. Drizzle lemon and olive oil on top. And voila! You'll be the envy of the office cafeteria.

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10. Farmers Market Salad

Hit up your local famers market for some fresh, locally grown produce to throw into your lunchtime salad. Your body will thank you for all the nutritious and delicious ingredients. In a bowl, combine spinach, mixed greens, heirloom tomatoes, Persian cucumber, the egg whites of two hard-boiled eggs and raw almond slices. Add your favorite dressing on top and enjoy.

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11. Vegan Sandwich

No meat, no cheese, no problem! On sprouted whole grain bread, layer five olive oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, one slice of extra-firm tofu, one tablespoon of vegan mayonnaise and spinach. Even your meat-eating friends will be envious of your amazing sandwich.

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12. Mixed Veggie Medley

Here's another option you can mix up a big batch of during your weekly meal prep and take for lunch with you throughout the week. Mix together chopped broccoli, squash, corn, spinach and edamame. Drizzle olive oil over the top and store in your refrigerator until lunch (if you can wait that long!).

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13. Broccoli Chicken Salad

Broccoli and chicken have long been the mealtime staples of those seeking lean muscles and six-pack abs. So why not bring them together in a single salad? Start with two cups baby spinach and add one chicken breast (chopped), cherry tomatoes and broccoli. After all, abs are made in the kitchen!

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14. Shrimp and Basil Pizza

Did someone say pizza! Yes, even pizza can be a part of a healthy lunch that doesn't blow your entire day's worth of calories. Use a gluten-free pizza crust, and spread a half cup of marinara sauce on top. Then layer 10 boiled shrimp, one sliced orange bell pepper, half a cup of Parmesan cheese and half a cup of basil. You can either eat this cooked or raw.

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15. Not-So-by-the-Sea Burrito

You don't have to live in an island paradise or blocks away from the beach to enjoy this seafood burrito. To make, use one large flour tortilla and fill it with a half of a sliced red pepper, one tablespoon light cream cheese, one cup of spinach and three ounces of crab meat.

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16. Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

Leftovers from the night before? Make this lunch easy. Grill chicken breast and zucchini for dinner one night, and then take the rest in your lunch the next day. Couldn't be easier!

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17. Open-Faced Spinach Omelette

Again, we have two meals in one! Make this yummy omelette for breakfast and take the rest for lunch. Or you could even make breakfast for dinner. Whisk four egg whites in an oiled skillet and add one cup of spinach and two tablespoons of feta cheese. Let it sit in the skillet until it's cooked thoroughly on one side, and then flip it over to cook the other side. Dig in!

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18. Spinach and Egg Soup

Take advantage of Sunday meal prep days by expanding your culinary horizons. Make enough of this soup for multiple lunches or do your coworkers a favor and bring some of them. Combine one can low-sodium chicken broth, one cup of pureed spinach and the sliced egg whites of two hard-boiled eggs.

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19. Grilled Chicken Wrap

Need more ideas for your lunchtime wraps? Try a whole wheat tortilla, one grilled chicken breast, lettuce and sprinkle of shredded jack cheese. Simple but filling.

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20. Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera

Pasta doesn't have to be a total calorie-bomb if you pack your dish full of vegetables. Use whole wheat pasta, and then add chopped broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and olive oil. Mangia!

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