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5 Low-Carb Lunch Ideas for Anyone!

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  Published on February 2nd, 2022
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  Last modified July 10th, 2023
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Whether you are the kind of person who likes to meal prep on Sunday and eat the same thing every day, or you like to cook something new each lunchtime, coming up with low-carb lunch ideas can be tough! After all, most American lunches include things like bread, rice, and pasta! Luckily, we’ve come up with five tasty lunchtime recipes for just about anyone!

For the Person Who Misses Bread

Okay, so before you went keto you were a PB&J or BLT kind of person, right? Well, luckily, there are plenty of great options for keto bread to help make your lunch low carb! If you follow a clean keto diet and avoid processed foods, we recommend using cloud bread. Cloud bread is low in carbs, easy to make, and it is a fluffy treat! 

low-carb lunch ideas

If you follow a dirty approach to the keto diet or don’t mind processed foods, pick up a loaf of your favorite keto bread (like the one from Aldi). Most stores like Walmart, Target, and even Costco carry it! Add almond butter and sugar-free keto jelly for a tasty low-carb PB&J lunch alternative. Add mayo, lettuce, tomato, and bacon for a scrumptious BLT, or tuna and mayo for a simple tuna sandwich. The possibilities are endless! 

For the Person Who Misses Pasta

You don’t have to skip out on pasta entirely just because you are following a low-carb diet! There are plenty of keto alternatives to traditional pasta. From zucchini noodles, to Palmini, to shirataki and konjac noodles, you can definitely enjoy pasta without the carbs! Add your favorite alfredo sauce (or sugar-free tomato sauce), and a protein source, and you’ve got yourself a simple, yet delicious low carb lunch!

low-carb lunch ideas

For the Person Who Hates Cooking

If you refuse to cook your meals for lunch, you aren’t alone! Plenty of people out there hate spending time in the kitchen or just don’t have the time. That’s why so many companies have created simple keto meals that can be microwaved. Real Good Foods, for example, has microwavable bowls, enchiladas, cannelloni, and more! Healthy Choice offers a line of steamable meals which include simple ingredients like chicken and broccoli. Another great alternative is the Quest thin crust pizza! While you do, technically, have to cook it, it’s as simple as popping it in the oven and forgetting about it until it’s done! 

low-carb lunch ideas

For the Person Who Loves Cooking New Foods

If you love variety and don’t want to eat the same thing every day, you should try making zucchini boats! The zucchini just acts as a nutrient-packed food delivery system to whatever you’d like to stuff inside–this means endless possibilities!

low-carb lunch ideas

You can have a pizza boat one day for lunch, a taco boat the next, and cheesy chicken and broccoli on another day. Zucchini boats can simplify your low-carb lunch, while also adding variety! 

For the Person Who Loves Sweets

Lunch is normally for savory foods, but if you are the kind of person who always has a sweet tooth, we have some ideas for you! Lunch doesn’t have to mean heavy, savory foods. You can also enjoy things like keto yogurt, with berries and low-carb granola. Or maybe try making keto blueberry muffins, keto oatmeal, or even an acai bowl! These recipes don’t have to be limited to just breakfast time–enjoy them on your next lunch break too!

low-carb lunch ideas

What’s Your Favorite Low Carb Lunch Recipe?

Comment below and share your go-to meal with the community!

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