I've been through this many times. Although, I'm a teacher, and there's no going out for lunch. It's pack something or go hungry. I've been a lot better this year about preparing my lunches ahead of time. Key word: preparation! It's not a last minute thing as I'm walking out the door anymore. In fact, when I'm making my dinner the night before, I also pack my lunch for the next day.
One of the things I find most helpful, is to make big containers of lunch foods so they're ready to scoop out for lunches. For instance, I'll cut up a big salad and then put it in a small container each day for work. I also do this with fresh fruit. It lasts about 3 days. Or, I'll mix up my own trail mix and scoop out 1/4 cup to go with lunch. Actually, I do this for my husband. I teach at a peanut/tree nut-free school. So, I just eat it when I get home.
You can always be creative and change your salad toppings each day. Cranberries and slivered almonds. Strawberries and toasted walnuts.
I mixed peanuts, almonds, cashews, dark chocolate covered raisins, and dark chocolate covered edamame to make a trail mix.
I also like to take yogurt for lunch or a snack. I prefer soy yogurt over regular yogurt. You can dip apple slices in it. I like to add a small amount of orange juice to my bag of apple slices to keep them from turning brown.
I have recently become fascinated with this "Salad-in-a-Jar" lady. She prepares lettuce for the week in mason jars and vacuum seals them, then adds her toppings at work.
I like this idea, but I think I would prefer to have most of my salad ingredients already in the jar. So, I think I like this idea better, even though it's just salad for the day and not the whole week.
Bureau of Betterment and Well Vegan.
I hope this is helpful to you as you're trying to pack healthy lunches. What other healthy lunch ideas do you have?