42 High Protein Lunches Under 500 Calories


Are you on a diet but still want to eat and stay healthy? These 42 high protein lunches might just what you need. These lunches are all under 500 calories!

1. One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

A whole pan of this chicken and veggies only takes 20 minutes to whip up and means lunch for days. Get the recipe here.
via theleangreenbean.com

One Pan Roasted Chicken and vegetables is an excellent dinner for an exciting evening.

2. Orange Sesame Chicken Quinoa

A bowl of orange sesame chicken quinoa topped with slices of orange
via theseasonedmom.com

Delicious and easy orange sésame quinoa, healthy and good for the whole family!

3. Ground Chicken Breast Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese

All you need is five ingredients and 20 minutes of time to make these healthy meatballs. Get the recipe here.
via theskinnypot.com

My family's ultimate favorite!

4. Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Toss all the ingredients into a Crock Pot in the morning and have delicious chili ready to pack for lunches when you get home. Get the recipe here.
via twopeasandtheirpod.com

This healthy turkey chili is full of beans, veggies, and lean turkey. This simple turkey chili crockpot is ideal for a chilly day!

5. Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

close up image of Cheesy Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas
via wellplated.com

Sweet, spicy, sweet potato and black bean fillings of cheesy, crispy quesadillas. This simple quesadilla recipe is loved even by meat eaters! Ideal for lunch or a simple appetizer or game day meal.

6. The Amazing Chickpea Spinach Salad

You can make this hearty salad even healthier by going easy on the honey. Get the recipe here.
via hurrythefoodup.com

These legumes have fibers and proteins, which are essential for good health and a healthy digestive system.

7. Tofu Bacon BLTs

Tofu bacon BLTs - this tofu bacon is SO good! Smoky, spicy, sticky, sweet... and it's easy to make too! Perfect served in a classic BLT sandwich :) Tofu bacon is vegan and gluten-free.
via easycheesyvegetarian.com

This tofu bacon is smoky, sticky, slightly spicy, a bit sweet … Even if you do not support the term, try it anyway. Think of it as a crunchy marinated tofu, and you will be all right. This is insanely good.

8. Tofu Tahini Scramble

Mix the tofu tahini scramble ahead of time and it'll only take you five minutes to throw this salad together on busy mornings. Get the recipe here.
via thefullhelping.com

The recipe makes for a very filling vegan breakfast.

9. Southwestern Veggie Hummus Wraps

A great option for spicing up your Taco Tuesdays. Get the recipe here.
via chelseasmessyapron.com

An easy, quick, and healthy vegetarian hummus wrap filled with tons of veggies and southwestern hummus.

10. Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Switch it up from your regular sandwich routine and pack your lunch INSIDE a tomato. Get the recipe here.
via julieseatsandtreats.com

A perfect low-carb recipe for summer.

11. Grilled Flank Steak Salad With Strawberries

Sweet and savory to satisfy all the cravings. Get the recipe here.
via homeandplate.com

This grilled salad features thinly slicked steak and strawberries.

12. Southwestern Egg Salad Sandwich

So simple. So good. And so easy to pack and take on the road. Get the recipe here.
via kimscravings.com

This is not your ordinary egg sandwich. This is a high-protein sandwich that will fill you up until your next meal.

13. Salmon Quinoa Bowl

Salmon + quinoa + avocado + Greek yogurt dip + feta = 😍. Get the recipe here.
via megiswell.com

A protein-filled dish with fresh flavors and will leave you feeling full and healthy.

14. Steak Blue Cheese Caesar Salad

Steak Blue Cheese Caesar Salad
via twopurplefigs.com

This salad recipe is so beautifully simple and refreshing for the summer.

15. Creamy Avocado Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Whip up a huge batch of this healthy chicken salad on the weekend and have it to throw on salads or in sandwiches during the weekdays. Get the recipe here.
via healthy-liv.com

This dish is perfect for those who hate mayonnaise.

16. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps

Hawaiian pizza in a wrap. Heck, yes. Get the recipe here.
via tastesbetterfromscratch.com

Super fast to make and you basically have the ingredients in your kitcken.

17. Veggie Turkey Rollups

Assemble these roll ups with just turkey, carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, and hummus. Make sure to double this recipe so you're getting a big enough meal to get you through the afternoon. Get the recipe here.
via joyfulhealthyeats.com

Only 5 ingredients, bread-free, under 200 calories a serving and extremely satisfying.

18. Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers

Make a big batch of these and have them to put on a bun, salad, or whatever your heart desires all week. Get the recipe here.
via thelemonbowl.com

These burgers are topped with spicy arugula, fresh pesto, and creamy mozzarella cheese.

19. Oven Roasted Salmon Rice Bowl

Prep this recipe in just 20 minutes on a Sunday and voilà, you'll have four lunches to eat throughout the week. Get the recipe here.
via borntosweat.co

This salmon rice bowl is a de-constructed sushi roll.

20. Portobello Stuffed Pizza

Healthy pizza. Now that's something we can get behind. Get the recipe here.
via eatgood4life.com

A recipe for portobello mushroom lovers!

21. Hummus Chicken Salad

Hummus Chicken Salad from Kim's Cravings
via kimscravings.com

A light, easy, healthy meal idea ideal for on-the-go lunches.

22. Avocado Toast with Eggs, Spinach, and Tomatoes

Dice up the veggies and prepare the delicious avocado the night before so you can pack and go in the morning. Get the recipe here.
via twopeasandtheirpod.com

A healthy and simple toast perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

23. Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers
via inquiringchef.com

Experiment with this recipe and discover something novel.

24. Vegan Lentil Taco Salad Bowls

Vegan Lentil Taco Salad Bowls
via thefitchen.com

For people on-the-go, this recipe is ideal for you because red lentils cook really fast.

25. Taco Salad Bowls

Just as good as (if not better than) Chipotle. Get the recipe here.
via ateaspoonofbliss.com

The case of a deconstructed taco.

26. Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas from Well Plated
via theironyou.com

These lunch bowls will leave you feeling full and energized for hours.

27. Rainbow Power Salad

Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas in a white bowl with a fork.
via pinchofyum.com

Power salad that gives you a great deal of power.

28. Fall Harvest Superfood Salad

via nutritionstripped.com

Greens and other healthy ingredients all in a bowl of salad.

29. One pan healthy roasted sausage, chickpeas, and veggies

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via chelseasmessyapron.com

High protein meal for people living a fast-paced routine.

30. Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado

The only thing better than avocados is STUFFED avocados. And this one is made with tuna, bell peppers, and jalapeños. Get the recipe here.
via thestayathomechef.com

Tuna is an excellent source of protein and this dish gives you just that.

31. Lean Lasagna

via facebook.com/JulianneHough

Lasagna with a twist. Dare to try?

32. Air Fryer Asian-glazed Boneless Chicken Thighs

These Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs come out so juicy and delicious in the air fryer!
via skinnytaste.com

One of the best Asian cuisines I have ever tasted.

33. Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin

via skinnytaste.com

Want some spiciness on your pork? Give this a try.

34. Salmon Burgers With Avocado Salsa

Great to eat over salad greens or by themselves with the fresh avocado salsa. Get the recipe here.
via cooktoria.com

Calling all salmon lovers out there!

35. Lentil and Rice Bowls With Eggs and Bacon

For busy families looking for delicious, healthy meals that will keep everyone’s stomachs full and happy, lentils and rice with eggs and bacon are economic, easy to prepare and make enough for plenty of leftovers!
via skinnytaste.com

A high protein treat you should not miss.

36. Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls with Avocado and Cucumber Noodles

via inspiralized.com

This dish makes use of cucumber as a pasta substitute.

37. Thai Peanut Chicken With Sticky Purple Rice

INCREDIBLE slow cooker thai peanut chicken that's tender, savory, full of peanut butter flavor and just slightly spicy (if you like!). Served with any kind of rice you like, although sticky purple rice is my favorite.
via ambitiouskitchen.com

Thai is rich in a wide-variety of cuisines. This one is a must try.

38. Chickpea Shawarma Sandwich

Make the delicious garlic dill sauce ahead of time so that you can easily spread it on your sandwich when packing lunch. Get the recipe here.
via minimalistbaker.com

Chickpea instead of chicken. WOW!

39. Lentil & Eggplant Lasagna

Ceramic baking dish with protein-packed vegan Eggplant Lasagna
via minimalistbaker.com

A twisted but definitely delicious lasagna.

40. Acorn Squash With Kale and Sausage

via epicurious.com

Acorn Squash with Kale and Sausage / Photo by Christopher TestaniAcorn Squash with Kale and Sausage / Photo by Christopher TestaniAcorn Squash with Kale and Sausage / Photo by Christopher TestaniAcorn Squash with Kale and Sausage / Photo by Christopher TestaniThis dish is not only healthy. It is very filling too.

41. Ham and Cheese Quiche

Overhead photo of a ham and cheese quiche being cut into
via chelseasmessyapron.com

Ham and cheese are my favorites. Having them in one dish is heaven.

42. Detox Moroccan-spiced Chickpea Glow Bowl

via pinchofyum.com

Simply irresistible and palatable!

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