Lunch can be the most bothersome of all the meals. It’s not big enough to warrant a lot of effort like dinner, but it can’t be the same thing every day like a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Here is a list of 21 Weight Watchers lunch ideas to inspire you, from tacos and salads to sandwiches and wraps, you’ve now got the next month covered!
If you’re feeling like you want to mix it up for lunch, check out this shrimp recipe. Make the filling ahead of time, then at lunchtime just fill a couple of soft tortillas and you’ve got yourself a tasty and satisfying lunch.
A similar idea, these use chicken instead. They can be prepared ahead of time, but need to be assembled the day of eating, or else you’ll find yourself with a soggy tortilla. The salsa and cabbage are good ways to sneak vegetables into your lunch as well.
If you’re enjoying the tacos for lunch idea, this is another great one for making ahead of time. Pop the chicken in the crock pot on a Sunday and you’ll be all set for the week ahead. If you find yourself getting bored, mix up the toppings each day and try out cheese, avocado, hot sauce, or cilantro.
These baked tacos can be cooked in a batch and packed up individually for everyone in the family to take on a Monday morning to start the week off right! The filling tastes so creamy you wouldn’t think it would make any list of Weight Watchers lunch ideas, but here it is.
Close down that delivery app. It’s not worth the calories! Especially when you can use this fantastic copycat recipe. This is a crumbled tofu recipe, and the longer the tofu sits in the seasoning, the more flavor is absorbed making it the perfect ingredient for a make-ahead lunch. It becomes tastier as the days go by!
These are perfect for lunch because they can easily be made in advance, because let’s face it, not many of us have time to cook at lunch. Using a rice base, the chicken and veggies can be placed on top and stored in Tupperware until lunch. Nothing goes soggy, and the flavor from the chicken seeps into the rice, making it even more delicious.
This is one best taken to work in parts or layered, so it doesn’t go soggy. If you go for the layered option, have the salad veggies on top so they don’t go soggy. It can all be chopped in advance, just try and add the crumbled feta last.
Wraps are such a perfect lunch idea as they aren’t messy to eat and are easy to transport to the office. This recipe uses a delightfully flavorful buffalo sauce on the chicken to give it a kick and wake you up halfway through your day so you don’t reach for that chocolate bar or fifth cup of coffee.
Be the envy of all your colleagues with this tasty burrito bowl. They’ll be even more jealous when they find out how healthy it is! It’s a simple dish that can be whipped up in 20 minutes the night before work and transports really well.
A convenient lunch, it is also jam-packed with nutrients. The chicken gives you a dose of lean protein, whereas the spinach helps boost your immune system. The homemade ranch dressing is very low-cal and gives the wrap the tasty edge it needs to be an exciting lunch.
No one wants to be that person who microwaves an aromatic lunch and stinks the whole office out with it. This lunch idea lets you enjoy a tasty dish like pineapple chicken, but in wrap form so no heating is required! Why does everything taste good cold when it’s wrapped in a tortilla?
The peppercorns in this lunch will be sure to wake you up from that afternoon slump! The bacon and parmesan cheese make it taste like it’s a fattening fast food purchase, but rest assured it’s diet approved. It can be put together the night before for an easy grab-and-go lunch.
13. Broccoli Salad
Hear me out, this isn’t as dreadful as it sounds. Unless you’re broccoli’s number one fan, in which case it must sound like a dream come true! This salad is nice and crunchy and is more like a slaw than a salad. It’s great for BBQs, but also can be eaten alone as a quick and healthy lunch.
14. Big Mac Salad
Everyone who’s seen Supersize Me knows that it’s the buns and the fries that are the killer components of a McDonald’s meal. This recipe keeps the parts that aren’t so bad and creates a Weight Watchers-friendly meal. Think ground beef and salad with delicious seasonings in one big bowl.
This is a perfect lunch for all occasions, whether you want something to take to a potluck BBQ or to the office. Or to a weekend party and then use the leftovers all week! It’s well-rounded with the chicken and broccoli, so more than ‘just a salad’, making it fine for a complete meal vs as a side.
Almost like a potato salad with pasta, it’s taken to another level by using deviled eggs rather than egg salad. You’ll be the hit of the potluck if you whip this up to bring. It’s another party food that will also work as a standalone lunch for you and the family.
If every word of this recipe doesn’t have you drooling, I don’t know what will. This dish makes the list of Weight Watchers lunch ideas because of the zero-point homemade ranch dressing, let’s face it the store-bought version has enough calories in it for an entire meal.
Maybe you want a taco but feel like you should eat a salad? Satisfy that craving and don’t suffer the guilt with this taco salad. It’s also much easier to take the office than a taco that’s for sure, and you won’t embarrass yourself in front of colleagues by dropping taco filling down your shirt! Or is that just me?
Traditionally quite a calorie-dense food, this version has been lightened up so you can enjoy it while following the Weight Watchers plan. While it’s usually bought from a deli counter, this homemade version is much healthier and tastier. All you need is chicken, grapes, apples, walnuts, and then some yogurt and mayo for the dressing. Eat on its own or stuffed in a pita!
Make sure you buy plenty of ingredients because once your family smells this grilling, they’ll all be begging you for one. Using a homemade spinach and artichoke sauce makes it much healthier, and it takes a basic grilled cheese to a new level. Come to think of it, once you’ve tried it you won’t need any other lunch ideas!
Well okay, we’ll do one more just in case. Using a flatbread instead of a roll or even regular slices of bread saves so much on calories. You can stuff them with anything, but this combination is just too delicious not to share. The asiago cheese mixed with the homemade ranch… Well, there just aren’t words to describe the dreamy taste!
Soup is a really awesome lunch food because you can make a huge batch and then heat it up come noon. This soup is especially wonderful because it’s zero points so you can have as many bowls as you want, so if you’re bored at work and need something to do, just keep on slurping!
Usually, burgers are considered a dinner food, or a party food. However, if you make a bunch of patties and grill them all up you have lunch set for the week. You can eat them with a roll, or shop them up into a salad to keep the points down. It’s a fantastic way to add protein to your lunch.
Another soup recipe, because it is a seriously wonderful lunch option. This is a very low-calorie but high-fiber soup, and the fiber will help keep you full for the rest of the day. Fiber has many benefits, like aiding in keeping bad cholesterol under control.
This is the meat lover's edition! Of course, the great thing about pizza is that it is fully customizable so you can leave out or add in any toppings you wish. This is a sneaky recipe too because it uses store-bought crescent dough for the base, so you don’t have to make the dough.
A Mama Blessed shares a super quick recipe that’s perfect for lunch. Quesadillas aren’t quite enough for dinner, you’re going to have to whip up a side if that’s your plan, but they work perfectly for lunch. The chicken adds some protein and makes it less fattening than if it were loaded up with pure cheese.
The word salad is just about the only word that screams Weight Watchers in this recipe! With only four smart points per serving, Recipe Diaries gives us a delightful dish that certainly doesn’t taste like a healthy salad. It’ll satisfy your salty taco craving without sacrificing your healthy lifestyle.
Doesn’t this just sound like a dream combination? But how can bacon and ranch possibly be Weight Watchers-friendly?! Laa Loosh explains that it is all in moderation, as long as you’re not putting the entire bottle into one wrap or a pound of bacon, you can still fit this kind of food into your diet.
At just two points per serving, you can’t go wrong. You can even serve it up in lettuce wraps instead of flour wraps or bread. The yellow mustard Anastasia Bloggers adds, gives it that tangy kick, which goes really well with the egg and tuna.
The best breakfast food can be eaten for any meal of the day. A bowl of bran flakes probably isn’t worthy of lunch, but it’s not one of the best breakfast foods, is it? Breakfast sandwiches, on the other hand, are so delicious it would be wrong to confine them to only breakfast hours. Recipe Diaries shares a beautiful recipe worth 3 smart points.
Pasta keeps so well, making it a perfect lunch because you can prepare it at the weekend and box it up for the whole week or use up dinner leftovers quickly. The danger with pasta is that it can be very carb-heavy, so My Crazy Good Life’s recipe is a good pick because it has plenty of protein from the chicken.
This addictive chicken is served up in individual half peppers, making them very convenient to eat quickly at lunchtime. The worst quality of lunch, in my opinion, is if you can’t pick it up and eat it in a rush! Because let’s be real, most of us are rushing around at that time of day and if you can easily eat it, you’re less likely to skip it and binge later. So thank My Crazy Good Life for saving you from this fate!
Shredded chicken, barbeque sauce, and corn tortillas. What could be more delicious? This is definitely a midday pick-me-up, and it’s pretty much a wrap but cooked and piled a bit higher. Cupcakes and Kale Chips make sure that the cheese and chicken help you pile in that protein.
Mess For Less has us guessing what the two ingredients could be. You need flour, yeast, and some sort of liquid right? At least? They are sneaky and use self-raising flour, eliminating the need for yeast. As the liquid, they use Greek yogurt, which gives it that delicious chewy but soft bagel texture. Try it, we dare you.
Recipe Girl offers up a lightened version of a chimichanga. Didn’t think it was possible, did you? The main difference is that they are baked and not deep-fried. This makes an insanely huge difference in making it appropriate for Weight Watchers. The fillings are also lightened up, think ground turkey and low-fat cheese. The recipe makes four, so one for almost every day of the working week if you don’t share!
I mentioned earlier that a huge element of lunch is how it’s got to be convenient or you run the risk of not eating, only to over-indulge later. Champagne and Coffee Stains take away the problem tacos pose to this and go ahead and bake the elements of a taco in a cupcake. Hello, 12 mini ‘tacos’ aka the envy of the office.
Life Is Sweeter By Design designs a healthy salad from a noodle dish traditionally high in all those pesky GMOs we strive to avoid now. This recipe is full of goodness with nuts, seeds, and, raw cabbage. How is it a ramen salad you ask? Well, the ramen seasoning is added to the dressing. Got your attention now, haven’t I?
Keeping on Point certainly keeps to the point with this insane Weight Watchers recipe. Bacon never seems like it can be eaten on a diet or healthy living plan, but in moderation, it’s all good. Tostadas are low in both calories and points, so you mainly need to watch what you’re adding on top. Low-fat sour cream is the trick used here for the sauce.
These sweet, tangy, and spicy shrimp are delicious thrown on top of salads, rice, pasta, or in a wrap. Making a batch of these will tide you over for the entire week, and you can enjoy them in a different lunch each day. Cooking Made Healthy shares this tasty recipe, which only includes five ingredients!
Sometimes nothing beats an old-fashioned sandwich for lunch. Keeping on Point reveals how to make two-ingredient flatbread dough, before then filling it with deli meat, cheese, and pepperoncini, among other tasty delights. It’s then all rolled up and baked as one, before slicing and dividing it up for the week’s lunches!
I'll leave you with one of my favorite healthy lunch recipes, my spinach and artichoke grilled cheese sandwich!
40 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Weight Loss
- 4 slices low point/calorie bread, I used WW white bread
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
- ½ cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup shredded asiago cheese
- 2 tablespoon fat-free sour cream
- 2 tablespoon light cream cheese, softened
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon each salt & pepper
- Add olive oil to a frying pan and heat over medium heat, add garlic and let cook for 1 minute then stir in the spinach. You want the spinach to wilt which will happen quickly, remove from the heat and place in a bowl, let the spinach cool.
- Drain the artichoke and chop it into small pieces. Add to the cooled spinach, then stir in the sour cream, parmesan and asiago cheese, salt and pepper until well blended.
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat, spread ½ tablespoon cream cheese on each piece of bread.
- Spread half of the spinach and artichoke mixture onto 2 slices of bread, cream cheese side up, top with the other piece of bread *Note, the cream cheese side is on the inside of the sandwich.
- Coat the frying pan well with some cooking spray and add the sandwiches, if pan is large enough you can cook both together. Cook on each side till browned and crispy.
- Remove from pan, cut in half and serve.