The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches

As you might know, one of the key factors to success on a slimming diet is preparation. I don’t know about you, but preparing lunch for work is my least favourite job. That’s why we’ve come up with The Easy Guide To Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Packed Lunches!

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I’ve already made the dinner, washed the dishes, had an argument with my other half AND nearly ran over next doors cat- I’m exhausted and cannot be bothered to make a packed lunch.

Inevitably, it gets left until the morning and then I end up with a tin of spaghetti or even worse, I end up buying something with approximately 40,000 calories from the canteen at work. Oooops!

Over the past few weeks, I have been really trying to get some mojo in the packed lunch department and have some ideas to share with you lovely lot. Quick, easy, low calorie and damned tasty- perfect. We do spoil you!

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The Easy Guide To Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Packed Lunches

Tip 1 – Leftovers!

Invest in a good bit of Tupperware, like the Sistema ones below, and take what you had the night before, for the day after.

The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly


Why not take some Curried Butternut Squash Soup or maybe a nice slice of Courgette & Butterbean Frittata?

The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

If your office has a microwave, you can pretty much take anything for lunch- a great way to keep warm in the wintery months too.

Other things that are great as leftovers…

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BLT Pasta Salad
Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms
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Farfalloni Con Funghi
Chilli & Garlic Pasta
Garlic and Chilli Pasta
Marmite Pasta


Tip 2 – Cous Cous!

Over the past few weeks, a firm favourite of mine has been the delicious Ainsley Harriot cous cous range.

This cous cous really is a lazy luncher’s dream. Just add hot water, wait a bit and you have a delicious and really low calorie accompaniment for some salad that will keep you full until home time.

The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

I like to have mine with lots of green leaves, red onion, pepper, cucumber and some form of meat.

Tip 3 – Salad!

The Pinch of Nom Edamame, Sugar Snap and Carrot Asian Salad is also great to take to work- why not try it with the Ainsley Harriott Aromatic Thai Style cous cous?

I have also recently discovered the Pink Slaw from Tesco, which is low in calories and really tasty! Additionally, it makes your lunch really colourful and damned Instagrammable.

The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

Tip 4 – Snacks for the 3PM Munchies!

I like to make sure that I have a full artillery of low-calorie snacks available for the 3pm munchies. I often fill a fruit bowl on on my desk on a Monday and work my way through it during the week.

Other good things to take are;

Perfect for late afternoon snacking session are these Vegetarian Scotch Eggs. They will fill you up until tea time!

The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

Tip 5 – Chocolate!

It’s really important to take snacks to avoid the moments you really want to go and ask Linda for a slice of her birthday cake… Or delve into Debbie’s chocolate stash in the filing cabinet.

If you like to have a sweet treat, you could always take some cake so you don’t feel left out. These Chocolate and Orange Mini Bundt Cakes are perfect to pop into your lunch bag! Enjoy with a cup of tea whilst trawling through endless emails.

The Easy Guide To Packed Lunches | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

What do you guys take for lunch at work? Leave your ideas in the comments! 

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  1. I like the sound of some of these but as a truck driver, I’m restricted massively. While many drivers have all the mod cons in their cabs, I’m self employed so have to travel light and a filling, tasty packed lunch to be eaten cold as well as mid meal snacks seem very difficult to achieve 🙁

    1. I feel your pain buddy. Also a trucker. I’ve been taking cold pastas and stuff to work but I use baby station in service areas to heat it up in microwave.

      1. I’m a delivery driver so I’m in the same boat! But this guide is spot on- the couscous is great especially if you mix in some cold cooked meats or roasted veggies. I make large dinners the night before then have enough pasta/lasagna/stew/whatever for my partner and I for lunch! But my secret weapon is that I invested in little stubby thermos. You can take healthy B soups, homemade free soups, pasta, noodles… Everything!
        Genius idea about the baby fridge, Buzz!!

    2. Get some Kilner jars, fill them with layered salads, hints like rice, pasta and couscous are good to put in there as they’re filling, eggs and tuna too. It’s not ideal for every day but it’s something. I travel on the road a lot and quite often use service station drink machines/ coffee shops to get a hot water for mug shots they sometimes charge 20p but worth it.

  2. I am self employed and work 13 hours in my car, so no microwave, no kettle, no cooker, no fridge 😞 so need a healthy packed lunch on the go please.

  3. Thanks for these tips and ideas, thinking of tasty and interesting lunches that don’t take forever to make is the bit that I am finding the most difficult to achieve, so these are really helpful!

  4. Please could I add to those that don’t have reheating facilities, I bought my husband a soup/stew flask. This will keep food hot for quite a few hours. At least you can have something warm for lunches.

  5. Can anyone help I am a career in the community leave early in morning back late in evening so breakfast lunch and evening meal goes out the window I just live on rubbish the days I work got any ideas what I can take for the 3 meals

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