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Orzo, bean and tuna salad on two plates

10 low-calorie lunch ideas

Published: February 21, 2022 at 4:16 pm
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After some tasty low-calorie lunches? Try our Thai-style broccoli-fried rice, avocado pasta or coronation tofu salad to fuel you through your day

Looking for a low-calorie lunch? Whether you want veggie options, a healthy lunchbox idea or something that’s good for your gut, we’ve got you covered. Try our healthy dinner ideas for nutritious eating all day long.

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With whole food ingredients, you can still enjoy a delicious lunch that's low in calories but full of goodness and flavour. The increased fibre in these low calorie lunches will ensure they keep you fuller for longer, and supports a healthy digestive system. Protein and vegetables then create the perfectly balanced lunch, and provide a good base of vitamins and minerals to support your health.

Get more healthy lunch inspiration with our collections of healthy soup recipes, healthy lunch recipes and healthy sandwiches. Working from home? Check out our healthy working from home lunch ideas.


Low-calorie lunch ideas

1. Vegetable omelette

Jazz up an omelette with plenty of grated courgette, kale, peas and chilli flakes. Serve alongside cherry tomatoes dressed with white wine vinegar for a well-balanced, low-calorie lunch.

Omelette Filled with Green Vegetables on a Plate with Tomatoes

2. Orzo, bean and tuna salad

Turn storecupboard staples into this vibrant, nutritious orzo pasta salad with roasted red peppers, black olives and protein-packed tuna. All for under 300 calories.

Orzo, bean and tuna salad on two plates

3. Warm red rice, herb and salmon salad

Try this nutritious, spice-packed rice salad for a healthy midweek meal. Not only is it high in fibre, it's rich in omega-3 fats, too.

Warm Salad Recipe with Red Rice and Salmon

On the table in 15 minutes, this nutritious, pesto-tossed salad is packed with greens offering a host of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling energised throughout the day.

Easy Grain Salad Recipe with Pesto Dressing

5. Miso chickpeas and avocado on toast

Avocado on Toast Recipe with Chickpeas and Miso

6. Avocado fusilli pasta

Avocados make salad dressings and ice creams super-creamy, so why not put them in a pasta sauce? It’s a great way of using up overly ripe avocados and adding some healthy fats to your meal.

Avocado and spinach fusilli

7. Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

This broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and delicious midweek meal. It's on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it's low-calorie and high in protein.

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

8. Roast sweet potatoes with zhoug

Check out these roasted sweet potatoes topped with crumbly feta, juicy tomatoes and zhoug – a spicy herb sauce. This veggie recipe is super-easy to make, packed with plenty of flavour and low in calories.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Herb Sauce

9. Sweet potato and lentil curry

A vibrant vegan curry that's great for a comforting lunch or simple dinner. Made with sweet potatoes, red split lentils, coconut milk and plenty of spices, it packs a nutritional punch.

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Sweet potato and lentil curry

10. Sweet potato groundnut soup

Check out this easy vegan soup recipe with sweet potato. Packed with punchy chilli and smooth peanut butter, this flavoursome soup is super-creamy, while still being low in calories.

Sweet Potato Peanut Soup Recipe

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