If you follow the keto diet or just want to reduce your carbohydrate intake, you know how hard it can be to find tasty low carb lunch ideas. To make your life easier – and your belly happy – we’ve rounded up 23 awesome low carb lunches you can meal prep today.
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23 Low Carb Lunch Ideas You Can Meal Prep
1. Keto Greek Chicken
This Greek chicken recipe is loaded with Mediterranean flavor and includes healthy, low-carb ingredients like:
- Greek yogurt
- Homemade Tzatziki (a yogurt-cucumber sauce)
- Garlic and oregano
- Olive oil
This recipe is so simple and perfect for work lunches.
2. Broccoli and Bacon Chicken Salad
If you’re looking for a simple and delicious low-carb lunch, this recipe is it. The combination of bacon, chicken and broccoli is a match made in heaven. The dressing is a simple one made with:
- Greek yogurt
- Lemon juice
This recipe calls for canned chicken, but freshly cooked chicken is the better option.
3. Spicy Pork Brussels Bowls
If you love spicy dishes, you’ll love this low-carb lunch. It’s not as travel-friendly as other options on our list, but it’s worth the effort to make on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
This recipe combines Brussels sprouts with spiced ground pork and freshly cooked eggs. You can tweak the spices to your liking to make it as spicy or mild as you want.
4. Chicken Club “Sandwich”
If you’re following a low-carb diet, one thing that you really miss is having a simple sandwich. But with just a few leaves of lettuce, you can create your own “sandwich” that’s perfect for lunch at work or at home.
You can use any lettuce you like, but Romaine and collards are ideal. For the filling, combine chicken breast with bacon, slices of deli ham, cheese, mayo and tomatoes.
5. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are so versatile if you’re trying to reduce your carb intake. They’re perfect for lunch, satisfying and easy to customize to your liking.
This recipe combines shredded rotisserie chicken with hot sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh onion and avocado tucked inside romaine leaves. You can top your wrap with ranch dressing, but there’s enough flavor here that you don’t need it.
6. Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken
If you’re looking for savory low carb lunch ideas, here’s a great one: lemon garlic butter chicken. It’s filling and satisfying, but still loaded with nutrients.
You’ll need just a few ingredients:
- Boneless chicken thighs
- Green beans
- Garlic, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper
- Chicken stock
- Lemon juice
You can add hot sauce if you want and fresh parsley for extra flavor.
7. Italian Chopped Salad
Here’s the perfect low carb lunch to bring to work or a picnic. It’s simple, quick to prepare but loaded with flavor.
It combines a variety of deli meats (ham, turkey, salami, pepperoni, etc.) with:
- Black olives
- Red onion
- Basil and parsley
You can mix and match ingredients however you want.
8. Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies
Here’s a simple low carb recipe that you can cook in big batches in your air fryer and pack up for the week. You can add whatever vegetables you want, but this recipe calls for:
- Boneless chicken breast or thighs
- Bell peppers
- Purple onion
- Herbs and spices, like chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper
It takes just 10 minutes to prepare this lunch, so it’s perfect for meal prep day.
9. Caprese Chicken
The combination of fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and balsamic is divine. This recipe takes these classic caprese flavors and kicks it up a notch by adding chicken into the mix.
Top each chicken breast with mozzarella and a slice of tomato. Top everything off with a few drizzles of balsamic glaze and fresh basil.
10. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sliders
We love low carb lunch ideas like this one because they’re so easy to make and are perfect for meal prepping. These sliders use hardboiled eggs as “bread,” and they are stuffed with avocado, bacon and small slices of cheddar.
Lime juice and cumin give these sliders a kick of flavor.
Use toothpicks to hold your sliders together.
11. Unstuffed Peppers
If you love stuffed peppers, this twist on the classic recipe makes it low carb by using cauliflower rice.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- Ground turkey
- Bell peppers
- Tomato paste and diced tomatoes
- Fresh spices
- Cheddar cheese
12. Basil Pesto Chicken
Basil pesto pairs so well with chicken, and this recipe takes it to the next level by adding mozzarella cheese.
This recipe bastes the chicken in basil pesto and tops each one with slices of mozzarella and tomato. You can easily pack up each slice of chicken for lunch and pair it with a simple salad in your lunch box.
13. Keto Stir Fry
Stir fry is a great lunch option, whether you eat it cold or hot. This low-carb variation has a ton of flavor but uses just a handful of ingredients, like:
- Chicken breast
- Bell pepper
- Keto stir fry sauce (soy sauce, fish sauce, white vinegar and chicken broth)
- Chili sauce
14. Low Carb Crunchwrap Supreme
Looking for low carb lunch ideas that mimic your favorite fast-food meals? Here’s a low-carb take on the Crunchwrap supreme. It’s perfect for lunch and easy to prepare.
The tasty filling is wrapped in cabbage or romaine lettuce leaves. The filling combines:
- Cheddar cheese
- Ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- Sour cream
- Keto queso
- Shredded lettuce
15. Ranch, Bacon and Cheddar Chicken Saad
Rotisserie chicken makes this a simple recipe to make, and bacon is included, too. You’ll also need mayonnaise, ranch dressing, cheddar cheese and large kale pieces. If you don’t want to add in the ranch or dressing, you can use Greek yogurt to boost the protein and reduce the carbs in this salad.
16. Low-carb Vegan Dinner Bowl
What a treat! You’ll need quite a few ingredients for this dinner bowl, but the flavors mix perfectly. A few of the ingredients that you’ll need are tofu, avocado, maple syrup, sriracha, soy sauce, nut butter, broccoli, kale and a few other greens.
You can also swap out the tofu for tempeh, edamame or even chickpeas if you don’t like the taste.
17. Pesto Chicken Salad
All you need is three simple ingredients to make this salad: chicken, Greek yogurt and pesto. You can buy a rotisserie chicken or make your own at home if you like. Shred the chicken and place yogurt and pesto next to it.
You can dip the chicken in the pesto if you like or eat it any way that you wish.
Gluten-free, rich in protein and super easy to put together, you’ll love this pesto chicken salad recipe.
18. Thai Chicken Salad
If you like Asian salad, this is a quick dish filled with flavor and so easy to make. You’ll use shredded cabbage, peppers, chicken, carrots and nuts in this dish. The peanut butter dressing packs a ton of flavor along with the sriracha and jalapeno.
19. Keto BLT Chicken Salad
A keto BLT is one of my favorite low carb lunch ideas because it’s absolutely delicious. You can probably guess what’s in the salad at a glance: chicken, bacon, grape tomatoes, mayo (or Greek yogurt), parsley, arugula and spices.
20. Tuna Melt Stuffed Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are the perfect substitute for bread and has a fraction of the carbs, too. You’ll love this recipe, which uses the simplest ingredients to make. You’ll only need:
- Bell peppers
- Green onions
- Cheese (shredded is easiest)
- Greek yogurt
And you’ll mix the ingredients together, stuff them into the pepper, top with cheese and melt in the oven.
21. Bell Pepper Sandwich
Remove the bread from most sandwiches and it instantly turns into a low carb meal. This recipe replaces the bread with a bell pepper and adds in:
- Deli meat – whatever you like
Add in a yogurt dressing and you have a fast meal that takes just five minutes to make and tastes delish at the same time.
22. Easy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Greek cuisine makes a lot of appearances on our list, and this salad is no exception. Filled with flavor and protein, you’ll make a chicken salad that uses Greek yogurt, known for its high protein count, instead of mayo for the dressing.
You’ll also enjoy the great flavors of almonds, nuts, grapes, parsley, celery and other delightful ingredients.
If you want to add more flavor, you can use crackers to scoop up the salad and eat it.
23. Chicken Gyro Bowls
Healthy, delicious and fast to make? Sign me up. These chicken gyro bowls take about an hour to cook and contain brown rice, olives, tomatoes, garlic, dill, lemon juice, feta cheese, Greek yogurt and boneless chicken breast.
You can also pile on a bit of tzatziki on top of the rice for a truly delightful taste.
Add in a bit of spices, and you’ll love this low carb meal that is perfect when prepping food, too.
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