Diets rich in protein tend to be among the healthiest. According to medical researchers, protein helps build stronger muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails. Protein also helps repair tissue, oxygenate the blood, improve digestion, and regulate hormones. An added benefit of diets high in protein? You tend to eat less food throughout the day because you typically stay fuller longer. We pulled together our favorite high-protein lunch meal prep recipes with high protein, flavor, and ease of meal prep in mind. We hope you enjoy these recipes!
Set it and forget it! Those are some of our favorite words. Make this first thing in the morning, or for dinner and then eat leftovers for high protein lunch.
(Protein: 38 grams – Carbohydrates: 56 grams – Fat: 20 grams)
Just because it's a veggie-based lasagna doesn't mean it's not loaded with protein!
(Protein: 39 grams – Carbohydrates: 19 grams – Fat 28: grams)
You read that correctly. Meatballs with all the taste of tacos. Sign us up for this high protein lunch recipe!
(Protein: 28 grams – Carbohydrates: 13 grams – Fat: 23 grams)
Asian-themed dishes tend to make great high-protein lunches. Just sayin'.
(Protein: 33 grams – Carbohydrates: 32 grams – Fat: 23 grams)
Taco-themed lunches are always a hit. These use wonton wrappers. Fun, right?
(Protein: 24 grams – Carbohydrates: 24 grams – Fat: 19 grams)
You'll be so glad at lunchtime that you made this pot roast. It might seem like a lot for lunch, but you can eat this for several days.
(Protein: 49 grams – Carbohydrates: 30 grams – Fat: 19 grams)
Anything that can be served in bowl form is a win for us, and these pork carnitas deliver a high-protein lunch recipe you'll make again and again.
(Protein: 41 grams – Carbohydrates: 11 grams – Fat: 38 grams)
Bacon and chicken are natural pairings and together, they give you a high-protein lunch of 35 grams per serving!
(Protein: 35 grams – Carbohydrates: 35 grams – Fat: 19 grams)
Salmon is so good for the brain, and lentils are loaded with protein and work well with salmon. And who doesn't like broccoli? A delicious high-protein lunch recipe is served.
(Protein: 50 grams - Carbohydrates: 61 grams - Fat: 8 grams)
Shrimp is a great candidate for a high protein lunch because it defrosts and cooks quickly and works well with a variety of sides, like this cauliflower rice.
(Protein: 27 grams - Carbohydrates: 20 grams - Fat: 5 grams)
This may feel like a fancy mid-day meal, but it's not! This high-protein lunch recipe is very easy, but it will feel like a treat!
(Protein: 33 grams – Carbohydrates: 10 grams – Fat: 19 grams)
Prep the noodles ahead of time, and these pork chops will cook in a flash.
(Protein: 34 grams – Carbohydrates: 11 grams – Fat: 37 grams)
A totally low-carb lunch that happens to be portable. We love this high-protein lunch recipe with tuna, herbs, and avocado.
(Protein: 23 grams – Carbohydrates: 13 grams – Fat: 39 grams)
(Protein: 36 grams – Carbohydrates: 16 grams – Fat: 12 grams)
Serve on a roll, over rice, alongside noodles, or with cornbread. An awesome high-protein lunch!
(Protein: 22 grams – Carbohydrates:4 grams – Fat: 8 grams)
These bowls are loaded with a whole lot of good stuff, and clock in at 41 grams of protein per serving.
(Protein: 41 grams – Carbohydrates: 23 grams – Fat: 34 grams)
One of our favorite tricks is to make "pizza chicken," which means that chicken serves as the crust and the toppings include cheese and other delights. High protein and low carb!
(Protein: 40 grams – Carbohydrates: 11 grams – Fat: 11 grams)
We haven't forgotten about plant-based diets! This one is so delicious and loaded with protein.
(Protein: 31 grams – Carbohydrates: 43 grams – Fat: 37 grams)
This high-protein lunch recipe couldn't be faster or more flavorful!
(Protein: 28 grams – Carbohydrates: 20 grams – Fat: 19 grams)
Tacos are a fun quick lunch. The avocado sauce is easy, and the veggies give this a great crunch.
(Protein: 29 grams – Carbohydrates: 30 grams – Fat: 19 grams)
(Protein: 24 grams – Carbohydrates: 30 grams – Fat: 19 grams)
A panini is a crispy, comforting lunch, what with all that gooey cheese. Lunchtime equals sandwiches!
(Protein: 33 grams – Carbohydrates: 29 grams – Fat: 14 grams)
Prep the salmon ahead of time, and the rest of this lunch comes together in a flash. Salmon and white beans together mean extra protein!
(Protein: 43 grams – Carbohydrates: 18 grams – Fat: 25 grams)