Get Excited About Meal Prep With These 6 ‘Adult Lunchable’ Ideas




Jan. 26 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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It’s time to trash mundane and uninspiring work lunches. Adult lunchables allow you to combine flavors, textures, and nutritional value to create a satisfying and enjoyable midday meal. With a little bit of planning and some out-of-the-box thinking, you can elevate your lunch break.

What Are ‘Adult Lunchables’?

These Bento box-style lunches are fun twists on the traditional meal prep, leaning on convenient meal options ideal for those on the go. The trademarked brand Lunchables originated as a kid-friendly meal option in the late ’80s, and today adults are jumping on the bandwagon, inspired to create combinations of quick and easy Bento box-like lunches during their meal prepping.

You can create your own to enjoy as a nostalgic treat or a time-saving solution.

6 Easy ‘Adult Lunchable’ Ideas

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Give your lunchtime a makeover with these easy adult lunchable ideas that bring a perfect blend of convenience, flavor and nutrition to your midday break.

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1. Protein Powerhouse

Start with a base of grilled chicken or tofu for a protein-packed foundation. Add various sliced cheeses, like cheddar, mozzarella, Gouda and pepper jack. Pair these with wholegrain crackers or rice cakes for a satisfying crunch. Don’t forget the veggies — complement the box with cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and baby carrots for a well-rounded and nutritious meal.

2. Mediterranean Delight

Experiment with Mediterranean flavors in your lunch. Use falafel or grilled shrimp as your protein source. Include a mix of olives, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and cucumber slices. Complete the box with wholewheat pita triangles and a side of tzatziki or hummus for a refreshing dip.

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3. Asian Fusion Feast

Create an Asian-inspired Lunchable with teriyaki chicken or tofu, edamame, avocado and sushi rice. Include sliced bell peppers, snap peas, and carrots for a colorful and crunchy twist. Add a small container of soy sauce and pickled ginger to enhance the flavors. This delicious meal provides a balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vegetables. 

4. Caprese Combo

A classic Italian combination, the Caprese lunchable is unique and satisfying. Layer fresh mozzarella, tomato slices and basil leaves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and olive oil for added richness. Pair this with wholegrain or multigrain crackers as a carbohydrate source to keep you fuller for longer. If you’re vegan or dairy-free you can easily swap out the dairy cheese for an alternative to keep the flavors similar.

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5. DIY Salad Box

This customizable salad box is the perfect option if you want a lighter lunch. Choose a mixed greens or spinach base and add various toppings, such as turkey, chicken, tuna or chickpeas. Top the salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and avocado. Include your dressing in a separate container to prevent it from going soggy. Shake it up when you’re ready to eat for a crisp and tasty lunch.

6. Sweet Tooth Treat

This yogurt parfait Lunchable is perfect if you enjoy sweeter flavors. Begin with a base of thick Greek yogurt for a protein boost and a satisfying, creamy texture. Layer with fresh fruits like juicy berries, sliced bananas, diced mango or chopped apples. Add granola or crushed nuts for a crunch and top with a drizzle of honey or a dash of cinnamon for added taste. 

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Meal Prep Tips

Meal prep may feel overwhelming in the beginning. Keep these tips in mind when you begin your journey. 

Plan: Outline your weekly meals, considering nutritional balance and variety.

Use clear containers: There are some added benefits such as keeping the meals fresh. Add labels and an “eat by” date to prevent waste.

Try batch cooking: Cook larger portions of key ingredients to save time and ensure consistency.

Exercise portion control: Use measuring tools to portion out servings, ensuring you get balanced meals without cooking too much.

Freeze smartly: If you don’t eat all your prepped food in time, freeze it so it doesn’t go to waste.

Make a variety:  Cook various proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables for a well-rounded diet. You can mix and match these ingredients to keep your lunches interesting.

Say Goodbye To Boring Lunches

Transform your lunch break into a more satisfying experience with these adult lunchable ideas. These meal prep options can be delicious treats and provide the fuel you need to power through your day.

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By: Mia Barnes

Mia Barnes is a health journalist with over 3+ years of experience specializing in workplace wellness. Mia believes knowledge is power. As the Editor-in-Chief of Body+Mind Magazine, Mia's goal is to cover relevant topics to empower women through information.

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