National Nutrition Month: 31 Days of Healthy Lunches

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When you eat better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you’ve got more time and energy for the sports you love. So get your healthy nom on this month for National Nutrition Month with this (not-so-challenging) challenge: Ditch the grease, skip the lines, and fix yourself healthy lunches. Only want to do it once? That’s cool. Want to do it every other day? Awesome! Every day? Even better. We’re willing to bet that you’ll feel a lot better by the end of the month.

Challenge accepted? Cool. Here are some fun recipes curated on our Pinterest boards to get you going. Have a healthy recipe that you love? Add it to our Listly list.

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month with 31 Days of Healthy Lunches!

It's hard enough to stay awake some afternoons, and that fast food lunch definitely doesn't help. Celebrate National Nutrition Month by vowing to bring healthier lunches with you to work (it doesn't have to be January to start a new resolution!).

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Day 1: Spicy Peanut Portobello Kale Rice Bowl

This dish provides you with healthy greens, healthy fats, and healthy grains! What more could a health-consious luncher want? Need extra protein? Keep it vegan with some added tofu, or mix in some chicken or steak. Make ahead and bring to work with you.

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Day 2: Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs

Not going to lie to you, if you want pasta, spaghetti squash won't always cut it. But it IS delicious. And healthy. And pretty easy to prepare. Try this recipe or develop your own.

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Day 3: Quinoa Veggie "Fried Rice"

Chinese buffet? No thank you. The quinoa in this recipe offers up some great texture, whole grains, and lots o' protein.

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Day 4: Broccoli White Bean Soup

Pull out that thermos and bring this to work with you for some afternoon comfort. The broccoli and beans will fill you right up, and the pepper and parmesan provide a nice flavor. Best part? This will have a drastically lower sodium content than any soup you'd get out of a can or at a restaurant without sacrificing the flavor.

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Day 5: Chicken Burgers with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Get some organic chicken, a whole wheat pita, and your fave Greek yogurt for this treat.

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Day 6: Marinated Tofu Salad

This looks flavorful, refreshing, and nutritious. Great for a day when you feel like you've maybe overindulged a bit...

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Day 7: Turkey Tortilla Wrap with Avocado Cream

A seemingly simple wrap with lots of protein and flavor.

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Day 8: Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chia Seed Bagelwich

For a sweet lunch, try this. Use whole wheat bagel thing, English muffins, or bread.

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Day 9: Avocado Pita Pizza with Cilantro Sauce

Prepare most of this ahead of time, bring to work and reheat. Add avocado right before you eat.

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Day 10: Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Wrap

Make everything ahead of time and throw together before work.

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Day 11: Southwestern Quinoa Wrap

For our vegetarian friends.

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Day 12: Vegan Butternut Squash Burgers with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Yum! High fiber, high protein..

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Day 13: Tuna Melt Boats

Sub lettuce for the bread and you've got yourself a low-carb winner with this delicious lunch.

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Day 14: Sesame Crusted Avocado and Cabbage Spring Rolls

Tired of boring sandwiches and salads? Try this.

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Day 15: Tilapia Tacos

Mild flaky fish, colorful slaw, avocado and a creamy greek yogurt lime juice sauce all wrapped in a toasty whole grain tortilla.

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Day 16: Blueberry-Orange Parfaits Recipes

Have a mid-day sweet tooth? Satisfy it with this yummy lunch.

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Day 17: Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins Recipes

Upgrade your lunch with this flavorful yet light chicken salad.

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Day 18: Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Make these for dinner and pack them with you for lunch the next day. Leftovers never tasted so good!

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Day 19: Cucumber, Tomato, Onion, Avocado, and Balsamic Salad

Light yet flavorful.

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Day 20: Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

Easy to make ahead. Yum.

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Day 20: Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Filling and flavorful!

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Day 21: Braised Eggplant with Tofu in Garlic Sauce

Vegetarian and oh-so-filling.

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Day 22: Chicken Sausage over Lentils

Don't be dissuaded by the lentils--they're actually delicious!

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Day 23: Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad

This looks great--cold or hot.

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Day 24: Lemony Bean Salad

Throw in some extra veggies and some rice to make a complete protein.

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