Do you find it difficult on Slimming World to find tasty healthy easy lunches that are not using syns or costing a fortune? Here I share with you some great Unofficial Slimming World lunch ideas for work or home.
They may help a little depending on what kind of job you do or what sort of lunch you like. Obviously, not all work environments have access to the same amenities so I have tried to give a mixture of healthy lunch ideas.
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Choosing lunches for weight loss
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within these recipes in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe cards.
If you are a driver, carer or need a lunch to take to work on the go then my work lunches on the go guide should help.
Cold packed lunches for work
Taking a packed lunch doesn’t mean you have to use bread and take a sandwich. I have so many Slimming World friendly lunch ideas for you here that will help keep you interested in healthy food for lunch.
Sticky Chicken Salad
This Sticky chicken salad is a popular choice and can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Sweetcorn Fritter with Rocket and Salsa
This is a lovely lunch as you eat it cold so it doesn’t need warming through but it is a bit more filling than a salad because let’s face it salad can be nice but isn’t always that filling!
Sweetcorn Fritter could be adapted to make other fritters quite easily.
This mango couscous is a tasty option to consider and is so summery and fruity it will always make you smile.
For a more Mediterranean feel why not try my roasted vegetable couscous with feta.
Your own recipe Couscous
Mixing up some couscous with a salad like diced peppers, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced onions and a little fat-free vinaigrette can make a tasty lunch without all the syns/calories of a shop-bought similar meal.
It can be made more filling with chunks of chicken or other meats.
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DIY Pasta Salad
Simple and easy just boil some pasta, strain, and allow to cool. Then add in some halved cherry tomatoes, cubed cucumber, diced peppers, some pickled red cabbage in its juice (this helps make the pasta salad less dry), some diced onion and whatever else you fancy!
Fruity pasta salad
Unofficial Slimming World lunch ideas – Make a fun Salad
A salad doesn’t have to just be leaves, tomatoes and cucumber there are so many great things you can put into a salad.
Ideas include eggs, chicken, Quorn, baby corn, mangetout, sugar snap peas, peppers, beetroot, pickled onions, cottage cheese, pineapple, ham, onions, celery, spring onions, rice, pasta, couscous, apple and so much more the list is really endless so the salad doesn’t have to be boring!
Honey salmon salad
This is a great recipe for a low-calorie easy lunch. Honey salmon salad can be cooked before work or made easily at lunchtime if you prefer.
Piri Piri chicken salad
Making this delicious Piri Piri chicken and adding it to a salad is a great choice for an easy lunch as you can cook the chicken the night before.
Nigerian Jollof Rice
This is so tasty and full of flavour. Making a batch of this for lunches makes a wonderful change. My Slimming World friendly Nigerian jollof rice recipe is here. I promise once you have tried it you will want to make it again and again!
Vegetable sticks and dips
If you fancy a lighter lunch then vegetable sticks and dips maybe with some cooked chicken or crab sticks too can be really easy and again not need any kitchen equipment. I have some great healthy dip recipes so the choice is yours. These are an easy syn free snack too.
Quiche with a crust
If you prefer a quiche with a bit of a crust but that is healthy then how about these pepper quiches?
Why not use your healthy extra b choice and have a sandwich for your lunch if that’s what you fancy or fits well into your lifestyle. There are so many sandwich filings it can give you a good variety but still be on plan.
The only disadvantage with it, however, is of course that it is using that element which means you can’t have it for another meal or snack that day.
Falafel in a wrap or on its own
My easy falafel recipe is great for lunches in a wrap, perhaps with some mango chutney, or on their own with a yoghurt dip.
Spinach and pea frittata
Again this doesn’t require any kitchen equipment so ideal if you work out and about or just don’t feel like queueing for the work microwave!
The curry loaf is easy to make and you could make it at the weekend or the night before the choice is yours.
For an easy work lunch or buffet meal how about this easy chicken rice salad?
If reading this has made you hungry and you just want to click and order some tasty snacks then remember that you can get past this by finding something else to do.
Plan snacks for the next few days that fall within your plan using my guides. Perfect if you have a chocolate craving or just fancy a nibble!
There are lots of ideas in my snacks ideas guide and if you are peckish.
Hot lunch ideas for work
Slimming lunches – Soup
Taking soup is really easy in a Thermos Flask as some keep food hot for a whole 24 hours so even long-distance drivers can have something warm. It is usually Slimming World friendly if you make it yourself too!
There are so many different soups that you don’t have to get bored.
Check out my yummy soups round-up full of tips to make the soup more filling and lots of different recipes. Here are some popular ones:
- Tomato soup that tastes like heinz
- Mushroom soup
- Minestrone soup
- Hearty vegetable pasta soup
- Celery soup
- Broccoli and stilton soup
- Italian meatball soup
- Butternut squash soup
- Red lentil soup
Slimming lunch ideas for work – Leftovers
If you have access to a microwave at work or like me are lucky enough to work from home then this is perfect for a filling and easy meal at lunchtime.
It is so easy to just make a bit extra and saves so much time the next day! Check out my recipes for lots and lots of ideas! Pasta meals are particularly good to reheat.
Etsy for weight loss
Most cafes or restaurants do jacket potatoes too so it is a quick easy choice.
It might not be for everyone but it is pretty easy to do and very cheap so maybe just the right meal idea for you?
Unofficial Slimming World easy syn free lunches – Pasta, Chilli or Curry in a Flask
If you have a food flask then there is nothing stopping you from taking foods like this in it and keeping it hot until lunch. Runnier foods work better in them I find but see how you get on.
Depending on the consistency of your meal you can sometimes get away with a drinks flask too if it will pour out of the neck.
A few recipes I can recommend for a food flask are:
- Italian meatball soup
- Turkey chilli
- Chilli Con Carne
- Mixed meat paella
- Vegetable and chick pea paella
- Chicken and bacon carbonara
- Spaghetti bolognese
- Butternut squash risotto
- Mushroom risotto
Tuna poke bowl
This is an easy and quick recipe for lunches if you like something a little different then the Tuna Poke bowl could be perfect for you.
This tasty quesadilla recipe would be great to make the night before as a low syn work lunch. A change from sandwiches and leftovers and it feels so special too.
These Stuffed peppers are great hot or cold and a lovely dish to enjoy for lunch as a break from sandwiches, soup or leftovers!
Roasted vegetable salad
If you want a warm salad with a difference then this roasted vegetable salad could be perfect for you.
An easy hot lunch recipe all the family can enjoy together. Check out my Shakshuka recipe and tips to see if it could be the perfect lunch for you.
Starting a diet or getting back on plan
If you are looking to start a diet, or even kickstart a diet you already follow, then a fresh start can be just what you need. Check how many syns (approx) are in your favourites or how many calories if you follow another plan so you can regain control.
Meal planning can make a big difference so why not grab a notebook and plan this week’s meals. I recommend Musclefood for low-cost meats to keep you on track too.
Lunch on the go & healthy lunches to buy
If you are looking for the syns of products you could buy for lunch then here are some Slimming World lunch on the go ideas and their syn values.
Batchelors Pasta n Sauce syns (all approximate)
- Chicken and mushroom 65g – 1 syn
- Tomato and basil 65g – 1.5 syns
- Spicy arrabbiata 65g – 1.5 syns
- Rich bolognese 65g – 2 syns
- Cheese and broccoli 65g -2.5 syns
- Cheese and pancetta 65g – 2.5 syns
- Mac n cheese 65g – 3 syns
- Big pots 85g Chicken and mushroom – 1.5 syns
- Big pots 85g Cheese and Broccoli – 3.5 syns
- Big pots 85g Mac n cheese – 4 syns
- Big pots 85g American style mac n cheese with bacon – 4 syns
- Big pots 85g American style mac n cheese with garlic mushroom – 4 syns
Mug Shots syns (all approximate)
- Korma rice (60g serving) – 1.5 syns
- Mexican rice (60g pot) – 1.5 syns
- Creamy cheese pasta (68g pot) – 3 syns
- Minestrone pasta (60g packet) – 1.5 syns
- Sweet chilli noodles (60g packet) – 1.5 syns
- Teriyaki Noodles (60g packet) – 1 syn
- Cajun pasta (60g packet) – 2 syns
- Chorizo and olive rice (60g pot) – 1.5 syns
- Jalfrezi rice (60g pot) – 1 syn
- Cheese and broccoli pasta (68g pot) – 2.5 syns
- Pulled pork noodles (56g pot) – 1 syn
There are lots of other flavours with varying syns up to 5 syns a pack for the soup in wild mushroom flavour.
Bachelor’s Super Noodles syns 75g pots (all approximate)
- Chicken – 7.5 syns
- Curry – 7.5 syns
- Bacon – 7.5 syns
- BBQ Beef – 8 syns
Batchelor’s cup a soup to go syns (all approximate)
- Tomato 33g pot – 6.5 syns
- Chicken 23g pot – 4.5 syns
- Cream of vegetable 38g pot – 8.5 syns
- Chicken and vegetable with croutons 34g pot – 7 syns
Batchelor’s Super rice and sauce syns (all approximate)
- Chicken and mushroom 60g pot – 1 syn
- Mild curry 60g pot – 1.5 syns
- Sweet and sour 60g pot – 1 syn
- BBQ beef 65g pot – 1 syn
John West lunch on the go syns 220g pots (all approximate)
- Mediterranean style tuna salad – 5 syns
- French-style tuna salad – 5.5 syns
- Italian-style tuna salad – 5.5 syns
- Moroccan style salmon salad – 3 syns
- Thai style salmon salad – 2 syns
- Mild curry tuna salad – 6 syns
- Tuna, lime and cracked black pepper salad – 6 syns
- Tuna, tomato and black olive pasta salad – 5 syns
More you may enjoy for healthy living
Fancy 4 weeks of lunches already planned out for you? Check this lunch plan to save you time.
I have other guides to recipes with specific ingredients/diets so do go and have a look at those too. Recipes with chicken, vegetarian and vegan recipes, how to use quark and quark recipes, how to cook the perfect rice and recipes with rice, butternut squash tips and recipes and many more just check out my recipes directory. Be sure if you check out anything though to look at the tasty desserts I share and see what you would enjoy.
There are many different lunch ideas across the world such as Dal-Rice in India, Ploughman’s Lunch in UK, Barbecue Ribs in the USA etc. What do you enjoy for lunch?
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