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13 Easy Vegan Lunches You Can Bring to Work
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While it may be tempting to eat out every day when you’re at the office, doing so can get expensive, not to mention unhealthy. And when you’re a vegan, the options can be somewhat limited.

Fortunately, these vegan lunch recipes will keep you full and productive all day. Here are 13 delicious, healthy vegan lunch ideas that are easy to make.

13 Vegan Lunch Ideas

1. Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich

Two Peas & Their Pod

Source: Two Peas & Their Pod

Total time: 10 minutes

This easy and delicious sandwich requires—you guessed it—smashing the ingredients together and serving on bread. It also works as a salad (minus the bread, of course).

2. Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

POPSUGAR

Source: POPSUGAR Fitness

Total time: 45 minutes

Packed with fiber, this salad in a Mason Jar is already healthy with veggies like greens and peppers. Plus, you’ll feel full for longer—which will keep you from feeling cranky, and in turn be more productive.

3. One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Vegan Heaven

Source: Vegan Heaven

Total time: 25 minutes

Quinoa is also high in protein, which has a number of long-term health benefits for your body physically and mentally. It’s the star of this delicious lunch option.

4. Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad

Happy Kitchen Rocks

Source: Happy Kitchen Rocks

Total time: 30 minutes

In addition to being completely vegan, this lunch is gluten-free. If you have a spiralizer or are interested in adding one to your set of kitchen appliances, you’ll be enjoying it in no time.

5. Vegan Curry-Spiced Sweet Potato & Wild Rice Burgers

Ambitious Kitchen

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

Total time: 1:15

Like other vegan burger recipes, you can give these versatile lunches a unique twist with different ingredients and toppings. You can also make these in advance and freeze them before cooking.

6. Pineapple BBQ Tofu Bowls

Sweet Peas and Saffron

Source: Sweet Peas and Saffron

Total time: 35 minutes

Fire up your grill to make these easy lunch bowls. You can store them in your refrigerator for up to four days, so they’re convenient options if you need to plan ahead for a busy work week.

7. Tofu Burrito Bowl

The Fitchen

Source: The Fitchen

Total time: 15 minutes

You’ll find plenty of nutrients—protein, fiber, and healthy fats—to boost your productivity and focus at work in this delicious vegan alternative to the classic burrito bowl. The spices make it especially tasty. 

8. Spicy Veggie Noodle Bowl

Deliciously Ella

Source: Deliciously Ella

Total time: 35 minutes

This is a great-tasting way to pack more vegetables into your lunch. Experiment with different vegetables—and even fruits like mango—for more variety.

9. Vegan Sabich Sandwich

My Goodness Kitchen

Source: My Goodness Kitchen

Total time: 25 minutes

This vegan twist on the classic Israeli sandwich uses a white bean and vegan mayo spread instead of egg. It also includes fried eggplant, tabbouleh, and hummus.

10. Olive and Artichoke Tart

Green Evi

Source: Green Evi

Total time: 50 minutes

A slice of this delicious tart, packed with flavor and soy-free, is a great choice for work lunches, as well as a weekend brunch.

11. Sushi in a Jar

Feasting on Fruit

Source: Feasting on Fruit

Total time: 10 minutes

Far from authentic but absolutely delicious, this deconstructed vegan sushi parfait is easy to prepare and customize according to your tastes. It also looks as good as it tastes, so you’ll make all your coworkers jealous!

12. Ranch Pasta Salad

Vnutrition and Wellness

Source: Vnutrition and Wellness

Total time: 20 minutes

Much healthier than its meat alternative, this pasta salad contains tempeh for protein and will make for an easy and great-tasting lunch at the office. 

13. Creamy Cauliflower Pakora Soup

Taste of Home

Source: Taste of Home

Total time: 40 minutes

Modeled after the taste of Indian pakoras, this soup is flavorful and especially satisfying in the winter. Pro tip: If your commute to work is a bumpy one, freezing soup in individual containers ahead of time will keep it from spilling or leaking.

Being a Vegan at Work

There are many benefits to going vegan—it can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and improve your kidney function, to name a few—but there are also some challenges. The workplace can present some difficulties for vegans. Here is information you should know.

Statistics

According to a 2018 poll by Gallup, 5 percent of Americans are vegetarian, and 3 percent are vegan. Some other statistics include:

• Veganism and vegetarianism are more common among people earning less than $30,000 per year and less common among higher-earning individuals. 

• At 8 percent, adults between the ages of 30 and 49 make up with age group with the largest number of vegans. They are closely followed by the 18-29 age group, 7 percent of whom report being vegan.

• Five percent of people identifying as politically liberal say they are vegan, higher than the percentage of those identifying as moderate or conservative.

The Challenges of Being Vegan at Work

• Work lunches

If your team is going out to lunch or you’re meeting a client at a restaurant, you may have a challenge finding a vegan option on the menu. So, what do you do? If you’re the one choosing the restaurant, it’s a lot easier: you can just pick a place you know has vegan options. Otherwise, call ahead to let the restaurant know about your dietary restrictions. Most will be accommodating to your needs.

• Snacks

If you work in an office, chances are, people bring in snacks and treats often. Unfortunately, as a vegan, you probably won’t be able to eat most of them. Bring in vegan alternatives to snack on instead. This will also help you keep your energy up. If it’s during a time of year when there is an abundance of treats, such as the holidays, have a vegan treat of your own, like a cupcake. 

Health

Of course, your diet affects all aspects of your life, including work. Nutrients are necessary for focus, productivity, and more. Make sure you talk to your doctor about your diet and how to replace the nutrients you may not be getting from food with dietary supplements and other resources.

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