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14 Lunches to Try if You’re Trying to Eat More Protein

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Protein is having a moment – and the advice is to make sure you’re including it at every meal to stay satisfied and have consistent energy to get through your day. Here are some filling and delicious high-protein lunches to satisfy you until dinnertime.

Whipped Cottage Cheese

Whipped Cottage Cheese
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Whipped cottage cheese can go in sweet or savory directions and is a delicious topping for toast with fruit or served with veggies and chili oil for a savory option. Easy to make ahead for those busy days too! 
Get the recipe: Whipped Cottage Cheese

Easy Salmon Caesar Salad

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This salmon Caesar salad is a delicious, healthy, and flavorful protein packed lunch! It’s easy to make, and it’s a great way to use up leftover salmon from last night’s dinner. You can make your own Caesar dressing or use store-bought if you prefer! Get the recipe: Salmon Caesar Salad

Big Mac Salad

Big Mac Salad
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If you are looking for a protein packed lunch that won’t leave you tired after lunch, this is it! This yummy burger salad can be prepped ahead for quick lunches. Get the recipe: Big Mac Salad

Cheesy Ground Taco Skillet

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This cheesy ground taco skillet is packed with protein-rich ingredients. Corn, black beans, ground turkey, cheese, and taco seasonings come together for a hearty meal! Stuff into tortillas or serve with veggies and chips for scooping. Get the recipe: Cheesy Ground Taco Skillet

Easy Taco Salad

Easy Taco Salad
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This taco salad is a delicious and tasty protein packed lunch that you will love. Make it ahead of time and pull it out to enjoy for lunch! Black beans and ground beef give it plenty of protein and there are lots of healthy veggies included too! Get the recipe: Taco Salad

Crockpot Chicken and Salsa

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Crockpot chicken and salsa makes a delicious weeknight dinner, but the leftovers make a great lunch. Use the chicken for salads, quesadillas, burrito bowls, or nachos!
Get the recipe: Crockpot Chicken and Salsa

Quinoa Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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This healthy and delicious salad is protein packed with 19 grams of plant-based protein per serving, and it’s ready in under 15 minutes. The zesty lemon vinaigrette really makes it pop and the quinoa will keep you full until dinner time. Can easily be prepped ahead. Get the recipe: Quinoa Arugula Salad

Baked Furikake Salmon

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This tender salmon with a crunchy coating is delicious and loaded with protein. Serve with rice and a veggie or cucumber salad for an easy rice bowl meal.
Get the recipe: Furikake Salmon

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad

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If you are looking for a protein-packed lunch that is full of spice and healthy veggies then this crunchy buffalo chicken salad recipe is for you. Delicious buffalo chicken, crispy lettuce, crunchy veggies, and ranch dressing make this a lunch you will be looking forward to all morning long.
Get the recipe: Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Lemon Chicken Salad

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You can have this lemon chicken salad on the table in minutes by using a rotisserie chicken, or any leftover chicken you might have. This lemon really brightens the flavor of this delicious, protein-filled salad, and the homemade basil dressing will make it a recipe that you make again and again. 
Get the recipe: Lemon Chicken Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad

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You won’t be hungry after a bowl full of this tasty strawberry chicken salad. Not only is there chicken and strawberries, this salad also has avocados, goat cheese, pineapple, and pistachios in it. Don’t forget the homemade poppy seed dressing to pull it altogether for a tasty lunch you’ll love. 
Get the recipe: Strawberry Chicken Salad

Tuna Salad Collard Wraps

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You are going to love these tasty tuna salad collard wraps. They are perfect for a healthy lunch on the go and they have lots of protein from the tuna and chickpeas. The olives and red bell pepper give this tuna salad a unique taste and nice crunch too! Get the recipe: Tuna Salad Collard Wraps

Potato and Cod Fish Cakes

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If you are looking for something different to have for a nice, light, but protein-packed lunch check out these potato and cod fish cakes. These pan-fried cakes are delicious, especially when you pair them with the homemade sauce.  Get the recipe: Potato and Cod Fish Cakes

Chicken Rissoles

Chicken Rissoles
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Chicken rissoles are basically a delicious chicken burger! The family will love these chicken rissoles, especially if you serve them with all of their favorite burger toppings. These are perfect for a quick lunch, and would even be good for a handheld lunch on the go.
Get the recipe: Chicken Rissoles

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