How to Make 10 On-the-Go Lunches With 20 Basic Ingredients

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Is this the year that you’ve resolved to finally eat healthier and save your money instead of spending it? Packing your own lunches each day for work and school is both cheaper and healthier, and Her Campus is here to help inspire your culinary genius! This week, we’ve compiled a list of ten lunches that can all be made using twenty cheap ingredients. So grab a friend and head to the grocery store – healthy and delicious lunches await you! Bon Appétit! 
 
Your Shopping List:

  1. Peanut Butter
  2. Honey
  3. Mayonnaise
  4. Mustard
  5. Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Granola
  8. Crackers
  9. Bread
  10. Lettuce
  11. Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers
  13. Grapes
  14. Bananas
  15. Apples
  16. Cheddar Cheese
  17. Tuna
  18. Sliced Deli Salami
  19. Feta Cheese
  20. Sliced Deli Chicken

1. Fruity Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
This yummy dip makes for a great snack and a fun lunch! If you like it with unsweetened Greek yogurt, try it with flavors like strawberry or raspberry too. It keeps well in your fridge for about a week, so make a big batch and take part of it to work or school in a little Tupperware container. It tastes great with bananas, apples, crackers and little pieces of bread!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup natural runny peanut butter
1 Tablespoon honey
Fruit/crackers for dipping

Directions: Mix together yogurt, peanut butter and honey, making sure there are no lumps. Transfer to small container. Eat with crackers and fruit.
 
2. Tuna Salad Sandwich
Tuna is a healthy lunch food and it’s also easy to make! Adding grapes to tuna really enhances the flavor, but feel free to substitute the grapes with other fun ingredients like cantaloupe, celery and apples.

Ingredients:
2 slices of bread
5 oz cans of your favorite tuna
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Grapes, halved
Lettuce
 
Directions: Drain tuna and place in mixing bowl. Mash and break up tuna with a fork. Add mustard and mayonnaise to tuna and mix well. Add halved grapes to mixture. Place tuna mixture on bread slices. Add lettuce. Top with second slice of bread and cut in half. 

3. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
I know, I know – the PB&J sandwich is way overdone. But try this variation on the classic brown-bag edition and you might be swayed. Experiment with different types of bread to mix it up even more!

Ingredients:
2 slices of bread
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 banana, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup granola 

Directions:
Spread peanut butter on bread slices. Top the peanut butter with thinly sliced bananas and honey. Sprinkle granola over honey and top with remaining slice of bread.

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Jenni is a senior at Bucknell University where she will soon graduate with a degree in Psychology and minors in Creative Writing and Italian. Although Bucknell is in Lewisburg, PA (hello, corn fields!), her home is actually all the way in Seattle, WA. While at school, she enjoys hanging out with her sorority sisters, tutoring in the Writing Center, running and cooking/ eating delicious food. After spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy during her junior year, she is itching to continue traveling and loves anything associated with food, cooking, health and writing. She is currently finishing up her time as an Editorial Intern for Her Campus and will be headed to Boston University in the fall to begin working on a Masters degree in Journalism.