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Whole30 Cold Lunch - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, EASY lunch options!

These 10 Whole30 Cold Lunches will help you feel empowered on the go! Great options for work, school, travel, or just a simple meal at home. Perfect if you are doing a Whole30, or eat Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, or soy-free. It can feel intimidating to eat Whole30 on the go and one of the best defenses can be to BYOL (bring your own lunch!). Here are some ideas!

Cold Lunch Meal Template

I always aim to have the Whole30 meal template: 1-2 palm-sized servings of protein, healthy fat, and veggies, with fruit as desired. This concept is not mine, but is from the Whole30 materials. You can see it in their PDF download HERE. I found my clients needed a visual representation, so I created this graphic to easily reference how to build a Whole30 plate.

How to build a Whole30 Plate - Wholefoodfor7

With that, let’s break it down into components first so you can build almost your own DIY Whole30 Lunchable:

Protein:

Sweet Everything Bagel Whole30 Tuna Salad - Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free dairy-free easy cold lunch option!

  • Egg salad: Mix two hard-boiled eggs with my Date Mustard to the desired preference. Add garlic salt to taste! Pictured below with snap peas, watermelon, and a homemade “trail mix” (recipe in my Cookbook).

Whole30 Cold Lunch - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, EASY lunch options!

Whole30 Chicken Salad - This paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free Whole30 chicken salad is super easy! Only 6 ingredients and can be made with canned chicken. A great cold portable lunch option!

  • Compatible lunch meat – I love Applegate turkey I can find at Walmart. Just roll it up and eat it like a Lunchable, EASY protein! Shown here with a side of Whole30 Caulilfower “Hummus” (in my Cookbook), Everything Bagel Nuts (recipe in my Cookbook), and fresh raspberries. 

Whole30 Cold Lunch - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, EASY lunch options!

  • Compatible meat sticks – My favorite are Original Beef Chomps, which I find at the most affordable price at Costco but is also available at Trader Joes, Walmart, and Target. Pictured below with my Plantain Pizza Pockets (in my Cookbook), strawberries and cashew butter, and Kale Chips.

Whole30 Cold Lunch - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, EASY lunch options!

Paleo Chick-fil-a Chicken - These Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free strips or nuggets are a family favorite! They freeze great, can be cooked in the airfryer or oven, and include nut-free and egg-free options.

  • Whole30 Wrap – Now, per the Whole30 Pancake rule, no tortilla recreations are allowed. However, if it does not use any compatible flour such as these Coconut Wraps, they are compatible! (Yes, I triple checked personally with Whole30 CEO Melissa Urban – these ARE compatible!). They aren’t big but they work great for wrapping up deli meat and the fixings or any of my chicken strips. The possibilities are endless!

  • Whole30 Sandwich – Yes, such a thing exists! You just have to think outside the bun. Check out this blog post I wrote for Whole30 on 7 Ways to Make a Whole30 Sandwich. So many easy awesome ideas here!
  • In my Cookbook only:
    • Chicken Avocado Salad (a Cookbook fave!), served with homemade Tostones
    • Plantain “Pizza” Pockets
    • Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad with an EASY homemade Whole30 Creamy Caesar Dressing 

Sides

Veggies
  • Raw veggies like carrots, cucumbers, or peppers with Homemade Ranch 

  • Homemade kale chips – Be sure to notice the tip on how to keep them crunchy with a foil pouch!

  • Homemade veggie Hummus and Plantain chips (in my cookbook)
  • Whole30 Broccoli Salad – We love this one on the go! As long as you have a way to keep it cold, it’s delicious and no reheating required to enjoy a veggie-loaded side. 

Whole30 Broccoli Salad - An awesome veggie side dish that is Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free. Fabulous in cold lunches or to bring to any party, picnic, or potluck!

  • Whole30 Kale Salad – Kale is dense and doesn’t get soggy easily, so you can mix this up at home the morning of, or bring the delicious easy eggless dressing with you and toss before eating. 

Whole30 Kale Salad Kit - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, easy!

  • A green side salad – Just stating the obvious here so you don’t forget it! I love my side salad with my Date Mustard, sunflower seeds, avocado, and hard-boiled eggs and a pinch of garlic salt. 
  • Whole30 Cilantro Salsa Slaw – I don’t like coleslaw, but I LOVE this Mexican-inspired coleslaw. 

Whole30 Cilantro Salsa Slaw - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, keto. Easy and fast!

Whole30 Veggie Queso Dip - Paleo, Gluten-free, dairy-free, Keto, EASY. Great travel or lunch box snack!

Healthy Fats

  • Compatible nuts or seeds of choice – Just double check they aren’t cooked in non-compatible oils. Want a fun flavorful nut mix? Try my Pumpkin Spice Roasted Nuts. 
  • The best Roasted Pecans – Seriously, I don’t like pecans. But these are AMAZING! No oil is required for this crispy result!

  • Nut butter with fruit like apples, bananas, or strawberries
  • Tostones and Guac – Store-bought chips or tostones are not allowed on Whole30, but Homemade Plantains are and make a great pairing with homemade guacamole. 
  • Avocado in all the things – your salad, your wrap, your sandwich!
  • Guac and raw veggies like carrots and cucumber

Just for fun

  • ANY raw fruit is Whole30 compatible. Enjoy!
  • Date balls – Pay attention to the disclaimer information as to whether these date balls are right for YOUR Whole30!

Whole30 Date Balls - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free. Easy and delicious!

  • Chunky Monkey Smoothie – This smoothie is full of veggies and healthy fats, with no added sweetener. Just be sure to use almond or cashew butter to keep it Whole30. Plus, this one stays blended well and won’t weirdly separate by lunchtime! Are smoothies allowed on Whole30? YES. But, read under the “Smoothie” section of this Whole30 website for full details. 

 

Many of these EASY lunchbox recipes mentioned in this post can be found in my cookbook Whole Food for Your Family, which has 100+ budget- and family-friendly recipes. You can learn more or grab a copy of my cookbook HERE!

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2 Comments

  1. These look amazing! Could you tell me what kind of kabob sticks you used? And do you have a preference on affordable bento box containers?

    Reply
    • Hello! Glad these look tasty. The sandwich size kabob sticks I got at a local Cash and Carry store. But looks like Amazon has some like them here: https://amzn.to/4b22DtY . And the exact bento boxes I used are no longer sold through Walmart, but similar ones are here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3HrzP0l . Enjoy!

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