Good Questions

Ideas for Healthy, Shelf-Stable Lunch Items to Keep at Work?

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Q: I sometimes forget to pack or bring my lunch, or I come to work straight from my boyfriend’s grocery-sparse apartment. What are some lunch items I can keep at my desk that feel reasonably healthy and not too depressing? Product suggestions, recipe ideas, or other solutions are all welcome.

I want to avoid a Sad Desk Lunch of whatever’s on sale at the CVS in my office building (recently a new low of Wheat Thins, individually wrapped cheese slices, and gummy peach candy). Help please.

Sent by Anna

Editor: Anna, back when I had a desk job, I always kept a couple cans of good-quality soup on hand for emergency lunches. (That’s assuming you have access to a microwave.)

Readers, do you have any suggestions for shelf-stable, relatively healthy lunch items to keep at work?

Anjali Prasertong


Anjali is a former private chef who is currently a full-time nutrition student, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and toddler. You can read more of her writing at Eat Your Greens.