15 Bread-Free Lunch Box Ideas Every One Will Love — Ditch The Carbs

Long gone are the days when lunches consist only of a soggy sandwich—instead, give these bread-free lunch ideas a try!

There are so many ways to make a nourishing, delicious meal without any of the carbs that leave you sluggish and bloated. Here are some of my favorite non-sandwich recipes that are quick and easy to put together.

lunch box with small portions, pizza chaffle with pepperoni on top, sausage roll, and gluten-free sushi

15 Bread-Free Lunch Ideas

If you have found yourself staring blankly into the pantry trying to figure out to make for lunch that will keep you energized, this post is what you’ve been looking for.

Each of these recipes is kid-approved and full of flavor. From kebabs to chicken nuggets, lunchtime may become the new favorite meal of the day!

Are You Stuck In A Lunch Rut?

Lunch is one of those meals that can be just tough to plan out. You don’t really want to do any cooking. You aren’t all that hungry, but you want something that is filling and helps you avoid snacking.

When you are eating low-carb, it’s really easy to get stuck in the salad rut. If the thought of another chopped salad with lettuce, veggies, and dressing, sounds monotonous, then this list is for you!

All of these ideas are quick, easy, and they don’t have bread. Even better, none of them is a salad either. They are all hearty but take just minutes to prepare.

When you are ready to start a low-carb lifestyle, plan for protein-packed lunches. They will keep you feeling full and fuel your body all day long.

Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas

One type of lunch that almost all of us remember from kids is the sandwich. It’s quick, easy, and portable – what’s not to love?

Oh yeah, the carbs.

Thankfully, I have some non-sandwich lunch ideas that taste like takeout and are effortless. Some of them don’t need any refrigeration, and some are hot and hearty.

Yes, I even included low-carb mug cake and nut-free cookies on the list. When you prepare them with keto ingredients they become a high-protein meal that satisfies you.

Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too, right? 😉


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Bread-Free Lunch Ideas

These healthy bread-free lunch ideas are going to become some of your favorite meals! They pack easily in your lunch box and provide enough variety to keep you enjoying lunch.

1. Lunchbox Kebabs and Dips

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These 5 healthy lunchbox kebabs and dips make lunchtime fun! They are made with all whole ingredients – fresh fruits and veggies and meats. The combination of flavors is outstanding!

5 Easy Healthy Lunchbox Kebabs and Dips

Give your lunchbox an upgrade with these easy and fun kebabs and dips.

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2. Grain-Free Granola Bars – 2.4G Net Carbs

grain-free granola bars wrapped in baking paper and placed on a wooden chopping board

These grain-free granola bars can be made easily in your food processor and oven. Make them ahead of time and you can pack them in your lunchbox – grab and go!

Grain-Free Granola Bars

Easy blender recipe for grain-free granola bars – 2.4g net carbs! Just throw everything in the blender. They are the perfect after school snack.

Check out this recipe …

grain-free granola bars wrapped in baking paper and placed on a wooden chopping board

3. Low-Carb Cauliflower Sushi – 5G Net Carbs

low-carb cualiflower sushi on a plate with soy sauce on side

This low-carb cauliflower sushi is absolutely delightful! Roll up some chopped cauliflower with cream cheese and fish. It tastes like takeout!

Low-Carb Cauliflower Sushi

An easy and simple blender recipe for healthy low-carb cauliflower sushi. It is perfect for a healthy lunch for work or school. Low-carb sushi is an amazing nutritious snack.

Check out this recipe …

Easy blender recipe for healthy low-carb cauliflower sushi is perfect for a healthy lunch or snack. Take them for a packed healthy work or school lunch. #lowcarb #keto #glutenffree #primal | ditchthecarbs.com

4. Low-Carb Mug Cake – 4.5G Net Carbs

Four different low-carb mug cakes in bowls on a table with forks.

A mug cake is a really sweet way to enjoy lunch. Plus, you make them in the microwave, so your lunch is minutes away. This post has the complete recipes for 4 different mug cakes.

Keto Vanilla Berry Mug Cake

How to make a quick and easy 1-minute coconut flour keto vanilla berry mug cake – even when you don’t like to cook!  

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The ULTIMATE quick and easy 1-minute coconut flour keto vanilla berry mug cake

5. Mini Pizza Chaffles – 1G Net Carbs

low-carb Pizza chaffles

It’s amazing how some egg and mozzarella cheese in a waffle maker can make these mini pizza chaffles! They are almost carb-free! Enjoy the taste of pizza for lunch.

Easy Low-Carb Mini Pizza Chaffles

Low-carb mini pizza chaffles are the perfect weekend lunch your whole family will love. Make them personalized by adding your own toppings.

Check out this recipe …

low-carb Pizza chaffles

6. Nut-Free “Peanut Butter” Cookies – 2G Net Carbs

The secret to these nut-free peanut butter cookies is the tahini. It gives the cookies a wonderful texture and full flavor, you don’t even miss the nuts.

Nut Free ‘Peanut Butter’ Cookies

Nut free ‘peanut butter’ cookies are such a simple idea. Use sesame seed paste (tahini) instead for that nutty flavour. In fact, you can use any nut butter you like and can tolerate.

Check out this recipe …

7. Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies – 2G Net Carbs

Quick and easy sugar free, gluten free, coconut flour chocolate chip cookies. | ditchthecarbs.com

Pack some cookies in your lunch! These coconut flour chocolate chip cookies are delightfully soft and have that same sweet flavor. The difference is these have plenty of protein and almost no carbs!

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quick and easy low-carb coconut flour chocolate chip cookies are perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee, or pop one in your children’s school lunch box.

Check out this recipe …

Quick and easy sugar free, gluten free, coconut flour chocolate chip cookies. | ditchthecarbs.com

8. Hard-Boiled Eggs In the Instant Pot

Hard-boiled eggs are the perfect addition to a low-carb lunch. Check out how to hard boil eggs using an Instant Pot. Your perfect eggs are just a few minutes away.

How to Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot

Boil eggs in the Instant Pot using this method. Follow the easy instructions to make the perfect boiled egg.

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9. Fat Head Sausage Rolls – 3.6G Net Carbs

Fat Head sausage rolls have arrived and are going crazy. How to turn a humble sausage into something spectacular . | ditchthecarbs.com

Use the popular Fathead dough to create your own portable Fathead Sausage Rolls. If you are craving something salty, these will hit the spot!

Fat Head Sausage Rolls

Fat Head sausage rolls are the perfect party food, dinner or lunch box filler. Make as large or as small as you like. See the conversion below to see how to make these using almond flour or coconut flour.

Check out this recipe …

Fat Head sausage rolls have arrived and are going crazy. How to turn a humble sausage into something spectacular . | ditchthecarbs.com

10. Meatloaf Cupcakes – 0.6G Net Carbs

low-carb ground beef recipes - low-carb meatloaf cupcakes

At less than one gram net carbs per cupcake, these little wonders are the perfect lunch idea. These meatloaf cupcakes have only 4 easy ingredients.

Meatloaf Cupcakes

Versatile and easy meatloaf cupcakes are great for dinner, lunch or the school lunch box. Make extra as they freeze really well in an airtight container. They can even be used when you need a protein hit.

Check out this recipe …

low-carb ground beef recipes - low-carb meatloaf cupcakes

11. Keto Chicken – 4 Ways

How to make easy keto chicken - 4 ways. Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Italian. #keto #ketochicken #healthychickendinner #proteinsnack #chickendinner #glutenfreedinner #healthydinnerrecipe

Another really easy lunch idea is to munch on a chicken leg. These 4 ideas are the best ways to season and prepare chicken legs that are low-carb and sugar-free.

Easy Keto Chicken – 4 ways

How to make easy keto chicken – 4 ways. Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Italian. Perfect for dinner, snacks and healthy school lunches. 

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How to make easy keto chicken - 4 ways. Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Italian. #keto #ketochicken #healthychickendinner #proteinsnack #chickendinner #glutenfreedinner #healthydinnerrecipe

12. Chicken Nuggets – 2.5G Net Carbs

GENIUS! Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets

These low-carb chicken nuggets taste just like the ones you remember from when you were a kid. There’s no fillers or anything artificial in them- just pure goodness.

Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets

Ditch the chicken nuggets today and start making low-carb chicken nuggets. Grain-free and using 100% chicken meat. Even the adults adore these.See the recipe notes below how to use coconut flour instead or almond flour if you wish.

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GENIUS! Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets

13. Salmon Cream Cheese Bites – 0.1G Net Carbs

Keto salmon and cream cheese bites are the perfect keto lunch and keto snack. #ditchthecarbs #ketosnack #ketolunch #lowcarbsnack #ketosalmon #lowcarbsalmon

Yes, you read that right! These salmon cream cheese bites have virtually no carbs in them! They are full of healthy fats from the salmon and cream cheese.

Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites

Salmon and cream cheese bites are easy to make if you place the salmon pieces in the mini muffin tins after you have poured the quiche mix in.  

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14. Pepperoni Bites – 1.9G Net Carbs

Super easy pepperoni bites is a wonderful recipe to make for a snack, appetiser or even a full meal served with vegetables. Low carb and gluten free, grain free and sugar free. | ditchthecarbs.com

These pepperoni bites are the perfect thing to eat for lunch. They are small enough that you can use portion control easily – and they taste wonderful with fresh veggies.

Super Easy Pepperoni Bites

I love super easy pepperoni bites for dinner and any extras are kept for school lunch boxes for the next few days ahead.

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Super easy pepperoni bites is a wonderful recipe to make for a snack, appetiser or even a full meal served with vegetables. Low carb and gluten free, grain free and sugar free. | ditchthecarbs.com

15. Low-Carb Meal Prep For A Family

healthy low-carb meal prep for a family of four

The best way to make sure that you make low-carb choices for lunch is to prep ahead of time. This low-carb meal prep guide shows you just how to do it in less than 2 hours!

More Low-Carb Lunchbox Recipes

5 Bonus Low-Carb And Keto Bread Recipes

This transition away from bread can be tough. As you transition away from bread one of the easiest ways to break that habit is to bake keto-friendly bread.

All of these low-carb and keto bread recipes let you eat those foods you might miss on a low-carb diet – sandwiches and grilled cheese. These bread recipes fit perfectly in your healthy packed lunch ideas.

1. Low-Carb Almond Flour Bread – 1.9G Net Carbs

healthy low-carb almond flour bread and butter on bread board

This almond flour bread tastes amazing with butter on it or as a keto grilled cheese.

Low-Carb Almond Flour Bread

The easiest recipe for low-carb almond bread … with only 2 steps! A low-carb almond flour bread that slices like the real thing. Perfect sliced for a low-carb sandwich, toasted or even used for a bread stuffing.

Check out this recipe …

healthy low-carb almond flour bread and butter on bread board

2. Keto Bagels – 2.4G Net Carbs

The ultimate EASY recipe for KETO mozzarella dough bagels.

Smother these keto bagels with butter or eat them just as they are. With less than 3 grams net carbs per bagel, you can eat the entire thing for lunch.

Keto Mozzarella Dough Bagels

 Incredible mozzarella dough keto bagels. Perfect for salmon and cream cheese.

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Easy recipe for Keto mozzarella dough bagels. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #LCHF #sugarfree #healthyrecipe | ditchthecarbs.com

3. Coconut Flour Mini Cheese Loaves – 1.3G Net Carbs

Coconut flour mini cheese loaves are the gold standard when it comes to flourless bread. These are simply magical!!! Low carb and keto friendly, these are perfect for lunch boxes and dinner. See the easy recipe. | ditchthecarbs.com

These coconut flour mini loaves are bite-sized pieces of Heaven! They are packed with fiber and healthy fats that will keep you full all day long.

Coconut Flour Mini Cheese Loaves

The perfect little cheesy mini loaf for lunch boxes. Serve warm with butter.

Check out this recipe …

Coconut flour mini cheese loaves are the gold standard when it comes to flourless bread. These are simply magical!!! Low carb and keto friendly, these are perfect for lunch boxes and dinner. See the easy recipe. | ditchthecarbs.com

4. 1-Minute Keto Muffins – 2G Net Carbs

1 minute keto muffins are fluffy and versatile sweet or savoury. Take a look, you will love them. | ditchthecarbs.com

Not only do these keto muffins taste great, but they only take a minute to make. Plus, there are only 4 easy ingredients.

1-Minute Keto Muffins

The perfect quick keto bread is this 1-minute keto muffin. Grain free little snacks that can be made both sweet OR savoury depending on which flavours you decide to add.

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1-minute keto muffins are fluffy and versatile sweet or savoury. Take a look, at the 5 flavours, you will love them. #lowcarbrecipes #ketobread #ketomuffin #lowcarbbread #lowcarbmuffin #healthyschoollunchbox #healthyschoollunch #glutenfreelunch #glutenfreekids #grainfreekids

5. Low-Carb 3-Seed Bread – 1.9G Net Carbs

THIS IS IT!!! The famous low-carb 3 seed bread that kiwis and Aussies are raving about. Perfect with melted butter and vegemite or marmite. #ditchthecarbs #glutenfreebread #lowcarbbread #ketobread #healthybread

This 3-seed bread has such low net carbs because it has so much fiber in it. It’s made with Chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.

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