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21 High-Protein Lunches Under 500 Calories

Eating meals high in protein can help you stay full longer, keeping that afternoon ~hanger~ at bay.

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Protein takes longer to digest than carbs, filling you up and keeping you full for longer, registered dietitian Albert Matheny of ProMix Nutrition and Soho Strength Lab, tells BuzzFeed Health.

It’s also essential for building lean muscle mass, which can really help with weight loss if that’s your goal, and won’t spike your blood sugar the way a carb-based meal would, meaning you won’t be hungry again in an hour. #Bless

Here we’ve rounded up lunches that have more than 15 grams of protein, come out to 500 calories or less per serving, and are super easy to make ahead of time, so your weeks are a little less hectic.

Okay, dig in!

Make the delicious garlic dill sauce ahead of time so that you can easily spread it on your sandwich when packing lunch. Get the recipe here.

Dice up the veggies and prepare the delicious avocado the night before so you can pack and go in the morning. Get the recipe here.

A whole pan of this chicken and veggies only takes 20 minutes to whip up and means lunch for days. Get the recipe here.

Whip up a huge batch of this healthy chicken salad on the weekend and have it to throw on salads or in sandwiches during the weekdays. Get the recipe here.

Make a big batch of these and have them to put on a bun, salad, or whatever your heart desires all week. Get the recipe here.

All you need is five ingredients and 20 minutes of time to make these healthy meatballs. Get the recipe here.

Switch it up from your regular sandwich routine and pack your lunch INSIDE a tomato. Get the recipe here.

Prep this recipe in just 20 minutes on a Sunday and voilà, you’ll have four lunches to eat throughout the week. Get the recipe here.

Assemble these roll ups with just turkey, carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, and hummus. Make sure to double this recipe so you’re getting a big enough meal to get you through the afternoon. Get the recipe here.

Toss all the ingredients into a Crock Pot in the morning and have delicious chili ready to pack for lunches when you get home. Get the recipe here.

Mix the tofu tahini scramble ahead of time and it’ll only take you five minutes to throw this salad together on busy mornings. Get the recipe here.

Great to eat over salad greens or by themselves with the fresh avocado salsa. Get the recipe here.

The only thing better than avocados is STUFFED avocados. And this one is made with tuna, bell peppers, and jalapeños. Get the recipe here.

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