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21 High-Protein Lunches Under 500 Calories

Cook these big batch recipes once and eat them for the rest of the week.

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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!


14. Veggie Turkey Rollups

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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.