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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!

1. Southwestern Veggie Hummus Wraps

A great option for spicing up your Taco Tuesdays. Get the recipe here.
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A great option for spicing up your Taco Tuesdays. Get the recipe here.

2. Chickpea Shawarma Sandwich

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.
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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.

3. Avocado Toast with Eggs, Spinach, and Tomatoes

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.
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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.

4. Salmon Quinoa Bowl

Salmon + quinoa + avocado + Greek yogurt dip + feta = ­čśŹ. Get the recipe here.
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Salmon + quinoa + avocado + Greek yogurt dip + feta = ­čśŹ. Get the recipe here.

5. One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

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

6. Portobello Stuffed Pizza

Healthy pizza. Now that's something we can get behind. Get the recipe here.
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Healthy pizza. Now that's something we can get behind. Get the recipe here.

7. Creamy Avocado Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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.
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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.

8. The Amazing Chickpea Spinach Salad

You can make this hearty salad even healthier by going easy on the honey. Get the recipe here.
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You can make this hearty salad even healthier by going easy on the honey. Get the recipe here.

9. Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers

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.
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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.

10. Ground Chicken Breast Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese

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

11. Southwestern Egg Salad Sandwich

So simple. So good. And so easy to pack and take on the road. Get the recipe here.
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So simple. So good. And so easy to pack and take on the road. Get the recipe here.

12. Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

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

13. Oven Roasted Salmon Rice Bowl

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.
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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.

14. Veggie Turkey Rollups

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.
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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.

15. Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

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.
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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.

16. Tofu Tahini Scramble

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.
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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.

17. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps

Hawaiian pizza in a wrap. Heck, yes. Get the recipe here.
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Hawaiian pizza in a wrap. Heck, yes. Get the recipe here.

18. Grilled Flank Steak Salad With Strawberries

Sweet and savory to satisfy all the cravings. Get the recipe here.
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Sweet and savory to satisfy all the cravings. Get the recipe here.

19. Salmon Burgers With Avocado Salsa

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

20. Taco Salad Bowls

Just as good as (if not better than) Chipotle. Get the recipe here.
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Just as good as (if not better than) Chipotle. Get the recipe here.

21. Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado

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