Low Calorie Meals

Low Calorie Lunch Ideas – Lunches Under 400 Calories


low calorie lunch ideasLow calorie lunch ideas are good to have when you need to plan a diet and want to make sure you stay within you weight loss program goals.

Part of dieting is enjoying yourself while you eat your mid day meal. Noon can seem far away  when you diet, especially if you didn’t eat much for breakfast.

Make yourself up a nice mini banquet table to set a mood and enjoy every morsel.

You might also like to check out ideas for  low calorie dinners or easy low cal meals such as low calorie breakfast ideas you can eat that are under 300 calories.

 Low Calorie Lunch Ideas

(lunches that are 400 calories or less)


  • 1 medium baked potato, cut into chunks; serve on a bed of 2 cups of tossed salad,

topped with 3 tablespoons fat-free Catalina dressing
6 ounces strawberry yogurt (nonfat)
1 medium orange
Calories: 398 Fat: 1 gram

  • 1 cup homemade bean soup with 1 ounce low-fat hamburger

1 slice whole-grain bread
2 clementines (or tangerines)
2 gingersnaps
Calories: 391 Fat: 7.5 grams


  • Cheese souffle, made with 2 eggs and 2 ounces fat-free cheese

1 slice sourdough bread
3/4 cup applesauce (no sugar added), sprinkled with cinnamon
Calories: 378 Fat: 11 grams


  • Sandwich: 1 ounce lean corned beef on 2 slices low-calorie bread, with 3 large leaves of leaf lettuce and some Dijon or yellow mustard

5 fat-free potato chips
fig bar or fig cookie
1 cup of chocolate milk (8 ounces skim milk with 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup)
Calories: 384 Fat: 4.5 grams
Low Calorie lunch ideas like this chicken taco might be something you eat out if you are working and have a fast food joint nearby. It makes a good option.

  • Soft Shelled Chicken Taco: 1 flour tortilla (8-inch), 2 ounces chicken breast (in strips),

1/4 cup salsa, ½ cup shredded lettuce, 1 ounce shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese,
2 tablespoons nonfat sour cream
10 grapes
Calories: 400 Fat: 10 grams

  • Chinese Chicken Salad: Gently toss 3 ounces cooked, cubed chicken breast, 2 cups shredded cabbage, ½ sliced red 1 pepper,

1/4 cup sliced green onionS, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tsp. sesame seeds, ½ tablespoon of sesame oil   –season to taste with salt or soy sauce, vinegar or lemon juice, or pepper

top with 1/4 cup chow mien noodles
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
Calories: 386 Fat: 15.5 grams

  • Bagel Sandwich: 2 ounces shaved, smoked turkey breast on 1 onion bagel with lettuce and 1 tablespoon nonfat mayo

1 large nectarine
8 ounces skim milk
Calories: 392 Fat: 3.5 grams


For those of you who just love your McDonalds what would low calorie lunch ideas be without McDonalds?

From McDonald’s restaurant:

  • 1 chicken fajita
  • 1 side salad with ½ packet barbecue sauce
  • chocolate low-fat frozen yogurt

Calories: 382 Fat: 11 grams
Low calorie lunch ideas end with what else? You guessed it.  Good old tuna. 🙂

  • Tuna-Pasta Salad: 2 ounces (drained) water-pack tuna, 1 cup cooked corkscrew pasta,1 cup thawed frozen veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas), 1 small chopped tomato 1 cup endive; toss with 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan½ cup raspberries (unsweetened)

Calories: 399 Fat: 5 grams

If you enjoyed our low calorie lunch ideas above feel free to leave a comment. We would you to share your 400 calorie or less lunch ideas with other visitors.





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