It can be hard to find a good lunch menu for a diabetic. Perhaps you are at work or school without access to a kitchen but with plenty of unhealthy choices around you. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and to have a good list of healthy diabetic lunch ideas to choose from!

10 Healthy Diabetic Lunch Ideas

For this roundup, I have chosen a mix of cold lunches, lunches that you can make beforehand and reheat, and a few that require cooking at lunchtime. What they all have in common is that they are (relatively) low-carb, taste amazing, and will give you a healthy boost in energy for the afternoon.

I try to follow the guidelines that my diabetic lunch ideas should have:

  • Less than 20 grams of carbs
  • Mostly carbs with a low glycemic index
  • At least 20 grams of protein
  • Some healthy fat

For even more healthy low-carb recipes, check out my roundups of Breakfast Ideas for Diabetics and Dinner recipes for Diabetics.


Healthy diabetic lunch ideas 

Chicken & Egg Salad

This is one of my go-to lunch recipes. It tastes amazing, is so easy to make that you can barely call it cooking, and you can make a huge batch and store it in the fridge for days. Put it on a piece of low-carb bread and eat a few veggies on the side for the perfect lunch!

Nutrition: 175 calories – 2 g carbs – 30 g protein – 5 g fat

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Chicken & Egg Salad sandwich

Tuna Nicoise Salad

This is my take on the classic Tuna Nicoise Salad with a slightly spicy parsley and mustard dressing. It has been one of my lunch favorites for a while now, since it’s really easy to prep and bring with me wherever I go.

Nutrition: 405 calories – 18 g carbs – 39 g protein – 13 g fat

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Tuna Salad Nicoise seen from above on a white plate

Spinach Rolls

This is a great vegetarian lunch idea (if you are ok with eggs and cheese). The rolls are savory, filling, and just a little bit spicy. I often make enough for several days and they almost taste better cold the day after you make them.

Nutrition: 310 calories – 20 g carbs – 27 g protein – 10 g fat

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Vegetarian Spinach Rolls

Turkey Meatballs

These healthy turkey meatballs are juicy little protein bombs packed with flavor. They’re super easy to make and ready in just 40 minutes. Add a little tomato sauce, crumble them in a salad, or just wrap them up and bring them to work or on a picnic!

Nutrition: 183 calories – 12 g carbs – 31 g protein – 3 g fat

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

Curried Chicken Salad with Apples

This is a more elaborate variant of the chicken and egg salad above. It adds diced apple, cashews, tahini powder, and cinnamon for a really deep savory flavor. Great in a low-carb sandwich!

Nutrition: 236 calories – 9 g carbs – 29 g protein – 6 g fat

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Healthy Curried Chicken Salad with Apples

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

This is the low-carb, homemade chicken nuggets recipe you’ve been waiting for! They’re a much healthier choice than traditional chicken nuggets and they taste even better!

Nutrition: 311 calories – 3 g carbs – 24 g protein – 24 g fat

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Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Beef Fajitas

These healthy and easy Beef Fajitas are perfect for a quick meal if you have access to a stove. You can have them ready in less than 20 minutes from the time you decide to start cooking (they are also great cold or reheated in the microwave).

Nutrition: 336 calories – 11 g carbs – 31 g protein – 16 g fat

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Healthy Beef Fajitas

Keto Cobb Salad

This high fat, low carb Keto Cobb Salad is an easy-to-make keto salad recipe that is full of flavor. Who doesn’t like a salad with bacon, avocado, and crumbled cheese?

Nutrition: 412 calories – 12 g carbs – 38 g protein – 24 g fat

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Keto Cobb Salad on a plate with a fork

Instant Pot Chicken Chili

If you have an instant pot, you can cook up this tasty chicken chili in about 25 minutes. It freezes and reheats really well so you can always have a quick lunch ready to go!

Nutrition: 253 calories – 9 g carbs – 30 g protein – 12 g fat

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Bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Chili with cilantro on top

Smoked Salmon Wrap

Smoked salmon and cream cheese has to be one of the most iconic brunch combinations but I will happily have it for lunch as well. This is a wrap you can even eat in your car while driving if you are REALLY in a hurry and don’t have time for a sit-down lunch.

Nutrition: 291 calories – 18 g carbs – 24 g protein – 15 g fat

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Smoked salmon & cream cheese wraps

When you have tried any of these healthy diabetic lunch ideas, please let me know in the comment how you liked them.

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