15 Meal Prep Containers You Need for the Easiest Lunches Ever
Bring your lunch to work every day? Or, more realistically, do you have the best intentions of doing just that? The right set of meal prep containers will motivate you to pack your lunch every single day.
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Meal prep containers need to be sturdy enough to handle freezers, long commutes and the dreaded office microwave. We love these glass containers ($24) that can withstand just about anything, and prove to be incredibly useful for those of us who are learning how to make healthy meal prep recipes for the first time. Also, did we mention the lid has a cutlery compartment? Because it does, and that’s awesome.
There’s a reason mason jars have remained incredibly popular over the years—they work. And they’re ideal for meal prepping, especially for breakfast. That’s right, your meal prep isn’t limited to lunchtime—parfaits, granola, oatmeal and even cereal are ideal for packing and eating in a set of standard mason jars ($13).
If you’re used to packing in zip-top bags, grab a set of these bags ($11), which literally close with a zipper. They’re made from waterproof PUL fabric to keep messes at a minimum and are a cinch to wash and dry. Don’t get us started on all the adorable patterns—hedgehogs, cacti, dragon fruit—there’s seriously something here for everyone. (Bonus points if you pack yourself some of these hedgehog cookies.)
When you’re not planning to microwave anything (because…zap!), these sleek metal containers ($30) are the perfect option. Airtight lids make sure food stays put until lunchtime.
Love yogurt? You’re not alone—whether you’re bringing it for breakfast, lunch or snack time, you’ll want to look into these small glass yogurt containers ($20). Spoon in your favorite Greek yogurt and enjoy your daily dose of calcium from your desk, and feel confident that Becky from Finance won’t steal your yogurt from the fridge anymore. (These other lunch theft-prevention tricks work, too.)
Pyrex is the queen of storage containers, so it’s no surprise they’ve got an incredible set of glass containers ($45) featuring different sizes, all perfect for packing your lunch. This particular set is great for your kid’s lunch, as well, as you can pack fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and deliciously well-deserved desserts in individual containers.
Not only are these silicone meal prep containers ($17) super lightweight, they’re virtually indestructible. If you suspect you might be in for a wild commute, this is the set for you. Psst: Don’t worry if pink isn’t your color—these come in a veritable rainbow of choices.
Have a delicious meal that’s meant to go together, but know you can’t pack it in one container without ruining it? This two-compartment dish ($30) was made for you. No more worrying that packing your avocado on your lettuce will make the lettuce wilt or that adding granola to your yogurt will leave it squishy before you can even enjoy it.
That’s right, we’re back with more mason jars ($12). But this time, they’re adorably tiny, and perfectly suited to that new healthy salad dressing you’ve been meaning to try. This set of six jars has a tight seal, ensuring that dressing won’t leak on your way to work. Plus—we cannot stress this enough—they are so amazingly cute.
There’s nothing quite like a piping hot soup during the winter months. The only drawback with bringing soup to the office is the fear of spilling it all over your bag and yourself, leaving you sputtering in front of your co-workers, saying, “it wasn’t supposed to be like this.” These round containers ($20) are leak-proof, meaning you can travel in peace knowing your soup will stay where it’s supposed to.
This set of glass containers ($60) not only features dishes in four sizes, but it comes with a set of sustainable bamboo lids, which make your meals both gorgeous and environmentally friendly. And if you’re looking to learn how to meal prep, this may be a good starter set, as you’ll likely want to start small and work your way toward preparing and freezing large batches of food.
When you want a three-course work lunch—come on, treat yo’self!—reach for these small, medium and large metal bowls ($18). As the name suggests, they nest together, making them a smart addition to any size cupboard.
Sometimes meal prepping can be as easy as storing last night’s leftovers and bringing them to work in the morning. If you can’t ever quite guarantee a standard meal-prep container can properly hold your dish, opt for a multi-sized set of sturdy containers ($40). This set is also great if you like to pack yourself a lot of little things instead of one main dish.
Some people meal prep for the week while others prep for the month—if you enjoy a little variety in your meals, this set of 10 glass containers ($30) is for you. Unlike other sets, this one comes with two sizes—a 12-ounce set and a 34-ounce one—making it ideal for whichever meal you’ve prepped for this week.