Lunch Ideas for Construction Workers

Three men eating lunch

For construction workers, lunch isn’t quite as straightforward as it is for the average 9-5 employee. Depending on the location of the construction site, there may not be any restaurants or fast food places nearby for a quick bite. Even if there is, construction workers don’t always have the time to go off-site for a mid-day meal and it gets expensive day after day.

To help you get through the afternoon and beyond, we put together a few lunch ideas for construction workers that hearty, portable, and keep you full all day long.

Tacos: Soft tortillas make for an ideal lunch base because they’re portable, lightweight, stand up well in a variety of temperatures, and can be easily throw in any bag without getting crushed.

Once you have the tortillas taken care of, you’ll want to fill your tacos with veggies and some meat. Adding chicken, fish or beef adds more flavor and keeps you fuller. If you want to add a little something extra, consider beans or lentils. Top it off with cheese, guacamole and some hot sauce and you’ve got yourself a delicious and hearty meal that will get you through the day.

Wraps: Similar to tacos, wraps are filling and can use soft tortillas that make them easy to transport around the construction site. Plus, there’s no reheating required which is a bonus if you don’t have access to a microwave on the jobsite. Find your favorite deli meat (or three) and load it up! Add some cheese, lettuce, pickles and maybe a little mayo and mustard (which is always the great debate) and you’ll be set to go!

Best of all, wraps are easy to eat standing up and in a hurry when you are really pressed for time and space on the construction site.

Protein Bars & other snacks: Don’t underestimate the ability of a good yet filling mid-day snack to hold you over until your next meal.

Protein bars provide an energizing, filling snack with plenty of protein and carbs. Just make sure you don’t get the ones that taste like cardboard. Peanuts and other mixed nuts, pre-popped popcorn, and granola bars also provide a lot of bang for your buck and keep you full.

Soup or noodles: If you’re lucky enough to have a tool like the OXX COFFEEBOXX on your construction site, consider switching it over to the hot water line to make yourself a quick cup of soup or noodles (or some oatmeal for breakfast). Not only are these dishes hearty and filling, but they provide some hydration to keep you running smoothly through the afternoon.