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To realize your best meal prep self, you’re going to need the best meal prep containers. Lucky for you there’s a fleet of container companies designing their sleek and sturdy wares with daily meal prep in mind. These also work well for storing leftovers and packing lunch!

We know. Making your lunch and bringing it to work can seem…laborious. (Ditto keeping on top of school lunches for your kids.) All that chopping and batching on Sunday takes time and effort, but it’s also the best way to keep that Whole30 promise you made to yourself. Well, unless you spring for a certain meal kit delivery plan but until that secret trust fund kicks in you might need a more practical solution for daily lunches.

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What you really need is motivation—and that can come in the form of the right meal prep container which actually makes the whole meal prep process kind of fun or, at the very least, easy. That’s why we rounded up some of our favorite meal prep containers that are good-looking, uber-functional and will not only put you in the lunch-making spirit and ensure you never spend $16 on an overpriced chopped salad again.

Even if you’re currently working from home, it’s worth doing the actual labor of making lunch ahead of time—that way you can sit down (away from your laptop!) and truly enjoy your lunch break. And if your kids are currently still distance learning, it can be helpful to pack their lunch ahead of time too.

18-Piece Glass Storage Container Set with Lids, $31.99 from Amazon

Glass Storage Containers with Lids


This 18-piece set is a dream for portioning out soups, stews, and brown-rice bowls and then tossing them in your work bag—the snap lids are completely spill-proof. (Hot tip: Use the tiniest one to tote condiments and dressings.)Buy Now

Stasher Reusable Storage Bag 3-Piece Set, $40.25 from Amazon

Stasher Reusable Storage Bag 3-Piece Set


May you never buy another plastic bag again. These reusable silicone wunderkinds come in a variety of sizes (there are three in this set). Use one for your sando and the baby ones for cut carrots and berries. Check out more colors and sizes on the Stasher site.Buy Now

Ball Quart Jar, 2 for $19 from Amazon

Ball Regular Mouth 32-Ounce Mason Jars


We know you’ve maybe heard of this one before, but still, there’s nothing more satisfying than constructing a gorgeous mason jar salad, which is pretty much the perfect way to beat the “sad desk salad” blues (but they’re also great for holding homemade cold brew and oat milk).Buy Now

Ello Meal Prep Container 10-Piece Set, $39.99 from Amazon

Ello meal prep container set


These glass containers are wrapped in silicone to prevent from chipping, and the fun colors mean you’ll always be able to identify your lunch in the shared fridge at work.Buy Now

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Oxo Good Grips Leakproof On-the-Go Salad Container, $15.99 from Amazon


This genius three-layer salad container separates your proteins and toppings from your greens, and a mini container with a twist-off top keeps your dressing in check.Buy Now

Tastemade Prepd Pack Lunchbox Set, $59 from Amazon

Prepd Pack lunchbox


This genius pack has a sleek bamboo cover and a Tetris-like modular design with containers that are completely spill-proof. (You can buy different sizes to mix and match.) Plus, it comes with magnetic cutlery, which decreases your chances of accidentally tossing one in the trash.Buy Now

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Bentgo Double Bento Box, $14.99 from Amazon

Bentgo Double Bento Box


Prove that you’re a Millennial who can actually cook (or at least one who remembers to bring those leftovers your friend gave you to work) with this double-decker bento box that can be converted into a one-tier box, too, depending on your haul.Buy Now

W&P Porter Lunch Bowl Container, $25+ from Food52

W&P Porter Plastic Bowl with Silicone Strap


If you’re all about those grain bowls (or green salads), this BPA-free bowl with a snap-on silicone lid strap will make it feel chic and keep it secure until lunch time. You can also upgrade to a full lunch set that adds a smaller container for soup or sides, two mini bowls for dressings or condiments, and utensils that fit into a snug silicone sleeve.Buy Now

Header image courtesy of Prepd

Julie Vadnal is a writer and founder of the newsletter JULES. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Glamour, and Real Simple. Follow her on Instagram at @julievadnal.
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