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We know. Making your lunch and bringing it to work can seem somewhat…laborious. All that chopping and big batching on Sunday takes work, but it’s also the only way to stay on your keto, paleo, or Whole30 plan starting January 2 (well, unless you choose certain meal kit delivery plans). What you really need is motivation—and that can come in the form of the right meal prep container. Which is why we rounded up some of our favorites—the good-looking and functional ones that will not only put you in the lunch-making spirit but maybe transform you into one of those people who never spends $15 on an overpriced chopped salad again.

Glass Storage Containers with Lids, $38 on Amazon


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.)See it

Stasher Reusable Storage Bags, $40 on Sur La Table

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.See it

Ball Quart Jar, $12 for Two on Amazon


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.See it

Ello Meal Prep Container Set, $59 on Macy’s


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.See it

Related Reading: Meal Prep Like a Pro with These Cookbooks

Oxo Good Grips Leakproof On-The-Go Salad Container, $16 on 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.See it

Sistema Snacks Containers, $15.80 on Amazon


Stash hummus and carrots or veggies and almonds in these tiny transparent cubes that have two layers. Suddenly your 3pm snack slump doesn’t automatically mean traipsing over to the vending machine.See it

Prepd Pack, $69 on


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.

Takenaka Expanded Double Bento Box, $32 on Amazon


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.See it

Unichart Stainless Steel Square Lunch Box, $29 on Amazon


This adorable triple-decker box isn’t just a looker: the top layer will keep your food warm for two to three hours.

Related Video: The One Sunday Night Meal Prep Kit That Keeps You Eating Healthy All Week

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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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