I always have issues figuring out what to pack for lunch. In order to make it easier for you, I’ve decided to create a list of ideas that you can mix and match during the week. Pick one grain/ carb, protein, and one or two fruits and veggies. Then you will have a complete lunch.
Five example lunches:
- Chicken Salad on a bagel
- Cucumber Slices
- Peach Slices
- Ham and cheese on whole wheat
- Carrot Sticks with Ranch Dip
- Tuna Fish Salad
- Club Crackers
- Celery Sticks with Hummus
- Homemade lunchables with lunch meat, cheese, and Ritz or Club Crackers
- Bell Peppers Slices
- Greek yogurt with blueberries and almonds
- Air popped popcorn
Air Popped Popcorn or Homemade Microwave Popcorn
Whole Grain Bread
Crackers – Triscuit, Ritz, Club, Wheat Thins
Chips – Potato, Tortilla, Pita
Pasta – Spaghetti, Mac and Cheese
Lunch Meat – I love Boar’s Head lunch meat because it doesn’t have nitrates.
Cheese – String, Shredded, Cubes, Slices
Quinoa – It is considered both a grain and a protein.
Yogurt – I love Greek yogurt. Make sure you don’t have a yogurt that is high in sugar.
Hard Boiled egg – Oven or Pressure Cooker
Fish – Tuna or salmon
Fruits and Veggies
Apples or Applesauce – Make homemade applesauce or buy a jar of unsweetened applesauce. Divide the applesauce into smaller containers.
Berries – Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries – In the winter, get frozen berries. Divide into smaller containers and allow to defrost in your lunch bag.
Citrus – Oranges, grapefruit, Cuties
Tropical – Pineapple, Mango, Kiwi
Stone Fruits – Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, Apricots
Broccoli or Cauliflower
Greens – Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Kale
Grape Tomatoes or Sliced Tomatoes
Soup – Make a big batch and then freeze into smaller portions
If all fails, pack a freezer meal. Freezer meals are full of sodium so check the sodium content of the freezer meal. My favorite is the small container of Stouffer’s mac and cheese. It’s my comfort meal when I’ve had a stressful day with my students.
Here is a printable page of the grains/ carbs, protein, and fruits/veggie ideas.
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