So, you are in the swing of back to school and how’s your lunch looking? Not as good as the one you packed for your kids, I bet. Us moms (and dads) can be guilty of putting loving energy into our children’s lunches – packing nourishing, brain-boosting munchies – and then grabbing any old thing for ourselves.
You’re a busy mom – I get that – so here are 5 quick and easy lunch ideas that put your health first.
1. Leftovers – Use What You’ve Got for a Balanced Meal
This is a simple way to make sure you have something nourishing to pack easily in your lunch: make extra supper and pack up a serving even before you eat. It could be leftover stir fry, a slice of lasagna, or a fish cake with a side of steamed veggies.
2. The Updated Ploughman’s – A Plate of Nourishing Small Foods Really Adds Up
Love this easy, breezy lunch that typically features an assortment of cold plate favourites. Make your own combination, or try our lightened-up suggestion: a hardboiled egg, hummus with carrots, organic gluten-free crackers with your favourite nut butter (try walnut), a sliced honey crisp apple.
3. Salad in a Jar – Layer a Salad for a Perfectly Pack-Able Nourishing Meal
Your mason jars aren’t just for canning! Layer your favourite salad ingredients and carry the whole shabang to work in this totally totable jar. Start with your dressing along the bottom, add heavier ingredients like chickpeas. Layer in some quinoa for a protein boost and then add your lettuce on top. Top with cut vegetables and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds or sunflower seeds. Tip the entire jar into a large bowl at lunch.
4. Hummus and Veggie Wrap – Pack the Veggies into a Whole -Grain Wrap
Reach for a sprouted grain wrap and spread it with your favourite homemade hummus. Add as many veggies as you can find in your fridge – try red pepper, cucumber, sprouts, carrots, zucchini and lettuce. Add nuts and seeds for an extra heart-healthy crunch. Wrap up and enjoy.
5. Easy Quinoa Salad – Add Every Vegetable You’ve Got for a Big Fibre Boost
Quinoa is a great cook-ahead grain; prepare a batch on a Sunday afternoon and add to salads (even enjoy it with berries for breakfast) all week long. Create a big bowl salad by adding all the veggies you’ve got in your fridge – cauliflower, broccoli, beans, snap peas, sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, peppers – and top with a good scoop of quinoa. Dress this with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.
If you aren’t on top of your game, home or work, the family starts to crumble. You’ve got no more excuses! We’ve given you 5 easy, and yummy, lunch ideas to fill your work week.
What’s your fave and what will you try?