One of the simplest ways you can begin to eat healthier is to pack your own lunches. Restaurant food and (unfortunately) school lunches are often loaded with preservatives, food coloring, and excess fat and sugar. By packing your own meal, you can choose healthier foods and save a lot of money! Here’s how to pack a healthy lunch!
- Nutty-fruit burrito. This one is a kid favorite! Spread peanut butter or better yet almond butter on a whole grain tortilla and add sliced apples or banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon and roll it up! Pack it with a side of carrot sticks and hummus or a handful of raw almonds.
- Fresh salad with homemade honey mustard dressing. Toss romaine lettuce, tomato wedges, red onions, and carrots with cooked chicken breast and homemade honey mustard dressing made from equal parts of honey, mustard, and olive oil.
- Perfect pita. Stuff a whole-grain pita will all of your favorite sandwich fillings! Try refried beans and salsa, turkey breast, mozarella and spinach, or steak strips + red pepper slices.
- Leftovers! The easiest healthy lunch of all is to simply pack up some leftovers from last night’s healthy dinner and enjoy it again for lunch.
The most important thing to remember about packing a healthy lunch is to make it something you really enjoy. Keep these guidelines in mind for a lunch that energizes and keeps you full through the afternoon:
- Include a veggie. It’s really easy to skimp on vegetables throughout the day, so get at least a serving or two in during lunch, whether it’s a salad, a side, or part of your main meal.
- Pack in the protein! Protein is the key to staying full and energized through the afternoon. Build your sandwich around lean meats like chicken or turkey and include sides like greek yogurt or rice and beans.
- Keep the fat and sugar to a minimum. While fat isn’t necessarily unhealthy if you eat the right kind, too much at lunch time might make you sluggish. Too much sugar is never good and will cause an energy crash shortly afterward!
Packing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to take a lot of time. With a little planning, these tips will help your whole family avoid processed foods and eat much healthier.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!