It’s the start of a new school year, and for many with school age children, packing lunches is part of the change in routine. Whether you’re sending kids off to school, headed to the office, or both, it’s always healthier to brown bag it than buy. But finding healthy, tasty, and easy lunch ideas can be overwhelming. Add into the mix the lack of time most households face on a weekday morning, and you’re looking at a real challenge.
Here, we’ll share some of our favorite ideas for packed lunches to get you and the kids off to a great start this fall. Serve these whole grain based entrees a serving of fresh fruit, a serving of cold, crunchy veggies, and a bottle of water, and it’s a formula for a complete, healthy meal:
- Pasta Salad: Made with whole grain pasta, loaded with fresh veggies and lean protein, and dressed in your choice of vinaigrette, pasta salad is easy to adapt to your family’s palate. Cook up a pound of whole grain pasta on Sunday, add your favorite ingredients and dressing, and store in the fridge for a quick go-to lunch all week. Play with different flavor combinations – think Greek, Italian, or Asian, for starters, but don’t be bound by recipes, and use your imagination).
- Rice Bowl: Invest in a good thermos if you don’t already have one, and load it up with brown rice and your choice of add-ins – beans, last night’s taco fixings, leftover stir fry, etc. These hot and hearty meals will see you and your kids through the afternoon.
- Tortillas: Tortillas are somehow more interesting than sandwich bread, and they resist sogginess better than bread. Wrap your favorite sandwich fixings in a fiber-rich whole wheat or whole grain tortilla, or check out these great lunchbox wrap inspirations.
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