Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas!

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Finding healthy lunch options isn’t as daunting as it may sound! You don’t need to spend a lot of time making up gourmet recipes nor do you have to back their lunches full of “boring” foods your kids will complain about eating!

A healthy meal for anyone should include a protein, healthy fats, vegetables and fruit and I recommend following Michelle Tam’s ( Golden Rule of Lunches: Don’t pack anything that you wouldn’t happily eat yourself!

Get your kids involved to help pick out some health lunch options, when they have a say in what goes in their lunch, they are much more likely to eat it!

Veggie Kabob and dip, Apple Sandwhich, Chicken Sausage Patty

Veggie Kabob’s or Sticks

  • You and your kids favorite veggies: Carrots, Bell Pepper's, Celery, Cherry Tomato's, Cucumber's (Costco Mini Cucumbers don’t even need cut up!!)

  • Healthy Dips: Hummus, Tessamae’s Dressings, Primal Kitchen Dressings, Guacamole, Nut Butter of Choice is great with Carrot’s and Peppers!

Apple Sandwich

  • Use your favorite nut or seed butter: Almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, sunflower seed butter, peanut butter (made with Valencia grown peanuts to minimize mold toxins)

Grassfed Beef or Chicken Sausage Patty

  • Applegate Farms brand sausages

  • Costco often has Grass Fed Beef and other healthy meat options!

Lunch Meat Roll Ups, Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding, Apple Sauce, Veggies and Fruit

Lunch Meat Roll Ups

  • Applegate, Plainville Farms organic lunch meats (Plainville Farm’s Turkey available at Costco!)

  • Collard green or Romain lettuce wrapped inside or outside the lunch meat

  • Fill wraps with any other desired veggies – cucumber sticks, bell peppers, carrots

  • Daiya Dairy Free Cheese Slices for a better option than Kraft Singles or store brand cheese slices or those with a dairy sensitivity.

  • Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo for added flavor or pack hummus or guacamole for a dip for roll ups!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

  • You can find recipes for chia seed pudding here and here!

Chicken Salad, Veggies and Dip, Trail Mix

Chicken Salad

Trail Mix

  • Choose RAW organic nuts for the healthiest option full of good healthy fats

  • Look for dried fruits with no added sugar or dry your own fruits at home

Better Grab-n-Go Lunch Items

  • Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt Tubes

  • Kite Hill, So Delicious dairy free yogurt cups

  • Simple Mill’s Almond Flour Sea Salt Crackers available in small snack packs

  • Simple Mill’s Cookies

  • Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars (Available at Costco!) or other fruit only bars

  • MadeGood gluten free granola bites (Available at Costo!)

  • Larabar’s

  • GoMacro Bars

  • BulletProof Collagen Protein Bars

  • Health Warrior Chia Bars

  • Autumn’s Gold Grain Free Granola Bars (Available at Costco!)

  • Lesser Evil Brand Snacks

  • Hippea's Puffs available in small snack size packs

The options are truly endless when you start diving in to healthier lunch options! Convenient thermos containers make it easy to pack a favorite grass-fed beef chili or other warm meals when the fall weather hits.

Ask the front desk to take a look at our Recipe Binder to find more healthy recipe ideas!

-Dr. Stephanie Mahaney

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