Healthy Lunches On The Go
Whether it's a school lunch for your child or a sack lunch for you to take to work, it really is possible to pack up some healthy options. Celery and PB & Kind of J is something you and your kids will love! Just spread peanut butter inside celery sticks, top with dried cranberries, and put the layer the two sides together! When preparing lunches it is also important to think about the sides. Grapefruit doesn't get the attention it should when it comes to lunches. Slice it up like you would an orange and wrap it in a bag, or try adding an assortment of nuts to your sack lunch. Check out this article on Health Benefits of Nuts that the Mayo Clinic put out. Let's not forget about vegetables. You can't go wrong with a bag of carrots--they are super hearty. Another great side is apples and peanut butter. Wrap a spoonful of peanut butter in saran wrap and sprinkle a little lemon juice on the apples to keep from browning.
Boiled eggs can be a perfect replacement for protein. An egg salad sandwich is a much better choice than processed lunch meat. You could go a step healthier by simply putting a peeled hardboiled egg lightly seasoned with some salt and pepper in a baggie.
Try making extra fish or chicken at dinner and use the leftovers as meat for a sandwich or on top of mixed greens. I suggest putting salad dressing in a separate container to pour over the salad just before you are ready to eat. If a sandwich sounds more appealing then I recommend open faced sandwiches. It's a perfect way to cut back on carbs while still enjoying bread! Instead of using a second piece of bread top the sandwich with a big lettuce leaf.
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