fed up with lunch Fed Up with Lunchs Mrs. Q Reveals Her Identity

I had a nightmare.  A nightmare that involved…eating school lunches.  Oh the horror;

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Having read books like Fed Up With School Lunches, I have become more assured that I would rather go all day without eating that touch the pink slime, multiple ingredient, what is this garbage they feed to kids and paying adults.  I still recoil in remembrance of one particular meal in which the kids got what I thought was watermelon from the squishy pink color.  It was baked apple.

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That being said, throughout student teaching and my career now as a substitute teacher, I have always packed a lunch to eat.  Since I only eat fish and don’t do dairy, eggs or honey, lunches can sometimes be an interesting predicament when I’m planning meals.  Here’s a couple of lunch ideas that are healthy and will keep you going from lunch time and beyond.

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Main Course/Whole Meal

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Peanut Butter and Jelly on Whole Wheat or Multigrain bread

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Tofu Salsa Scramble (Add mushrooms!)

Sweet Potato Chili

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Salad

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Veggie Burgers

Burritos and Falafel wraps

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Tuna or salmon fish sandwich with spinach

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Hummus, sprouts and veggie sandwiches

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Sides

Carrots with Hummus, ranch dressing

Crackers (Back to Nature)

Apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries (any fruit)

Brown Rice chips (love riceworks!)

Steamed Veggies (I LOVE birdseye)

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Pistachios or other nuts

Yogurt (Stoneyfield is my favorite!)

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Seaweed Snacks

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Keep in mind you want to eat the right amount to keep you going during the afternoon crash before you have a snack!  Processed foods and sweets will make you crash and sluggish, so keep in mind that you want to fuel your body 🙂  A balanced meal includes;

  • Protein! (Nut butter, tofu, nuts or seeds, tempeh, hummus, beans)
  • 1-2+ servings of veggies and/or fruit
  • Balance of fat, protein and carbs
  • Wholegrains
  • Avoid sugar, processed foods and too much soda

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A typical week in lunches at school for me might look like;

Monday: Veggie burger on spinach, rice chips (salsa or garden)

Tuesday: Bean burrito filled with your hearts desire insides.  (Food for Life wraps!)

Wednesday: Tofu scramble with toast topped with peanut/almond butter and banana

Thursday: Veggie Sandwich with chips on the side or an apple

Friday: Salmon or Tuna Sandiwch with spinach.  Steamed veggies on the side.

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And of course, leftovers from dinner are always great 🙂

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Do you pack your own lunch?

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