I’m always in a rush when I pack my lunches for college. Lately, I’ve been stuffing bars and an apple into my backpack as I head out the door. While those bars have been life savers when I’m falling behind, I’m trying to get my act together and actually pack a real lunch.
A favourite is bringing some soup with me and heating it in the microwave. Especially when the weather is so cold, it’s nice to have something hot to warm up with. On the weekend, make a big batch and freeze it in individual containers. As you need them, put each container in the fridge the night before and throw it in your bag in the morning. I love this easy chicken and rice soup.
Or you could do the same thing, but with chilli. This is my favourite chilli recipe (can be made vegan or with meat).
One of the best lunches (in my humble opinion) is a chicken burger on salad (especially the one with Thai spice). Protein and veggies…need I say more?
For the formerly mentioned days when I haven’t planned ahead, I’ve been going to the bars from Organic Food Bar. I love them because they are mostly raw (goes back to my days when I used to be a raw foodie) and yet, don’t just taste like dates or raisins. They taste really similar to the “cooked” health bars. In other words, they’re yummy. My favourite so far is the Organic Chocolate Covered Greens bar…seriously, how brilliant. Hiding greens inside of chocolate! If it weren’t for the name on the package, I would have no idea there were greens in there.
At my college, there’s a Tim Horton’s…and while, I’m not a huge fan of their coffee, I love the fact that they sell oatmeal. Sometimes I’ll go for that, but I’ve even just ordered their sausage and egg sandwich without the sandwich (I’m typically gluten free). There’s always a healthy way to order when you’re doing fast food.
You can also bring your smoothies with you. Make them that morning or the night before, store in your fridge (maybe in a glass jar) and you’re set.
I also really like plain Greek yogurt and topping it with fruit and slivered almonds. I don’t typically do the flavoured yogurts…they tend to have more sugar and it’s easy to add your own sweetness with fruit and/or stevia.
Finally, since this is a post about packing healthy lunches, we can’t end it without mentioning the famous and well-loved sandwich – this is one of my favourites – a creamy salmon sandwich. However, now I have it with gluten free bread instead of wheat.
What’s your favourite lunch to pack with you? Got any ideas to share with me?
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