I got a request on Twitter to post about my top healthy school lunches. Lunch is probably the least mentioned meal on the blog – not because I don’t eat lunch – but because it doesn’t strike my fancy as do breakfast and baked goods ;)
As a busy college student, it would be easy to let my nutritious
diet lifestyle go by the wayside. With random class schedules, that vary from semester to semester, a ‘square’ mid-day meal isn’t always doable.
Without an insulated lunchbox or cooler, I usually pack a variety of non-perishable items that I think will hold my hunger for the time that I’m on campus. Some days our bodies are hungrier than others – naturally – so I allow my intuitive cues to influence what I pack.
As a lacto-ovo vegetarian, my school snacks include, but aren’t limited to:
gluten-free bars, such as: Bumble Bars, Larabars & Pure Bars
sliced raw veggies – apple + carrot is a favorite combo
nut butter/banana/chia seed/honey sandwiches
TIP: keep sliced sandwich bread in the freezer for longer storage; you can make your sandwich on frozen bread and it will be thawed by lunchtime
I will also pack dairy (apple with cheese, Greek yogurt with granola) and hard boiled eggs if I plan to eat them within a couple of hours.
FOOD SAFETY TIP: cold food should be held <41F while hot food should be held >135F
beverages: iced green tea & water
If find myself at home during the lunch hour, I’ll often throw together a salad beast (my new favorite kale black bean salad is lunchbox friendly), a brown rice tortilla/veggie burger wrap, or Green Monster smoothie.
Per my food philosophy, I try to make every meal I eat as colorful as possible.
Being a healthy student does not have to be difficult. If you have questions about my eating habits as a college foodie on the run, please do not hesitate to ask :)