Saturday, September 11, 2010

More Healthy, Tasty Lunches To Try

Here are more great lunch ideas to try to keep lunch fun and healthy:
  • PBB Roll Up.  Peanut butter and banana slices on a whole grain tortilla. 
  • PBJ sandwich.  Whole grain bread, peanut butter and Simply Fruit jam (made with fruit only.)
  • Trail Mix Crunch. 1 cup Cherrios or other whole grain cereal,  1 oz. each dried cherries and mixed nuts.  Add just a few mini chocolate chips or M&M's if you want to!
  • Cheese & crackers.  Whole grain crackers and 2 Laughing Cow lite cheese wedges (I love the mozzarella and sun dried tomato,) light cheese sticks or Baby Bel cheeses. Add a few carrots, celery sticks, grape tomatoes and black olives.  
  • Whole grain baguette sliced. Pack a mini tub of light cream cheese, deli meat rolled up into mini rolls held with tooth picks. Pack with sliced cucumber and tomato slices to put on top.  
  • PBA.  Peanut butter and thinly sliced apple slices on Arnold Sandwich Thins...a MM groupie favorite!  
  • Ham and cheese on rye. Pepperidge Farm has a whole grain rye bread, top with a few deli thin slices of lean ham (low sodium would be great,) light Swiss cheese, mustard, lettuce, tomato and avocado husband's favorite.
  • Pita Pocket.  Fill with tuna or chicken salad made with celery, a little onion, and light mayo or Greek yogurt. Top with cole slaw mix, or any veggies you want.  Add olives or avocado for a little healthy fat...another MM groupie favorite!
  • Super Salad.  Fill a plastic container half full of a variety of deep lettuce greens. Add last night's chicken, turkey, ham, tuna, crab, or 1/2 cup drained, rinsed canned beans (black or any variety.) You could even add a bit of leftover brown rice. Top with a few avocado, olives, nuts or some pumpkin or sunflower seeds.  Pack a little container of olive oil vinaigrette or your favorite dressing, and use just enough. Eat with whole grain crackers.  
  • Cottage Cheese and fruit.  Choose the mini cottage cheese containers and the mini canned fruits in their own juices.  Add a mini package of Emerald cocoa roasted almonds and a Kashi granola bar (both are listed on My Favorites at the right.)
  • Cold Pizza Roll Up.  Spread a little pizza sauce on a whole grain tortilla.  Top with shredded low fat mozzarella, turkey pepperoni slices and whatever toppings you like: black olives, mushrooms, diced green pepper, tomatoes, etc. Roll it up. Kids love this cold, but if you have a microwave, it's great heated, too.
  • Leftovers from last night. Really. Sometimes, they taste great as lunch the next day. Add a fruit, some veggies, or whatever you need. Vegetarian chili, beef stew, leftover pizza....endless possibilities. 
Whether you start with tortillas, bread, sandwich thins, pita, crackers, or cereal, you CAN make a lunch that is something different than just a boring old sandwich.  Just remember to have some fun with this.

Use variety, color and texture for enjoyment. And be sure to have a MacroMix (blog 9/11/10) with protein, healthy fat, and whole grains along with fruits and veggies for a healthy lunch that will keep your body running well throughout the afternoon!

If you have more to add, let us know!


  1. I thought I had looked all over for healthy, easy luch ideas, but this is the BEST batch of them I've ever seen. THANKS!

  2. You're welcome, Sarah. Let me know which ones you like best. Bon Appetit!


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