Between the rush of our everyday lives and financial restrictions, it is not always easy to pack lunch let alone a healthy one. However, it is very important to have a nutritious lunch in order to keep our mind alert and body going while we are at school and work.
Here are a few quick tips on how to pack a healthy, easy, and cheap lunch this school year:
Look at ads to see what is on sale.
Choose foods that are safe to keep at room temperature.
Plan out your lunches ahead of time (try to plan a full week).
Pack food from at least three different food groups.
Below is a list of foods that are healthy and safe to keep at room temperature:
- Fruits (whole): clementine, orange, grapefruit, peach, nectarine, plum, banana, pear, apple, cherries, vacuum sealed fruit cup, dried fruit, 100% fruit juice in a box
- Vegetables (whole): baby carrots, baby cucumbers, small peppers, grape tomato, celery, broccoli
- Grains: whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, popcorn, whole grain chips, whole grain tortillas, whole grain bagel, whole grain English muffin
- Protein: peanut butter, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews
- Dairy: string cheese, hard cheeses like cheddar, pudding pack, swiss cheese
By: Michelle Ernst Voegele, EFNEP Nutrition Assistant