Keeping on track with my last several posts - back-to-school is the most amazing time of year (no, it is not Christmas time). But it come's with it's own struggles; most of which involves over committing, not knowing whats going on and wanting to do anything else but study!
For me, these are what I look forward too! (crazy, I know) but honestly, the things that come with back-to-school are the best time of year for me!
One struggle is what to eat when your back in school! Over the summer I eat at work literally every day (not great for staying in shape, but free food is hard to turn down) so I look forward to when I get to plan some meals and have a healthy start to my year!
I've made a little "recipe book" we'll call it, of some of my lunches for going back-to-school this year! I'll post a little blurb of what's in everything by the photo!
So here we are.... my much anicipated Back-To-School Lunches 2017!
Option 1: My Healthy & Delicious Oatmeal
I also like to have a protein shake in the morning before I leave the house!
For a regular breakfast I'll have a fried egg on rye toast (no butter!) and a piece of avocado toast! Then I'll have a glass of the Happy Planet shake while in finishing getting ready!
Option 1: Dried mango & granola bits
Dried mango and granola bites are a super easy and yummy snack! I wanted to make some home made energy bits, but ran out of time - so i picked up these MADE GOOD bits for this week instead!
Both of these are available at most grocery stores.
Option 2: The best bars for lunches
I always have bars with me while at school (honestly I normally bring both of these and the snack above too) But Kind and GO MACRO are my fav bars for school. Kind is just yummy and uses really great whole ingredients and GO MACRO is high in protien, vegan, non-GMO, dairy and soy free and ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD!
Option 1: Cauliflower Rice and Veg
How to Make:
Cauliflower rice with sweet potato (bagged in the Frozen Vegetable section)
Sautéed veggies: Cherry tomatoes, mushroom, green pepper, zucchini. Fried in olive oil and soy sauce (thats why there black lol).
Sauce: Spicy mayo = Mayo (i used vegan mayo) and hot sauce (any type is good) mixed together.
Option 2: Rose' Penne with Sausage & Veg
How to Make:
Sautéed veggies: onion, spinach, and mushrooms.
Fried garlic sausage (cooked in olive oil)
Tossed in Alfredo sauce (original) with a spoon full of red wine and herb marinara sauce (= to make a rose' sauce).
I cooked everything seperatly then tossed everything in the sauce at the end! I made 4 servings of this for myself and Kaylee, so it all wouldn't fit in one pan. I measured about how much would fit in one of these glass containers and then tossed that amount to be sure it would all work out to fit!
Option 1: Home Made Greek Salad
I like to bring something smaller (a side) with my lunch! I made this greek salad for last weeks lunch
How to Make:
Raw veggies: Cucumber, cherry tomato, green pepper, red onion.
A mediterranean salad dressing
and some feta cheese!
To pack up my lunch I use a LuLu Lemon bag (like everyone else in this world) and throw it in my bag / back pack!
I bought some glass Tupperware for this year because IT IS SO MUCH BETTER FOR YOU!! Use plastic to store your food lets chemicals from the plastic into your food and you end up ingesting it. This is not just for when you heat it, but when it is stored in plastic at all! I have not completely transferred over all of my dishes to glass yet, but it's something I'm keeping in mind as I buy things!
The glass Tupperware is from IKEA, I think it was $12.00 for 4! It's also not as heavy as people tend to think it is! And food just seems to stay nicer!
A couple of shopping tips I have to finish this off, are:
1. Plan what you are going to make for lunch before you go to the grocery store! This stops you from buying a whole bunch of random things that you cant actually make a meal with!
2. Plan meals that you can use a lot of the same ingredients for! My pasta and greek salad use a lot of the same veggies, so I only had to buy a couple extra things to make each of them!
3. Don't shop hungry! You'll buy so many extra things that you really don't need!
4. Shop with a friend! If you go shopping with a friend you can plan meals together and split some of the more expensive things! This past week Kaylee and I split food for a week (2 pastas & 2 greek salads each [so 4 & 4]) and it costed $16.00 each! That comes down to $4.00 a dish!
5. Don't buy things that: make you sick, are not healthy, or you don't love to eat. If you don't keep unhealthy things in the house, you can't eat them (ignore my jap Cheetos on the top of the basket there - everyone gets one treat!)
Hope you enjoyed my back-to-school lunches options! There is nothing I love more than having good lunches for school, so i hope you enjoy a little inspiration on what to bring for this upcoming week!
If there is anything you want a full recipe post for or something you want me to try making, leave it in the comments below! Till next time,