As the days get shorter and the temperature gets cooler, you’ll need some healthy, seasonal lunch options that’ll fill you up. Here are five school lunch ideas to try.
Pita Sandwich And Salad Combo
This is the perfect option if you’re looking for a filling lunch that isn’t too heavy. The nice thing about this lunch idea is that you can enjoy it with or without meat. To prep this meal, spread a generous amount of hummus (chickpea spread) on toasted pita bread. You can add any meat of your choice or enjoy it as is. For the salad, put together some leafy greens, tomato, cucumber, and peppers of your choice for that extra flavour and vitamin C boost.
Peanut Butter Sandwich (with a kick)
If you’re a fan of the classic peanut butter sandwich, you’ll love this upgraded version. For this sandwich, it’s healthier to use whole wheat bread (regular brown bread is also fine). After spreading your peanut butter, cut bananas and strawberries to add to your sandwich- you can also drip some honey on top if you prefer.
Increasing your vegetable intake is one way you can boost your immune system, which helps to fight off infections. That’s why a veggie burger is an ideal lunch option, on a whole wheat bun with seeds on top for a healthier choice. You can then choose a sauce of your choice, for example, pesto, sweet chilli, mustard, etc. For your patty, you can use any legumes of your choice, such as a can or cup of cooked beans, lentils, or chickpeas. Microwave these for 1 minute until they’re soft. Chop half an onion and add it to your legumes, with a quarter cup of bread crumbs and herbs of your choice together with salt and pepper to taste.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Turn this simple classic into a healthier lunch option by adding veggies. Start off with any hard cheese you like, such as cheddar, gouda, etc. From there, you can add mushrooms, caramelised onions, tomatoes, and herbs. You can also substitute one of the veggies with a poached egg for a protein boost. Once you’ve built your sandwich and added all your ingredients, you can toast it til' it’s golden brown on both sides and the cheese has melted.
If you’re a big fan of pizza, this healthier version is perfect for you. Instead of the traditional pizza base, you can use a tortilla wrap and make your own sauce by sautéing thinly sliced onions, tomatoes, peppers and add herbs, salt, and pepper to taste. For the toppings, you can add cheddar or parmesan cheese, mushrooms, and any other vegetable of your choice or grilled, finely chopped chicken if you want a meat option.
Minding what you eat by carefully planning your lunches can help you stay healthy and save money too. Try adding fruits and vegetables as much as you can to your meals so that you can maintain healthy eating habits. Enjoy!