Hello, friends! I am sad to report that summer is rapidly coming to an end and it is almost time to head back to school. I will admit that I am not particularly excited about another semester of night classes after work; but, I have learned so much in my Early Childhood Education classes that I’m sure I’ll enjoy it once I’m back in the swing of things.
In the spirit of making school a little more fun for myself, I have decided to start a new “Back to School” series touching on topics related to a busy work + school schedule. I am sure some of you can relate. This first post will be all about maintaining healthy eating habits while packing for breakfast, lunch and dinner on-the-go.
In an effort to eat healthier, I almost always pack my lunch for work. Eating out can not only get expensive fast, fast food is often not the healthiest of food, either. With a little bit of planning and a teensy bit more effort, I can save myself time and calories. There are all kinds of ideas on healthy lunches to pack for work and school on Pinterest and I love to browse food on Pinterest that I know I’ll never make (ha!).
A typical lunch for me includes a lean protein and light carbs, such as turkey or chicken breast in a tortilla roll-up. The hatch green chili corn tortillas I recently discovered are a new favorite! Because I love cheese and can’t imagine my life without it, I usually add some form of snack cheese on the side, too. I round out my healthy lunch with some raw fruits and veggies, going for whatever is in season and sounds good, but sugar snap peas and blueberries are some of my favorites.
That usually completes my lunch, but since we eat an early lunch with the kids around 11:15, I won’t survive until dinner without a snack. On my afternoon break, I usually have a greek yogurt (the added protein is extra filling) and either a tangerine or whatever fruit or vegetables I didn’t eat at lunch. Since I’m a realistic person and know that I can get pretty “snacky” in the afternoons, I’ll sometimes throw in a less healthy option like “cheeze” flavored crackers or a cookie. (Raise your hand if you have a relentless sweet tooth!)
I was also recently introduced to the organic GoMacro bars – they are certified organic, clean, raw, vegan, gluten-free and just about every other hip and trendy health food label you can think of. They have eleven different flavors, and they’re all good!! The bars also range in the amount of sugar/carbs and protein, so depending on your dietary goals – i.e. meal replacement protein bars vs. low sugar snack bars – they have great options there, too. I like to add them to my bag as an afternoon snack or even have one with a banana in the morning for breakfast on-the-go!
Basically, I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and packing a lunch that is tasty, filling and, well, healthy, makes a big difference. Planning and packing my meals ahead of time makes it so much easier and less stressful during the week when things can quickly get hectic. I’ll be looking for some more lunchtime inspiration with school starting again in just a couple weeks for me.
Do you have any tips or tricks for developing healthy eating habits?? If so, please share!!
As always, thanks for reading! :)
Oh, and if you’re digging the Back to School series so far, stay tuned for an extra fun “Get Ready with Me” post that may or may not include a video!! ;)
Stop, Disclaimer Time! Although I was introduced to the organic GoMacro bars by the company, all opinions expressed in this post are my own and I did not receive any monetary compensation to share their products. If I like a product, I also like to share it! Any links included in this article are not affiliate links, they are simply there for you to explore further, if you wish. Thanks!