Here are some ideas for healthy packed lunches, with whole foods instead of junk foods. All ideas are sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free.
What about sandwiches? Just for now, let's think outside the
sandwich! You can always add bread, rolls, or cheese--the old stand-bys
of packable lunch.
What about dessert? Eat dessert later--separately from lunch.
Why a healthy lunch? A lunch of protein, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains--without sugar, caffeine, or MSG--"hits the spot" of refreshment and day-long energy. There's nothing to drag you down or "hop you up"--just good, tasty, real food.
My friends even ask me to pack these lunches for them...
The ideal packed lunch:
Small portions of a variety of foods is more enjoyable and filling than big portions of one or two foods. Variety is the spice of healthy packed lunches!
You can expand lunch ideas even further with containers, thermoses, and coolers. See below for Lunches In Containers
Chicken legs: How to make oven baked chicken legs
Hard boiled eggs: How to hard boil eggs
Small pork chop
Nuts: List of nuts and seeds
When leftover meat is cold, it's difficult to eat as a sandwich but easy to eat by picking it up whole. Some meats you may want to cut into strips or bite-size chunks.
Keep the packed lunch in the refrigerator overnight. It would be better for leftover meat to be kept refrigerated or in a cooler, but lunches should be OK in a school locker for the morning. If you can use a cooler, do so.
Apple halves or orange slices can be cut at home and wrapped in aluminum foil.
Carrots or carrot sticks
Apple or apple halves
Orange or orange slices
Popcorn: How to make popcorn
Edible seaweed snacks
Many condiments can be bought in small plastic shakers. Or, pack what you plan to use in its own small zip-lock bag; or, put it on the food when packing the lunch.
There are even more healthy packed lunches if you can bring a container.
Plastic bowl with a lid
Paper bowl covered with saran wrap or aluminum foil
Put any vegetables on greens in a bowl; or put slices or florets on their own in a bowl. Put any spread or dressing on any salad or vegetable.
Lettuce or mixed greens
Shredded cheese (yes, this is dairy)
Raw cabbage- shredded or sliced
Daikon radish slices
Summer squash slices
Daikon radish slices go well with zucchini slices; both are best when allowed to marinate in salt for a few hours before eating.
Hummus (garbanzo beans and sesame)
Tahini (sesame butter)
Carry any salad dressings separately. A healthy suggestion for a salad dressing: flax seed oil.
Cook the night before and carry in a wide-mouth thermos. How to cook brown rice
In a thermos: How to choose a healthy fruit juice