I tend to feel my best when I eat smaller meals/snacks throughout the day rather than three big meals (especially being pregnant), but it can be tricky if I’m constantly thinking about what to make/eat next. This is why I started prepping my meals for the week, and it has been a huge time saver! It helps me feel organized, and I enjoy my meals so much more when I don’t have to think about them too much.
PB&J’s are great and all, but I prefer not to eat one every day. I’m guessing you feel similarly because you’re reading this! I try to combine whole grains, proteins, healthy fats, and seasonal produce in my lunches, and I haven’t found myself missing peanut butter sandwiches in the slightest.
Left: Banana oat muffins, seedless grapes, boiled egg, carrots with spicy avocado hummus, mini Babybel cheese, and pistachios
Right: Half bagel, mini Babybel cheese, boiled egg, strawberries, steamed sweet potato with spicy avocado hummus and walnuts
Here I made one of my favorites, cottage cheese with tomatoes, basil, and pepper! I also added some pretzel crackers, strawberries, and carrots with hummus.
For snacks I like to have some easy to grab fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins on hand. Here I steamed two sweet potatoes and added a little olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper–one of my favorite afternoon pick-me-ups! I also boiled some extra eggs to use throughout the week, and got some apples to eat with almond butter.
I put together a couple of options for a quick dessert or snack. I LOVE greek yogurt, so I wanted to have some ready to eat with raspberries and walnuts. I also made some pumpkin chia pudding with almond milk and topped it with a drizzle of almond butter and some walnuts. Both are good sources of protein and healthy fats!
It’s also really nice to have some portable snacks for busy days. I love Kind bars, so I always grab them when they’re on sale! Some other good protein-rich options are Clif or RX bars. Baggies of nuts and dried fruit are also a good option; I always kept some in my backpack during college.
If you can’t tell, I am a big fan of hummus! I got this beet hummus at Costco and had it with carrots and my favorite multigrain chips. I also had a mini Babybel cheese with some cracked pepper turkey. I decided to cut up a bunch of fruit and keep it stored all together so I could have some to snack on. Lastly, I chopped a bunch of romaine lettuce to eat with some chicken in the afternoon.
This style of lunch is super customizable, so you can add whatever foods you and your family enjoy. Plus, these bento box containers are really easy to bring to work or school; I got mine here. This entire post basically sums up how I made it through college without starving or wasting all my money on Taco Bell 🙂
I would love to hear about your favorite quick and healthy lunches in the comments below!
If you’re looking for more inspiration for your grocery list, here are some of my favorite non-sandwich lunch/snack components:
- Multigrain chips
- Oat/bran muffins
- Quinoa or brown rice
- Boiled eggs
- Nuts and seeds
- Nut butter
- Greek yogurt
- Cottage cheese
- Turkey or chicken
- Sweet potatoes
- Peaches or nectarines
- QUICK SNACKS:
- Kind, Clif, or RX bars
- Trail mix
- Dried fuit and nuts
- Cheese sticks/cubes
- Hummus cups
- Carrot or apple packs