Mommy on the Go: Lunch

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Skipping lunch is never a good idea. You’ll be left hungry and unable to focus until dinner time, which can only hurt a busy mom such as yourself. Instead of panicking and grabbing fast food, though, try these healthy and easy to make lunches that will keep you going throughout the afternoon.

APPLE SANDWICHES
Slice an apple into rings, then slather with your favorite nut butter. Add your favorite toppings (Crasins, granola, and chocolate chips are all fun options). Ta-da! You’ve just made yourself an apple sandwich. These snacks are also a big hit with kids, so pack them in their lunches as a healthier version of the good old peanut butter and jelly. Just be aware, they can be a bit messy.

A breakfast burrito on a plate.

BREAKFAST BURRITO
Who says they’re just for breakfast? If you have the time to spare to scramble an egg, a breakfast burrito is a fantastic option. Assemble the egg and whatever other ingredients you want inside a tortilla and you’re done. Tomatoes, peppers, and cheese are always popular, but feel free to experiment and make it something truly unique. Kids are also big fans.

FIVE MINUTE SALAD
Take some of your favorite salad mix and add tomatoes, goat cheese, and cannellini beans. This easy-to-make salad by Ellie Krieger has loads of protein from the cheese and beans and offers a variety of textures to please your mouth. Use our can strainers when dealing with the beans for best results.

A grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.

GRILLED CHEESE AND TOMATO
A spin on the childhood favorite, the grilled cheese and tomato is a snap to make. Just add a slice or two of tomato to the sandwich and you’re ready to cook. For extra easy cooking, place your toaster on its side and put a plate outside of the slots. No pan to clean up!

PREMADE LUNCHBOXES
If you’ve ever seen the bistro or protein plates at coffee shops or gas stations, allow us to introduce the improved version. Prepare these boxes in advance then grab whenever you get hungry and aren’t up to making a sandwich. While these do require some special shopping and ingredients, it’s worth it for the ease. Check out this post for a few ideas.

Preparing a goddess bowl.

GODDESS BOWLS
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like Hera or Aphrodite, look no further. These bowls take a bit longer to prepare (roughly 25 minutes), but they’re filling and leave you feeling radiant. Chicken, rice, and asparagus come together in a heavenly way that will remind you why you’re the “world’s best mom.” The recipe can be viewed here.

ORIENTAL CHICKEN SALAD
You may have seen broccoli slaw for sale at your grocery store, and that’s the key ingredient to this dish. Mix with some lettuce, mandarin oranges, almonds, and chicken in a bowl. Top with your favorite Asian dressing (use our bottle to ensure proper portion control) and crispy noodles. If you’re feeling particularly bold, try breaking apart some ramen to throw on top.

Two English muffin pizzas.

PIZZA MUFFINS
For the self-indulgent days. Break apart English muffins into halves and top with pizza sauce and cheese and your choice of toppings. Cook under a broiler until the cheese is melted and the sides are brown. It tastes just as good as delivery with less fat and calories. Bonus: kids love them, too!  .

LETTUCE CUPS
There are so many different versions of lettuce cups that it would be impossible to list them all. These easy-to-eat sandwich alternatives have fewer carbs than their bread-wrapped cousins but all of the flavor. Chicken and tuna salad are both popular options, but experiment to find your favorite.

So busy moms, what are your favorite lunches for the go? Let us know in the comments below.

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