We Know How to Make Easy School Lunches

School is one of the most important times in a child’s life. Not only are they learning important subjects like math and history, they are also developing on a personal and physical level. As a parent, there is only so much you can control during the school day, but one of those things is your child’s lunch! There are so many easy school lunches out there that won’t take up hours of your time or break the bank. Plus, you can easily make them ahead of time! Meal prepping for the kids at the beginning of the week can ensure that they are getting the nutrients they need while keeping it easy for you.

There is nothing more upsetting than a kid returning home with a full lunch. What can you do to stop that from happening? The Forq app is here to help! There are tons of ideas for easy school lunches, like the ones we have found for you below!

Start with Some Fruits, Veggies, and Dip

Fruits and veggies are an important part of any diet, especially a growing child! Fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals well as fiber. They help prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease. They even combat obesity, which is a rising epidemic in America. Therefore, easy school lunches should contain some sliced fruits and veggies. Sometimes kids will eat a bag of carrot sticks on their own, but the easy school luncheseasiest way to ensure that they will get eaten is to give them a tasty dip!

A great, healthy dip to include in their lunch is hummus, like this Caramelized Onion Hummus. It goes geat with tons of different veggies like baby carrots, sliced peppers, and even raw broccoli! Make a batch for the week, and then switch up the veggies in their lunchbox each day. You can also include apple slices with peanut butter mixed with honey for a sweet fruit dip, or try a classic ranch for veggies. We recommend making your own ranch, because that way you’ll know there are no preservatives, funky ingredients, or dyes in the dressing!

Add Some Crunchy Sides

For years, chips have been a staple of school lunches. If you made the hummus, include some pita chips to dip in it as well. Kids need carbohydrates to stay energized throughout the day! You can also send them to school with some tortilla chips and fresh guacamole. Avocados are full of healthy fats as well as vitamins and minerals!

The Main Course

The main course is probably the most difficult to prepare out of all the items in easy school lunches. Keep it simple by making the classic PB & J. Peanut butter provides great protein, just make sure that there isn’t a ton of added sugar in it! There’s always the classic lunch of a sandwich or a wrap, like this Crisp Veggie and Turkey Rollup. It’s always easy to incorporate leftovers into lunches as well. Take last night’s grilled chicken and put it in a wheat wrap with some lettuce and caesar dressing, or chop it up and put it on top of a salad. Just make sure to put the dressing on the side so it won’t get soggy! As long as the main course is protein-based for some long-term energy, you are good to go!

Dessert in Easy School Lunches

The easiest way to give your child a sweet treat is to buy a pack of twinkles at the store, but they are packed full of preservatives and chemicals that a child probably shouldn’t consume on a daily basis! For a healthy and easy sweet treat, you can make chia pudding. You pretty much pour almond or coconut milk over chia seeds and let them sit and expand overnight, then top with fresh fruit for sweetness. Chia seeds are high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Or, you can always go the classic route and pack a cookie or two! These No-Bake Cookies do not even need time in the oven– super easy.

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How to Meal Prep for the Week with the Forq App

We are so busy these days. Between jobs, social life, family, and even school, who has time to cook anymore? I sure don’t! But one day out of the week, I find time to meal prep. I made a New Year’s Resolution to be healthy, and I’m sticking to it! Not to mention that meal prepping for lunches is way cheaper than going out for lunch every day while I’m at work. If you’re wondering how to meal prep for the week, maybe my past few weeks of meal prepping can help!

The Forq app is filled with tons of recipes that are great for learning how to meal prep for the week. Scroll through to find some, or add your own!

Tips for How to Meal Prep for the Week

When I started meal prepping, I made 5 meals. One for each day of the week. Never again! Yes, I try to vary the components of my meals, but I still get sick of eating the same thing every day, no matter how tasty it is. I meal prep for 3 or 4 days (usually 4) and then treat myself to a cost-effective healthy lunch like a sandwich or salad. You are more than welcome to meal prep all 5 lunches, but I personally do not like to!

Meal prepping containers are important. If you are meal prepping for the week, I suggest having 5 containers that are shallow yet large enough to fit a whole meal. I heat up my meal right in the container at work, so having a deep dish makes it a bit hard to eat!

My meal plan includes a lunch and a snack. I make energy bites as a healthy way to get some protein to keep me going throughout the day! I also bring other snacks to munch on throughout the day, like carrots and hummus and apple slices.

Week 1:

Snack: Chocolate Quinoa Biteshealthy energy bites

These Chocolate Quinoa Bites taste great and are full of protein! The chocolate also satisfies my sweet tooth.

Meal: Asian-Inspired Chicken and Rice Bowls

To start these bowls, I used a base of this Spicy Vegetable Fried Rice. I loaded it with veggies so my rice serving wasn’t too much. With so much amazing flavor in this rice, I chose a simple Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken for the side. I like the bit of sweetness the honey gives it compared to the spiciness of the rice!

Week 2:

Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites

These No-Bake Energy Bites have all my favorite healthy ingredients like chia seeds and flaxseed! Not to mention they taste amazing!

Meal: Grilled Salmon with Grilled Vegetables

I started the base of my meal with this amazing Grilled Salmon with Grilled Vegetables recipe. I then roasted even more vegetables in my oven and finished my lunch with some brown jasmine rice, which is more nutritious and has more fiber than white rice!

Week 3:

Snack: No-Bake Almond Cranberry Energy Balls

These No-Bake Almond Cranberry Energy Balls add a little sweetness to my day. The almonds and cranberries go perfectly together!

Meal: Summer Vegetable Spaghettihow to meal prep for the week

I started a new workout routine, so my diet had to include more carbs! Contrary to today’s beliefs, carbohydrates are actually a really important part of your diet. They are so important for your energy! So, when I made this Summer Vegetable Spaghetti, I used whole wheat pasta which is a little better than regular pasta because this energy will take a little longer to absorb.

Download the Forq App for More Ideas on How to Meal Prep for the Week

Don’t forget to use the Forq app to find more ideas on how to meal prep for the week! I have meal prepped for the past 3 weeks, and I don’t think I’m ever going back! Thousands of people have uploaded their favorite recipes to the app, so you know whichever you choose is going to come out great. If you have a favorite recipe, make sure to upload it for others to use, too! Check out Forq’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more foodie news and recipes.

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