Packing a healthy lunch for kids or adults on-the-go requires a bit of ingenuity. This is not just in the food served. It is also in how it is presented. Consider purchasing a lunch box or case that has individual compartments, similar to a bento box. Otherwise, use snack-size sealable baggies to separate items.
When shopping for lunch, head for the produce, deli and dairy sections of the market first. Then, make your way into the bulk foods and bread sections. Lastly, hit the aisle with the packaged healthy snack options and cereals. The goal is to have a good variety of fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and carbohydrates.
Here are a few ideas to inspire your packed lunches:
Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken
A salad, made with gluten-free pasta, chopped tomatoes and avocado, then sprinkled with olive oil, and feta from our deli section, offers a good balance of protein and carbohydrates. Filling and healthy, it provides ample fuel for your afternoon.
Banh Mi Sandwich
A Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich is packed with veggies, pickles, and protein for a well-rounded meal. Use a slim, whole grain baguette for the bread. Then layer the sandwich with mustard or mayonnaise, lacto-fermented pickled vegetables and fresh herbs, thinly sliced roast beef or turkey, thin tomato slices, lettuce, and more mustard or mayonnaise. You can find more Banh Mi ideas here.
It’s always a good idea to have a few snacks on hand to keep you going between classes or meetings. Easy-to-pack foods include:
Many of these items can be purchased at Famous Foods in Vancouver which aims to meet all of your grocery needs, including the natural and organic items on your shopping list.