Lunchtime can get a little crazy for moms of little ones. By the time you fix something for the kiddos and get them started, it’s often difficult to find the time or energy to make something healthy for yourself.
Or, if you’re a mom who works outside the home, by the time you’ve packed everyone else’s lunch bags, coolers, diaper bags, school bags, etc., you probably often find yourself throwing whatever bits of leftovers you can scrounge up into your own lunch bag!
I work part-time outside the home, so I regularly experience both!
I love finding lunch ideas that are simple and easy to cook or throw together but that still offer me the nutrition I need!
Here are 7 simple, healthy lunch ideas that I make on a regular basis:
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7 Simple, Healthy Lunch Ideas For Moms
- Avocado Egg Toast: Spread some mashed avocado on a piece of toast, add a layer of spinach, and top with sliced hard-boiled egg. Season with a little garlic salt and pepper.
- Simple Salmon Salad: Make a simple salad with your choice of greens, some spinach, and canned salmon (my newest fave!!). Toss with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Rice bowls!: These are seriously SO versatile! Cook up a batch of brown rice on the weekend (this is the rice cooker I use) and portion out for the week, or freeze for later! Get creative by trying different protein, healthy fat, and veggie combinations, and season with S&P. **My favorite combination? Fried egg, avocado, and green beans. I know, it sounds weird, but just try it! It’s delicious!!
- Grilled chicken: (Grill a BIG batch of chicken one night for dinner and refrigerate/freeze the leftovers), spinach, avocado, and tomato on a spinach or tomato wrap.
- Taco bowls: Taco meat (beef, chicken, turkey, or a staple for our family – deer!), avocado, tomato, corn, beans, and a little bit of cheese on a bed of lettuce.**You can use any kind of toppings you want! You don’t even need meat if you include beans, and you could substitute black olives for the avocado for another great source of healthy fat!
- Tuna salad: Eat on a bed of spinach or kale.**My favorite tuna salad of all time is this one from Natasha’s Kitchen!
- Simple Crab salad: Mix chunk or flake style crab with a little mayo (or avocado for a healthier option), dill weed, garlic salt, and pepper. Eat on a bed of greens OR as a sandwich with some spinach.
As you probably noticed, I’m a BIG fan of avocado and spinach! I’ll tell you why…
Avocados are an incredibly nutritious food! They are packed full of vitamins, including potassium, vitamins B & C, and folate. They are also an excellent source of healthy fat and fiber. And unlike most fruits (yes, it’s a fruit!), they’re low in sugar. They are high in calories, though, so don’t go too crazy with them!
What I really love about avocados is that they’re so versatile! As you can see from my lunch ideas, I use them a lot of different ways. I use them as a spread, in salads, in tacos, and even as a mayo substitute.
Spinach gets kind of a bad rap, but it’s another great super food. I’ve eaten spinach occasionally for a long time, but I was really turned on to it by my midwife when I was expecting my first baby. She encouraged me to eat a lot of spinach because of its extremely high nutritional value. It’s a great source of fiber, magnesium, folate, iron, calcium, and potassium – good things for all of us, but especially for pregnant mommas!
Now you have 7 simple healthy lunch ideas – one for each day of the week! Were there any that you’ve tried before? Any that you never would have thought to try? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!
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