I can’t tell you the number of mom’s, myself included, that put a lot of time and effort to ensure their kids head off to school with the proper nourishment for the day yet neglect to take any care with their own lunches.

Having a few things prepared a head of time can be a huge time saver as well as motivator in keeping your lunches healthy, balanced and still yummy.

Here are my top 5 choices:
Boiled eggs: great source of protein and fat to be added with lunch or as a mid afternoon snack

Favorite combo: 1 boiled egg and 1/2 avocado mashed together with 1 tbsp greek yogurt, squeeze of lemon and pinch of sea salt – serve with rice crackers

Tuna or salmon salad: Great source of protein to add to your lunch. Mix 1 can of tuna or salmon, 1/2 cup of mayo (yep mayo), 1/2 cup of diced veggies -whatever you have in the fridge and salt and pepper. For something a little differed add 1/2 tsp of curry powder.

Favorite combo: Spread on rice crackers

Cooked brown rice: it takes about 45 minutes to make so having it prepared ahead of time is necessary for a fantastic bowl.

Favorite combo: 1/2 cup brown rice, spinach, cucumber, carrots, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, feta and a few hard boiled eggs or tuna salad

Trail mix: super easy and so much healthier than most store bought products that are filled with awful oils and unnecessary sugar and salts. Combine 1/2 cup each of almonds and cashews, 1/2 cup of walnuts, 1/8 cup of dried fruit, 1/8 cup of chocolate chips and mix well

Favorite combo: green tea and 1/4 cup of this delicious mix

Muffin makeover: Who loves muffins? me, me! Who has time to make muffins? Not me, not me! Solution: Purchase Quaker instant oatmeal muffin mix and follow the directions -in addition include 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1 tbsp of ground flax seed, 1/2 cup grated carrots and 1/4 cup raisins or 1/2 cup zucchini and 1/2 chocolate chips -really the combos are endless.

Yes I realize these are full of refined sugar, gluten and a whole lot of other stuff that I can’t even pronounce and I am really okay with that.

Favorite combo: 1 tbsp of almond butter spread on an oatmeal carrot muffin