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    Published: November 1, 2016

    Quick & Healthy School Lunches to Pack for Your Kids

    Quick & Healthy School Lunches to Pack for Your Kids

    Parenting is go-go-go, and with the holidays right around the corner we’re sure you’re feeling the strain. Where can you possibly find time to instill healthy eating habits in your children?

    Luckily, packing a healthy meal for your kids to bring to school doesn’t mean you need to slave away in the kitchen for hours. There are plenty of fast and delicious options for packed lunches that keep your kids happy and healthy. Here are some of our top picks for healthy school lunches.

    Smashed Chickpeas and Pita

    This recipe is healthy, lean, and packed with protein! Get your kids out the door in minutes with this healthy recipe.

    • 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
    • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Pita wedges
    • Cucumber slices

    Mash three-fourths of your chickpeas with a fork in a medium-sized bowl. Use all of the chickpeas for older kids.

    Add the oil, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, and cumin. Stir the ingredients into the chickpeas. Season the dish with salt and pepper as needed.

    Pack this lunch with pita wedges and cucumber slices. Almond milk is a great choice of drink.

    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

    These scrumptious burritos are guaranteed hits with fans of breakfast-for-lunch. Satisfy your children’s appetite with this healthy option.

    • 1 chopped sweet potato (small)
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
    • 1/4 of an avocado
    • 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
    • 1 cup of cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1/2 cup of grated white cheddar cheese
    • 2 whole wheat tortillas (10”)
    • Salt
    • Pepper

    Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Put the sweet potato, coriander, cumin, and oil on a baking sheet then season it with salt and pepper as needed. Roast the potatoes until they’re tender and golden brown, taking care to toss them halfway through. This typically takes 20 to 25 minutes.

    Mash avocado with a fork in a bowl until it’s smooth. Add the yogurt and lime juice and stir together. Season this with salt as needed.

    Down the middle of each tortilla spread 1/2 a cup of sweet potato, 1/4 of a cup of beans, and 1/4 of a cup of cheese. Top this with the avocado mixture. Fold the sides of the tortilla together and roll to make a burrito.

    Pack this meal with tortilla chips and strawberries (though it may admittedly be filling on its own). Some juice will be well with this lunch.

    Also be sure to pack some water with your child so they don’t get dehydrated. Be sure to check out our back-to-school sale on all of our bottles and filters!