Packing a Quick, but Healthy Lunch

Well, summer break is coming to an end for my kids. School starts on Monday, and we’re all excited. If you have kids, you might be like us and in scramble mode to tie up all the loose ends, so we are ready to go Monday morning.

Today I’m making a large batch of my Oat and Almond Flour Pancakes for a healthy, convenient breakfast throughout the week, and a big batch of soup to put in their lunches. As a mom, I’m always thinking about what foods my kids are going to eat that taste good, fill their bellies, and focus their minds for learning. And as a working individual, I’m thinking about the same things for me and my husband.

Did you know that lunch is often our most unhealthy meal of the day? It is often overlooked which sends us out for lunch or eating from a vending machine. Neither option is healthy and both are expensive compared to packing your own lunch from home. I know, I know—it takes times to pack your lunch and you are strapped for time.

This is where Green Bean Delivery can help you! We have a huge selection of products that are individually wrapped or conveniently packaged to make your lunch packing quick and easy.

Save Time with Pre-packaged Fruits & Veggies

Fruits and veggies are one of the cornerstones to any healthy lifestyle! Tossing an apple, peach, nectarine or plum into your lunch is about as easy as it gets. But, so is buying pre-washed salad mix/greens and salad kits, or other low-prep veggies like avocados, baby carrots, grape/cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Try from our selection of pre-cut fruit and veggies, riced veggies, and veggie noodles. They are time savers for those who need to cut corners in the kitchen.

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Don’t Forget the Protein!

Protein is very important at each meal. It fills us up and helps to keep us focused. You might already be enjoying our selection of deli meats from Smoking Goose, Organic Valley or Applegate Farms—all of which use naturally raised meat and don’t use nitrites or nitrates in their products. We have recently added canned salmon and sardines from Wild Planet—sustainably caught, wild fish from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. My family loves salmon salad and I use this canned salmon to whip up the easiest and tastiest salmon salad. Mix a couple cans with a little mayo (homemade preferably), a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon, and a couple heaping tablespoons of Farmhouse Culture Garlic and Dill Kraut. Same recipe works with their canned tuna or chicken or Natural Sea’s tuna packets. So easy and convenient for lunches! Other great protein options are hardboiled eggs, meat jerky/sticks, and a new store item—turkey burgers from Applegate Farms.

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Dairy to Go

If you love dairy like we do, then there is nothing easier than packing cheese sticks, mini yogurts, individual milks, or cultured cottage cheese into your lunch. My youngest can’t get enough of the String Cheese from one of our beloved dairy farmers—Hartzler’s Family Dairy. My older two kids love Organic Valley’s Mild Cheddar Stringles, and my favorite is Good Culture’s cultured cottage cheese. Packed with protein and a good amount of fat to fill you up, plus it contains live, active cultures!

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New Nut Butters by Justin’s®

Nuts and seeds provide a little bit of protein, but more importantly, a good dose of healthy fats which also helps to keep you full and focused. We have a great selection of nut and seed butters to choose from—your basic peanut butter to the unique pumpkin seed butter. We are most excited about the new line-up from Justin’s Nut Butters. The individual nut butter packets make lunch packing so easy! I toss a couple into my kids’ lunches and they eat it with a spoon. To quote my sister-in-law, “We are upping our lunch game with Justin’s snack packs!” Almond butter packet with pretzels, chocolate-hazelnut butter with pretzels, and honey-peanut butter with banana chips—we are buying all three because we can’t decide which one we love the most!

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Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth