The following article was written
by Ashley Palmer.
long, summer! With school starting (or just around the corner for a few lucky
kids), most parents have back-to-school
clothes, school supplies, and new backpacks on their minds. One thing you don't want to
overlook is making sure that your child has a complete, nutritious, and tasty
meal while at school. Luckily for you, I'm here to help you pack a lunch with punch!
fruits and vegetables are obviously great choices for packed lunches. To liven
things up, add a small container of homemade
hummus, vegan cream
or creamy peanut butter for dipping. Pop the lunch box in the freezer
overnight, or put a cold pack in it to keep everything fresh.
chickpeas, cooked3 cloves garlic 2–3 Tbsp. lemon juice2–3 Tbsp. water1/4 cup chopped parsley1/4 cup chopped
coriander 3 Tbsp. olive oilSalt, to taste2 tsp. olive oil1/2 tsp. paprika
all the fixin's for a cold pizza pocket
or a build-your-own burrito in small
containers. Once at school, your child can create his or her own lunch from
scratch. This is a great way to keep the ingredients from getting that soggy
texture that's all too common in packed lunches.
Pocket1 whole grain
pita pocket2 Tbsp. tomato
sauce1 cup assorted
fresh vegetables1 Tbsp. vegan
cheese, optional1 tsp. basil
or oregano, optional
Build-Your-Own Burrito2 Tbsp. salsa1 Tbsp. guacamole2 Tbsp. black
tofu, chopped lettuce, onions, peppers1 soft tortilla
for us, some fruits can be disguised as dessert to fool the unsuspecting
student! Some of my favorites include dates, mandarin oranges, and
strawberries. Or create a simple trail
mix to please the palate and give your child extra energy during afternoon
Simple Trail Mix1/4 cup
mini pretzels1/2 cup mixed nuts 1/4 cup dried pineapple1/4 cup raisins 1 vegan chocolate bar, roughly chopped1/4 cup coconut flakes, optional
be honest―it's bound to happen: You're too busy to pack a lunch, or your child forgets
his or her lunch at home. Be sure to store a few dollars in your child's
backpack or locker, just in case. Asking your child's school to provide
vegetarian and vegan options is a great start, but it's more persuasive if the request comes from the student.
Take a look at peta2's latest campaign, The Veggie Burger Project, to help you get
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