Balanced Healthy Lunch Bowls
The week is finally here! Tomorrow is a teacher work day and Tuesday is the first day with students.
Getting back to school is always a busy and stressful time. I am attempting to ease the transition by planning meals ahead. Bringing lunch to school is definitely the most inexpensive option, but I don’t even care about the finances of it. If I don’t pack my lunch my option is either A) Packet of oatmeal (hungry and cranky all afternoon) or B) School lunch (bloated and cranky all afternoon.)
My confidence in the school lunch program and the USDA in general is nil. I do, however, appreciate their new “My Plate” program which is an excellent improvement to the food guide pyramid. My Plate stresses the importance portion size awareness and balance to each meal, as opposed to 11(!) servings of grains but only 3(!) servings of vegetables. The basic premise of My Plate is to have 1/4 of your plate grains, 1/4 protein, and half vegetables.
My stovetop was very busy this afternoon preparing lunches for the week. I assembled my 2-C containers. Each container got 1/2 C each of lentils and rice.
My lunches are ready until Wednesday when I can try another combination. Like…
- Rice+Black Beans+Corn+Tomatoes+Cilantro+Peppers
How do you eat healthy when you are busy? What balanced bowl combos would you like to try?