Here’s the Crunch

Kamal Sidhu, Managing Editor

To some people, lunch might be 48 minutes to socialize with their friends. To others, it may be a time catch up on homework or study for a test. For very few, lunch is an important time to get a nutritious meal in their stomachs so that they can give their full attention to their teachers during class.

 

The benefits of eating a healthy lunch make up a large list. So instead of making you read a long list of useless information, I have compiled a list of healthy lunch choices for you to choose from for your next meal.

 

Lunch Choices:

 

#1: Hard boiled eggs (whites only) with tuna on wheat bread (chilled)

 

#2: Cold wheat pasta

 

#3: Chicken or turkey wheat sandwich

 

#4: Whole wheat tortilla with beans and cheese (heated in the school’s microwave)

 

#5: Chips and Salsa

 

#6: Nutella wheat sandwich

 

If you have third lunch, and feel like it’s breakfast time instead of lunch then this list of foods is perfect you!

 

Brunch Choices:

#1: Whole wheat bagel, low fat cream cheese, choice of fruit, vegetable,  and drink.

*Bagels also taste good with meat and cheese! Also try it with peanut butter and jelly, you may be surprised by the taste!

 

#2: Classic cereal and milk with fruit! Bring cereal in a Ziplock bag and milk in a bottle from home or buy it from the school. Don’t forget a bowl!

 

Fruit, snack, and drink choices:

 

Fruits: Grapes, Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Pineapple, or Strawberries

Vegetables: Carrots, Celery, Salad, Cucumbers

Sides: Popcorn, Cheese Stick, Pretzels, Animal Crackers, Normal Crackers, Gold Fish, Cheez-Itz, Fruit Snacks, Granola Bar, Sun Chips, any Baked Chips, or Yogurt

Drinks: Milk, Water, Green or Mint Tea, Apple, Orange or Cranberry Juice, or V8

*Stay away from soda and other high calorie or high sugar drinks

Dipping Sauces: Ranch, Peanut butter, Hummus, or anything else that you find delicious! Get creative!

Don’t forget dessert! Limit your dessert to one cookie, two small pieces of candy, or a small piece of cake.

 

Remember, no one knows what you like to eat better than you! So don’t feel limited to this list. You can easily convert an unhealthy meal to a healthy one by substituting fatty sides with fruits and vegetables and high calorie entrees with whole wheat sandwiches or pastas.