Nutritious Back-To-School Lunch Ideas

*This post is sponsored by hhgregg.  All opinions are always my own.

Are you bored of the same old lunch routine?  Do you find that you’re packing the same convenient foods for your child for lunch?  I’ve partnered with hhgregg and their back-to-school campaign to create some nutritious lunch recipes that you and your kids will enjoy.  Packing a healthy lunch, shouldn’t be complicated, all you need is a little creativity and fresh, whole foods.

Back to school lunch collageChicken salad can be made so many ways.  Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional chicken salad, but have you tried adding lemon and fresh sage?  Trust me, it’s unbelievably good.  Time saver tip: use a rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken breasts to keep things fast and simple.

Lemon Sage Chicken Salad

Lemon Sage Chicken Salad
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Serves: 3-4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded white meat chicken
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 1½ tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • *optional: 1 tsp lemon zest
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, whisk mayo, sage, lemon juice and sugar
  2. Add chicken and almonds and stir to coat
  3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste

Chicken Salad Lunch

Chicken salad goes beautifully with fruit and fresh vegetables, like these ripe cherry tomatoes.  I’m using up the last of my summer garden harvest, so we have a lot of cherry tomatoes right now.  It’s great to eat seasonal produce, so go with what looks fresh and best for the time of year.

Try this unique twist on traditional egg salad that incorporates diced roasted red peppers and plain Greek yogurt for half of the mayonnaise.  I’ve also got an awesome recipe for Paleo mayonnaise that would work great in any of these recipes.

Roasted Pepper Egg Salad

Roasted Red Pepper Egg Salad
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped roasted red pepper (in the jar)
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp sweet relish (drain any liquid)
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, mayo, dijon, relish and paprika
  2. Chop eggs into small pieces and add to the mayo mixture
  3. Stir in diced roasted red peppers
  4. Season with salt and pepper

Egg Salad Lunch

Serve egg salad on whole grain bread, or topped on crackers or brown rice flat crisps.  Pair it with fresh cherry tomatoes, diced cheese and fruit kabobs for a well-rounded lunch.

Lighter Reuben Wrap

Traditional reuben sandwiches are made with corned beef sauerkraut and rye bread.  I lightened-up it up a bit and made it a little more kid-friendly using low-sodium roast beef, shredded red cabbage instead of sauerkraut and a high protein wrap in lieu of rye bread.  My husband was like “That’s not a reuben, it doesn’t have corned beef and sauerkraut!”  Seriously, does this man not know me by now?!  As far as I’m concerned, food rules are made to be broken.  I guess that I could have given it another name, but the flavor combination is reminiscent of the original, it’s just got a healthy makeover. :)

Lighter Reuben Wrap
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Serves: 1 serving
 
Ingredients
  • 3 oz Boar's Head low-sodium roast beef, thinly sliced
  • 1 Flat-out ProteinUp wrap
  • 1 slice of baby swiss cheese
  • ¼ cup red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 tbsp homemade thousand island dressing (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients in the wrap, roll up and enjoy

This homemade thousand island dressing is a cinch to make and adds the perfect flavor accent for the roast beef and swiss.
Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sweet relish
  • dash onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk all ingredients together until mixed.
  2. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Serve wrap with fresh fruit and slice vegetables, like carrots, peppers and cucumbers.

Lighter Reuben Lunch

Here’s a fun back-to-school quiz from hhgregg and a chance to win a $50 gift card!

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