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20 Aug Foodie Friday: Plant-Strong Lunch Boxes!

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It’s back-to-school season — a wonderful time of year that often echos the first of the year as a “new beginning” opportunity for achieving goals with health, wellness, organization…..you name it.

Many of you may be packing lunches for your children or yourself and are looking for quick and easy ways to make them Plant-Strong.

Ideally you want to choose a combination that includes the four pillars of healthy eating as outlined by Whole Foods Market:   Plant-Strong (go E2!), Whole food, Nutrient dense, Healthy fats.

Here’s some Plant-Strong lunch box ideas from Engine 2:

Grain & Bean Roll-Ups — use left-over grains-beans-vegetables from dinner the night before and wrap into whole grain tortillas.  Add avocado or sliced olives for extra yum.

Raw Veggies with Hummus — cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots

Sliced Apples and Nut Butter of Choice

Berries & Raw, Unsalted Nuts

Mashed Sweet Potato (you can bake the night before)

Apple Almond Butter Sandwich – unsweetened apple butter and almond butter on whole grain bread.  A twist on this sandwich is recommended by “Feeding the Whole Family” author, Cynthia Lair, who suggests mixing a teaspoon of white miso into the apple butter spread.

Another resource for Plant Strong lunch ideas:  Vegan Lunch Box Around the World

And when you’re packing lunches, consider some Earth Friendly re-usable bag alternatives to using paper bags and plastic baggies:

www.reuseit.com

www.kidskonserve.com

www.laptoplunches.com

www.lunchskins.com

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Ami Mackey for Engine 2
Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

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    Posted at 10:13h, 27 August

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