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Julia asks: Hi Mr. Kate! So I’m currently in high school and our school has lots of yummy lunch options, but unfortunately few are healthy, vegetarian, and buying lunch gets pretty expensive. I keep seeing all this delicious food on your blog, and I was wondering if you had any ideas on a school lunch that’s delicious, vegetarian and easily transportable. Thank you so much!

My Answer: Hi Julia! Packing a lunch is a great idea whether you’re a student or working in an office, etc. It forces you to make healthy choices before you are so starving and opt for the pizza and it saves you money! Here are some of my favorite recipes that I think are well suited for a healthy, packed lunch. I hope you find some you like!

If you just don’t have time to pack a lunch, see this post where I talk all about Healthy Ways to Order at Restaurants  so you can still eat healthy while you’re eating out.

  • Easy wrap recipe  – wraps are so versatile. I like to cram whatever I have in the fridge inside a healthy tortilla with a yummy sauce or spread and it’s ready to go!

  • Tempeh and lotus root salad with miso dressing. Salads are great in a to-go container. I think putting your dressing in a separate small container is better so the lettuce doesn’t get too soggy before you’re ready to eat it.

  • This Quinoa Tabbouleh is a great gluten free option that travels well in a to-go container.

Some other to-go food ideas see: Instant matcha green tea and DIY Trail Mix and see tons more in the Food section.

Of course you also want to pack your lunch in something fun and stylish…

  • Lunch tote, like this one from Uncovet or these handmade leather lunch sacks on Etsy.

Or DIY your own lunch box!…

Bon appetite!

(images via uncovet.comdamasklove.comrefinedstyle.tumblr.com, Etsy)

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