Today’s teens are busier than ever with school, extracurricular activities, and a social life. Add in a part-time job or household chores and they have even less time to plan healthy lunches. Here are a few healthy lunch ideas for teens to keep growing their minds and keeping their bodies strong and healthy.
Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas for Teens
Hummus and Crackers
For at-home dining or on the run lunches, enjoy various flavors of hummus on different styles of crackers. Change it up with pretzel style crackers, cheese flavors, or standard saltines for a light but filling meal.
Use a flavored spread like honey peanut butter or hazelnut chocolate on low fat specialty breads. Whole grain loaves add fiber and texture while tasty flavors like oatmeal or apple cinnamon provide a nice change of taste. Cut regular size sandwiches into slices or wedges for visual appeal.
Fruit and Dip
Slice favorite seasonal fruits like apples and peaches or combine cherries, blueberries, and grapes for a colorful and palate-pleasing blend of flavors. Whip up a batch of low calorie dip to enhance the taste.
Pack an individual serving can of tuna, deviled ham, or chicken. Include one or two hard-boiled eggs to wrap in fresh spinach or lettuce leaves.
Choose favorite deli style meats like turkey, ham, or pepperoni and wrap in shredded lettuce in a tortilla or flat bread. Add veggies like sliced onions or peppers and condiments as desired.
Pick up a grilled chicken wrap with a tasty dressing or opt for freshly made chicken tacos with extra tomatoes or pico de gallo for a serving of veggies. A single burger with onion, tomato, or lettuce is another low calorie option. Take along some carrot sticks or apple wedges.
Buy or make one or two slices of pizza topped with low calorie sausage or plenty of your favorite veggies like tomatoes, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Add a fruit cup or celery sticks to round out the lunch.
Fruit or Veggie Smoothie
Combine tropical fruits and add to yogurt with a splash of milk for an island themed smoothie. For extra energy include protein powder and favorite flavors like cocoa powder, vanilla, or fresh seasonal fruit added to a scoop of low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe!
2 cups of water
2 cups of spinach
1 cup of mangos or peaches
1 cup of pineapples
1 tablespoon of flaxseed or chia seeds (optional)
1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
First, blend water and spinach. Add the remaining ingredients and you will have a delicious and healthy smoothie!
Preparing or buying a healthy lunch that teens will love isn’t difficult or costly. Use fun, ready-to-eat foods that make convenient and tasty lunches.