Healthy, Quick and Easy Snack & Lunch Ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Often we think about the kids lunch boxes more than we do ourselves, just grabbing anything that is quick and easy and often not the healthiest choice or finding yourself in the drive thru for convenience. I always start the day with breakfast but it’s through the day when I’m busy or out and about that I find being prepared or having quick & easy ideas on hand, helps me stay on track with a healthy, well balanced day. As I do with my Meal Planning, I also like to plan ahead my lunches for the week so when I am filling in my shopping list I have all the items needed written down before I get to the grocery store.

MY TIP: All the recipes in my Lunch Box Recipes Cookbook are perfect for busy mums who need a quick healthy snack on the go (as well as making great school lunch box fillers).

I eat regularly and I used to get carried away working and then look at the clock at 2pm and realise how hungry I was and that I hadn’t actually eaten since breakfast. So I set up a silent alarm (or you can do it on your phone) on my fitbit at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm so through the day I would feel my wrist buzz from the alarm and eventually get in the habit of knowing when to stop and have a quick bite.

Below are some of my favourite lunch and snack ideas.

Morning Tea

Snacks often consist of a boiled egg, fruit, yoghurt or a homemade muffin.

Fruit and Vegetable Sticks, great for grazing.  Image: Found on staraniseorganic

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

Smoothie – A healthy smoothie is a great option for when you’re in a hurry. The best part about having a smoothie is that you can have it on-the-go.

This post is simply about providing you with quick and healthy lunch options that will help fuel you for the rest of the day. Also, this isn’t limited to mums, it’s for everyone that needs a few lunch alternatives to fit into their busy lives! Here are my 7 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas For Busy People.

Mango Macadamia Muffins -These Mango Macadamia Muffins are super delicious and moist with a delightful crunch of macadamia. View my recipe here.

These Mango Macadamia Muffins are super delicious and moist with a delightful crunch of macadamia. Your chance to win 1 of 3 Mr KP Mango trays with Apron and Recipe cards.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins – These Choc Chip Zucchini muffins are moist and tasty! Freezer friendly, and make a perfect snack for the kids school lunchboxes. Find my Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins here.

LUNCH IDEAS

Lunch is usually a sandwich, salad, crackers or leftovers from the night before.

Ham & Egg Salad – with crackers. Recipe found on taste

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

Frittata Bites -I really love my cheese and bacon mini quiche recipe, often making some and freezing for kids school lunch box. This frittata bites recipe would have to be one of my next favourites. I sometimes make these up for lunch over the weekend using up any vegetables or meat that are lingering in the fridge. Find my Frittata Bites Recipe here .

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

American Club Sandwich. Without the middle slice of bread.  Recipe found on woolworths

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

Nicoise Salad – Recipe found on taste

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

Greek Salad – I love greek salad (minus the olives). Recipe found on taste 

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

Mason Jar Salad – Now that we are back into spring salads will be my go to lunch option.  Mason Jar Salad’s Recipe on blog here.

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

Melted Cheese Sandwich – Recipe found on taste.com.au.

Each week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

Crispbread with various toppings – This is a great alternative to using bread, I like to use crisp breads and rice cakes. It’s just like an open sandwich, only crunchy!! Topping ideas hereimage credit, food to love

This post is simply about providing you with quick and healthy lunch options that will help fuel you for the rest of the day. Also, this isn’t limited to mums, it’s for everyone that needs a few lunch alternatives to fit into their busy lives! Here are my 7 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas For Busy People.

AFTERNOON SNACK IDEAS

Afternoon snacks are mainly veggie sticks, popcorn or something that is light and easy to eat to get me through until dinner.

Popcorn – I love this idea! Popcorn is light and filling, however, there can be a fine line between healthy and not-so-healthy popcorns. Your best bet is to make your own and add as little, or as much butter as you feel necessary.

Easy afternoon snacks for kids who are always hungry in the afternoon, and those who just enjoy a light snack before saving themselves for a hearty dinner.

Bliss Balls – These are well worth the preparation as they are sweet, nutritious and filling all at the same time! If you don’t incorporate much sugar into your child’s lunchbox then this is sure to cure those cravings. Your child will love the thought of having chocolate as a snack, all while being oblivious to the health benefits (Chocolate makes you smarter… doesn’t it?) I have several bliss ball recipes on my blog for those who are keen to try them (warning: they are addictive). Find my chocolate and coconut bliss ball recipe here.

Easy afternoon snacks for kids who are always hungry in the afternoon, and those who just enjoy a light snack before saving themselves for a hearty dinner.

Vegetable sticks and dip – Image found on cookingforbusymumsEach week before I go food shopping, I think of ideas for lunch and snacks throughout the week. Some weeks I have similar snacks and lunches, although it's nice to have a look through some recipe books or websites and get some new ideas. Especially with the weather changes, it's a good time to think of something new as it warms up. Here are some of my favourites that are Healthy, Quick and Easy to prepare but most importantly yummy!!

 

What’s your favourite lunch ideas?

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2 comments

Tracy September 16, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Lunch and snacks are my nemesis. I am a teacher in a school where we only have tuck shop one day a week. On that day I usually order a toasted sourdough sandwich with roasted vegetables. So, so good, and yummy. I know I need to eat at recess, lunch time and after school, but I often find it hard to get to the healthy end of those requirements. Often leftovers are what I take for lunch. I take a piece of fruit to eat with the kids at fruit time. The rest of the day is whacked. I have virtuous intentions at the beginning of the day, but by recess all I want is a high dose of sugar. By the end of the day any lollies within reach are gone.

Hubby and I flew up to the Fine Food exhibition this week and I discovered coconut yoghurt. If any of your readers are vegan, this yoghurt was delicious. Like, drop dead delicious! We had the Co Yo brand – smooth, creamy, vegan (not that I care but it was nicer than dairy, I thought), no cane or artificial sugars. I tried the Nudie brand when I got home. Ho hum. I need to go find Co Yo.

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Rebecca September 17, 2017 - 9:19 PM

I’m sorry this comment is irrelevant to this subject as I don’t have Facebook. I am curious how people deter mud wasps?? We don’t have screens on our windows and the mud wasps are a real pest in summer. Any suggestions would be massively appreciated, they drive me nuts.

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