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This week on Project Inspired, an anonymous reader asked about meal prepping and healthy lunches. High school and college students want to save money and they want to grab their meals quickly because life is busy. Below are some ideas for meals to prepare in advance. If you are in college, these are great meals that you can plan for in advance that are tasty, but also easy to take on the go.
What is your favorite meal plan? Comment below, PI Girls!
1. Grilled Chicken: You can grill chicken with olive oil and some seasoning and save it for salads throughout the week. This is a healthy way to save money and is a good source of protein.
2. Chili: Make a crockpot of chili for the week and you can take it to go in a thermos or in your lunch bag. Beans are high in fiber and are cost effective. Chili is quick and easy to make as well.
3. Quinoa Fried Rice: This idea is from “Flav City With Bobby Parish.” Click here to watch the full YouTube tutorial.
4. Spinach Wraps: Wrap spinach leaves or whole-grain tortillas around avocado, turkey, tomatoes, onion (if you like onions), and honey or spicy mustard, and put in zip-lock or plastic container.
5. Salmon and Quinoa: You can grill salmon the night before and make some whole-wheat quinoa with grilled veggies (eggplant, bell peppers and olive oil) for a healthy lunch.
6. Almond Butter Sandwiches: You can make almond butter sandwiches with jelly for a healthier PB&J option, or even try Nutella to switch it up. What is your favorite spread?
7. Pasta: Spaghetti, pesto penne with chicken, and fettuccine with apple sausage are some some simple pasta dishes you can choose from when deciding what to make for your lunch.
8. Mason Jar Salads: Prep and make your favorite healthy chopped salad in a mason jar or container of your choice. Keep your dressing on the side so it doesn’t get soggy. Also make sure you have a thermos or some kind of lunch bag to preserve your proteins and lettuce.
9. Oatmeal: Overnight oats with blueberries makes a great breakfast, brunch or snack. Oats are very healthy for you and will give you the energy you need to focus on your studies, and the blueberries provide great antioxidants for you.
10. Sweet Potatoes and Yams: Yams are super easy to make, either in a pan or over the stove, if you have one. You can bake fresh sweet potatoes with butter in the oven, or you can buy the canned kind and just heat them, and pair them with some chicken or your main protein of the day. Yams and sweet potatoes are my favorite and are very good for your skin, and so sweet and yummy! You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy these savory root veggies.
PI Girls, what is your favorite meal to prep? Do you tend to save money when you make your meals in advance? Comment below!