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Summertime!! Ok, summertime officially begins June 21, but with Memorial Day behind us and the kids out of school, it sure feels like summer is in full swing. My CSA has been filling my fridge with all sorts of fresh produce and I’ve been doing my best to eat my way through it. I quickly found that food prep is the only way for me to efficiently utilize my green goods before they go bad. Because of this I’ve been more consistent with prep for healthy summer lunches and even stepped up my game a notch with the help of Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kits.
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The Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit comes with specifically portioned containers for grains, vegetables, fruit, and protein which eliminates the need to measure. All the containers fit neatly into the convenient carry box for easy transport to all the summer adventures us moms go on- the zoo, the pool, the splash pad, or even wild frontiers like… the front yard.
I’ve had so much fun recently trying different healthy summer lunches (in hopes to avoid the dreaded lunch rut) and wanted to share 7 of my favorite light ‘n healthy summer lunches for busy moms.
Kale Pesto Pasta
I made a variation of this 5 Minute Kale Pesto (I just subbed walnuts in the place of almonds) and tossed it with rotini. Bonus- the girls loved this too! I filled out the meal with chickpeas for protein, hearts of palm and artichoke hearts for veggies (they went great with the pesto!) and cantaloupe balls.
Egg Salad Scoopers
I made a simple egg salad (similar to this one), then added some brown rice cakes to scoop it out with. Sliced mini pepper rings and cantaloupe with blueberries to round it out.
Make Your Own Parfait
As simple as it gets for those really rushed mornings! Greek yogurt with honey, granola (Julie’s hemp seed granola pictured below is delicious!), and blueberries make a delicious parfait. And I love carrots to just crunch on by themselves!
OK, I totally would have used tortilla chips if I had them on hand, but pretzels turned out to be tasty too! Paired with Monterrey jack cheese for protein, guacamole for fruit (possibly a stretch, but avocado is a fruit!), and fresh pineapple salsa for veggies. So good!
This combo made me feel like a kid with a Lunchable, but in a slightly more mature fashion. Wheat pita triangles for the grain section, pizza sauce for the vegetable (I get it, a slight stretch), mozzarella balls and Applegate turkey pepperoni for the protein. And a little kiwi to round it out.
Snack Plate Lunch
As simple as it gets: Mary Gone Crackers (which David tried they other day and immediately told me, ugh, these must be Whole30 compliant- lol) with turkey and Cabot’s habanero cheddar cheese make a great snack combo, with mini peppers and frozen mango to boot.
The Leftover Lunch
This is a combo I would easily toss together before we take off for the pool. Leftover roasted potatoes for the carb, pistachios for protein (and healthy fat), a simple salad, and blueberries and goji berries.
I don’t regularly measure portions or count calories, but having a designated area for each food group definitely made me more aware of keeping meals well balanced. I realized how often I skip out on fruit or don’t eat enough protein. Each of these lunches was satiating and filled me up more than I anticipated.
The BPA-free Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit is microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, making clean up a breeze. I think it makes a great food storage addition for any mom, whether you are headed to the office or to stand watch over a lemonade stand.
If you’re interested in trying one yourself, leave a comment with your favorite healthy summer lunch combination below.
On Friday morning (June 9), a winner will be picked to win a Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit of their own!
Thank you Rubbermaid for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.