With the school year just around the corner, you may be looking for some new back to school eats. Whether you’re heading back to school, preparing your kids for school, or just looking for a few new food items to change things up, this is a great time to look around and see what new and healthy foods are out there.
Let’s start with breakfast. Breakfast is a must! It helps to fuel you (and your kids) for the day ahead. Some of my go to on the go breakfast foods include hard-boiled eggs (which you can boil ahead of time), berry smoothies, Ezekiel Bread with peanut butter and banana slices, oatmeal, and of course, fruit!
Some of my new favorite breakfast foods include…
Umpqua Oats. Although I love making home-made oats or banana steel-cut oats, sometimes you need something fast when you’re on the go. Umpqua oats are incredibly tasty and have FAR less sugar than other on the go oatmeal cups.
Vega Smoothies. Y’all know I love my smoothies, so finding a protein powder I love is key. I’ve honestly found many powders I love but my new favorite brand is Vega, hands down!
Moving onto lunch, packing a well-balanced and filling lunch is key! Some of my go to lunches include Progresso Soup, sandwiches made with Ezekiel Bread, salads topped with a protein and/or beans, and small portions of leftover dinners. Sides are also important when it comes to packing a lunch. Although a salad can be filling, bringing along a piece of fruit or a yogurt for example can round out the lunch.
Some of my new favorite lunch foods include…
Synergy Kombucha. These drinks can be a little odd at first, but I swear if you try out various flavors you’ll find one you love! My favorite flavors are Mystic Mango and Grape Chia. The Grape Chia is surprisingly filling and pairs so well with a sandwich.
Yoplait Greek Yogurt. I love me some Chobani but this new yogurt by Yoplait is pretty rockin’! They also have Key Lime and Vanilla, both of which are very good!
Muller Fruit Up. You have probably seen commercials for these but having just come back from Europe I was PUMPED to see that Muller was now being sold in the US. These yogurts are da-bomb! Buy one!
Closing the school day/work day/afternoon with a snack can also be a key to keeping your day on track. Instead of coming home with a growling belly, a light snack helps to provide additional fuel which can tide you over until dinner time. As Neal works until 7PM, I usually don’t start cooking until 7PM and then we eat when he gets home. Eating a snack around 4:30PM helps keep me from unnecessary snacking when I’m at home.
Some of my new favorite snack foods include…
Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber bars. OK maybe I’m cheating here as these are not technically new to me, but I love them so much! On top of that, Gnu Foods is running a back to school special now, so I once again have a fully stocked Flavor & Fiber bar stash. Since the blonde bars are just about the greatest flavor, I just couldn’t pass up this deal!
Mexican Chocolate Popcorn. Say whaaaat?? Oh yeah, Mexican Chocolate Popcorn! You see, The Hershey Company has fabulous website call Hershey’s Moderation Nation, which provides a number of helpful tips and tools to help you achieve a balanced diet as well as strategies for a balancing work (school) life. After receiving information about Moderation Nation from The Hershey Company as well as this awesome container of cocoa powder, I decided to create some Mexican inspired Chocolate Popcorn!
- 3 cups of cooked popcorn (I used Whole Foods no oil or salt popcorn
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/2 tbsp Hershey’s natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 packet of stevia
- Pop the popcorn according to the package instructions.
- Move popped popcorn to a large bowl.
- Add oil to popcorn and mix thoroughly.
- Combine all of the seasonings and the cocoa powder and then add to the bowl of popcorn.
- Mix popcorn thoroughly, ensuring that all of the popcorn has been coated with the seasoning.
I love taking popcorn to work as it can be really filling and very healthy (depending on what you buy/make).
The start of the school year is a great time to mix things up and to try a few new things. Variety can be your diet’s best friend, whether you’re looking to gain weight, maintain your weight, or lose some weight. These are just some of my new favorites but I’d love to hear about some of your go to breakfasts, lunches, and snacks! So tell me, how are you changing things up your meals this school/academic year?