It's that time of year again; kids are back in school, and you are back to work. Late nights at work or soccer practices are starting up, and the days keep getting shorter and shorter. A busier schedule means finding ways to save time on meal prep without compromising on health or taste!
Veggie Owl with Maple Mustard Hummus
Photo and Recipe by @thedaleyplate
Kids and adults alike, will adore this Veggie Platter in the shape of an Owl, and it will only take you minutes to prepare it for a healthy afternoon snack! Save any leftovers to pack for lunch the next day.
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars (Nut-Free)
Photo and Recipe by @unsweetened.caroline
Many store-bought granola bars are high in refined sugars and oils. Skip the junk and prepare a batch of your own homemade version for an easy, portable snack that kids would also love. These Chewy Granola Bars are also nut-free, so no need to worry about potential nut allergies at school.
Turkey, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich Skewers
Photo and Recipe by @thealmondeater
Sick of packing the same old sandwich? Switch things up a bit with these nifty Sandwich Skewers. (Especially great for kid or adult playdates!)
Crispy Sweet Potato and Beet Chips
Photo and Recipe by @lumadeline
Homemade Veggie Chips are one of the easiest (and most delicious) healthy snacks you can make. Make a big batch on Sunday and pack them all week long!
Blueberry and Almond Breakfast Cookies
Photo and Recipe by @bakeritablog
These Blueberry and Almond Breakfast Cookies are the multi-tasking snack you need in your life. Grab a few on the way out the door in the morning, pack one for a mid-day snack, or even whip up a quick batch for a healthy dessert! Bonus points: they're free of gluten and refined sugar!
Chickpea Salad in a Jar
Photo and Recipe by @alphafoodie
Salads packed in a jar are the perfect portable lunch! In order to prevent soggy vegetables, start with your choice of dressing at the bottom, followed by layers of your (and your kids') favorite vegetables. When it's time to eat, just give it a quick shake to disperse the ingredients.
Lemony Pesto Pasta with Edamame and Almonds
Photo and Recipe by @issycroker
Homemade Pesto is easy to make ahead of time in large batches and store for those nights when you just don't seem to have enough time. Not sure if your kids will eat Zucchini Noodles? Mix regular Noodles in with the Zoodles for an easy meal that you can repurpose the next day!
Chia and Herb Parmesan Popcorn
Photo and Recipe by @eatlaughdrink
What better on-the-go snack than a few handfuls of fresh popcorn? Add some chia for extra healthy fats and fiber that will keep you fuller for longer.
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