Perfect Ideas for School Lunches

Whether you’re in middle school, high school, college, or a parent packing a lunch for your little one, this post is for you!

What’s the staple for any sack lunch? A sandwich! But your basic ham and cheese can get verrrrry boring after a while so here’s three sandwich recipes to spice up your sack lunch.

  • Peanut butter, banana, honey sandwich (with a twist)
    • Put your creamy peanut butter on your bread (i prefer whole wheat) and sprinkle some cinnamon on it. Next drizzle your honey on top and cover the pb/honey with banana slices. Pop your other bread slice on top and voila!
  • Turkey (or tofurkey – yum), lettuce, avocado, bacon (tofurkey bacon – it’s actually good trust me)
    • Spread your avocado on your bread (i prefer ciabatta) so you don’t need any mayo, then lay your turkey and bacon on your bread. Top it off with a nice crisp slice of lettuce and finish it off with the other slice of bread.
  • Hummus, sliced cucumbers, mixed greens, sliced bell peppers, avocado
    • Spread the hummus on the bottom piece and assemble the veggie on top, simple, quick, and delicious!

A sandwich is great but you’re going to need more to keep you full and energized throughout the day!  My go to trick is packing a zip lock bag of sliced apple and a bag of pretzles with a little container of peanut butter. Then when I want to switch that up I do crackers and carrot sticks with a side of hummus.

Usually one sandwich and one snack a day is no where near enough to keep me going (I eat a lot, I know) So it’s nice to find a granola bar, protein bar, or supplement bar of some sort to throw in with your lunch to give you a little extra energy as well as a treat.

Last but not least, you probably want some kind of drink other than water to enjoy your meal with. Try brewing some tea and adding honey, chilling, and then putting in a water bottle or thermos for a nice beverage to go along with your lunch!

 

Liquiteria Apple Crisp Smoothie

So I was pretty much freezing before, during, and after drinking this smoothie so I don’t think I got the full experience, but what I did experience was pretty great! It was a cold afternoon in the east village. I got off at the Broadway-Lafayette stop on the M train and headed over to Ave B and 12th (at least I think that’s where I went who really knows). I was not prepared for the weather AT ALL as the previous day had actually been quite pleasant, and to say the least… today was not. So I shivered my way to the nail salon and after a 45 minute manicure I decided to grab something to eat. I passed a place called “Guac” and took a little peek at the menu. As I read the words “bacon guacamole with homemade chips” my mouth started watering but my breakfast sandwich was sitting heavy in my stomach and I decided heading back to the Liquiteria I’d seen on the way there would be a much better option.

When I finally got there, my inner fat kid took the reigns when it came to my decision in ordering. Of corse I couldn’t get the “skinny” or the “mean green” smoothie. I had to get the apple crisp one… but needless to say my inner fat kid was not disappointed.

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It was delicious and creamy (plus that color!!).

For anyone not lucky enough to be in NYC, I’m going to give ya the recipe.

  • 1 chopped green apple (with peel)
  • splash of real pressed apple juice (the cloudy stuff not the yellow clear stuff)
  • spoonful of almond butter
  • spoonful of coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • splash of vanilla almond milk
  • spoonful of agave or maple syrup
  • (optional) half a banana

Super yummy, dessert or breakfast substitute!

Enjoy and let me know if you make one in the comments below!

Quick and Healthy Summer Dinner

Summers are great for fresh veggies, cookouts, yummy light food, and delicious fruity drinks. My favorite quick summer dinner is honey garlic noodles with baked paprika (tofu/chicken/any protein of your choice)  and a warm veggie salad.Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 10.53.21 AM

My veggies consist of

  • Red bell pepper
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet Corn
  • Yellow onion
  • Tbs. Olive oil
  • Pinch Raw cane sugar
  • Pinch Salt and Pepper
  • Pinch Paprika

Cook em’ up in a pan and serve alone or as a side. This combo is delicious, and quick!

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My quick summer pasta is just linguini noodles olive oil, honey, chopped garlic, red pepper, paprika, salt, and pepper. The protein is seasoned and baked with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper, thyme, and a pinch of brown sugar. Toss everything in a bowl and there’s food for everyone!

Don’t forget to follow me on instagram @hanaresch and have a fantastic day.

Vegan Latte + Vegan Chai Recipe

I am a coffee drinker, but I also love me some tea! Especially Chai. I love spicy soy chais sweetened with honey or stevia… but add a shot of coffee and it’s pure magic.

I recently discovered how to make the best homemade vegan latte and I wanted to share it! (Also follow my instagram – @hanaresch)

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  • 16 oz. Freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 tbs. soy coffee creamer
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • Stevia to taste

I swear by this recipe! It’s a healthy version of a delicious drink but the taste rivals the unhealthy original version.

Next is my “dirty chai” recipe.

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  • 16 0z. concentrated brewed chai tea
  • (optional) 1 tsp. chai spice blend
  • 1/3 cup soy milk or soy creamer
  • 1 shot espresso
  • stevia/sugar/honey to taste