HEALTHY MEAL PREP: FAMILY LUNCHES

These inventive dishes will satisfy both parents and kids.

Athletes know that planning out meals in advance is one of the keys to success in achieving wellness goals. That’s why we created our healthy meal prep series. Previously we shared tricks to make breakfast pizza and master bento boxes. This week, five bold lunches that kids and parents can enjoy wherever their day takes them.

For many parents, prepping lunch for the family means doing double the work: crafting one meal for yourself (and/or your partner) and a separate one for your kids. Instead of adding more to your plate by accommodating their taste buds, prep one to-go lunch that the whole family can enjoy, says Marissa Lippert, RD, a New York City-based nutritionist and owner of Nourish Baby, a food-delivery service for parents and newborns.

An added bonus: “By exposing kids to different flavors, you’ll help develop their palate and curiosity about food,” she says. The following recipes are portable and filled with interesting herbs, spices, and ingredients that appeal to kids and adults alike.

SUNDAY PREPARATIONS:

1.
Shop for all of the ingredients and allow two hours to cook. View the shopping list here.
2.

Prepare the bulgur.

Eggs

FIT CHEF HOW-TO: MAKE NO-COOK BULGUR

You don’t have to turn on the stove to prepare the grain, says Lippert. Pour 1 cup of uncooked bulgur into a mixing bowl, cover it with warm water by about ¾ inch, and leave it overnight. In the morning, gently mix and taste. The grain should be soft but not soggy. If it’s too hard, add more water and let it sit until it softens.

3.

Prepare all condiments.

Almond butter

GREEN GODDESS AQUAFABA DRESSING

Chia Pudding

LEMON-MISO DRESSING

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AOILI

CARAWAY AIOLI

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Labneh

LENTIL-WALNUT HUMMUS

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4.

Assemble all lunches.
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