5 Light and Lovely Lunch Ideas That Will Make Your Life Easier - Cooking with Cassandra


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This is part of a series of posts by PumpUp’s losingitwithcassandra. Follow her Tumblr and PumpUp @losingitwithcassandra
Since i stated college again last week, i realized food prepping was essential especially since i commute to campus everyday. I like bringing my own lunch because the food at my school is full of fast food joints. Bringing my lunch enables me to make better eating choices and i get to save so much money. Here are a couple things i like to make on a school day in the mornings and what i like to pack in my lunch.
  • Whole Wheat Egg White English Muffin
  • Acai Smoothie
  • Turkey Wraps
  • Salad in a Jar
  • One-Ingredient Quest Bar Cookies

Whole Wheat Egg White English Muffin

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I like to make this when i have a little extra time in the morning. This is a better option then heading to the drive through at a fast food location in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole Wheat English Muffin
  • 2 Egg whites
  • Salt and Pepper
  • A handful of spinach
  • Cheese Slice (This is optional)

Directions:

 Add non-stick spray to a pan and turn on your stove to medium heat.While the stove is heating up place your english muffin in a toaster. In a separate bowl separate your egg whites from the yolks, add a pinch of salt and pepper, and whisk with a fork until frothy. Once the pan is heated up add your egg whites and once they brown flip them over. Then you get your English muffins and place the eggs on top. I usually flip the eggs over a few times so that they fit inside the English muffin. Finally add your spinach and cheese on top and you’re set to go. 

Acai Smoothie

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On the days where i am rushing i usually opt for a smoothie. Not only is this recipe super easy and fast to make, you also get some vitamin C to start off your day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Sambazon Acai Superfruit packs (Can be found at Costco)
  • 1 banana
  • A handful of strawberries
  • A splash of orange juice

Directions: In a blender add in the acai, strawberries, banana, and orange juice. Mix and enjoy.

Turkey Wraps

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Slices of Turkey
  • 1 whole wheat Tortilla
  • A few Grape Tomatoes
  • A handful of spinach
  • Low fat ranch dressing (or a mashed up avocado)

Directions:

Heat up your tortilla. Once it is heated up, place it on a cutting board. Spread your ranch dressing all over the tortilla so that everything sticks together when you cut the wrap in half. If you want a healthier option you can use a mashed avocado which is just as delicious as well. Next place your turkey slices, tomatoes and spinach and wrap up your tortilla. Then you cut it in half or you can cut it into smaller pieces. I like adding carrots and cucumbers on the side to enjoy them with the wraps. Quick and easy lunch to pack and take on the go. Enjoy! 

Salad in a Jar

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Ingredients:

  • Iceberg Lettuce Mix
  • A handful of grape tomatoes
  • Dressing of choice (I used sesame dressing)
  • Protein of choice (I used Tuna) You can also use quinoa or chicken. There are so many options!
  • Salt and Pepper
  • A mason Jar

Directions:

Place your dressing on the bottom of the mason jar. I like doing this first because it gets less messy. Then add your lettuce and tomatoes filling the mason jar half way. The possibilities are endless so add in all your favorite salad toppings. Then fill the other half with your tuna (or protein of choice) and top with a dash of salt and pepper. Then you seal your mason jar and when it’s time for lunch you just shake it up and enjoy! 

One-Ingredient Quest Bar Cookies and Cream Cookies

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Literally just one ingredient! When i come home from school and the gym these are the best! and literally no effort at all to make. High in fiber, 21 grams of protein, gluten free, and only 1 gram of sugar.

Ingedients:

  • 1 Quest Bar ( i LOVE the cookies and cream flavor)

Directions:

Open a quest bar and place in the microwave for 10 seconds. This is just going to make the bar easier to mess with. Pre-heat your oven at 350 degrees. Split the bar into 4 equal pieces and roll them into a cookie shape. Once that is done all you need to do is pop them in the oven for 8-10 minutes.  Yes it was that easy! Your kitchen ends up smelling amazing once you’re done too.  Enjoy! 

 This is part of a series of posts by PumpUp’s losingitwithcassandra. Follow her Tumblr and PumpUp losingitwithcassandra.