The following article was written
by Ashley Palmer.

long, summer! With school starting (or just around the corner for a few lucky
kids), most parents have back-to-school
, school supplies, and new backpacks on their minds. One thing you don’t want to
overlook is making sure that your child has a complete, nutritious, and tasty
meal while at school. Luckily for you, I’m here to help you pack a lunch with punch!

Load Up on Fruits
and Veggies

fruits and vegetables are obviously great choices for packed lunches. To liven
things up, add a small container of homemade
, vegan cream
or creamy peanut butter for dipping. Pop the lunch box in the freezer
overnight, or put a cold pack in it to keep everything fresh.

1 lb.
chickpeas, cooked
3 cloves garlic 
2–3 Tbsp. lemon juice
2–3 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped
3 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt, to taste
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. paprika

  • Put the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, water, parsley, and
    coriander into a food processor or blender and blend to a smooth paste.
    Gradually add the olive oil, stirring constantly. Stir in the salt.
  • Pour the hummus into a serving dish. Drizzle the olive oil
    over it and sprinkle on the paprika.
  • Serve at room temperature. 

Makes 4

Send a Complete

all the fixin’s for a cold pizza pocket
or a build-your-own burrito in small
containers. Once at school, your child can create his or her own lunch from
scratch. This is a great way to keep the ingredients from getting that soggy
texture that’s all too common in packed lunches.

Cold Pizza

1 whole grain
pita pocket
2 Tbsp. tomato
1 cup assorted
fresh vegetables
1 Tbsp. vegan
cheese, optional
1 tsp. basil
or oregano, optional

  • Tear pita in half, fill it with all the ingredients, and

Makes 1

Build-Your-Own Burrito
2 Tbsp. salsa
1 Tbsp. guacamole
2 Tbsp. black
Cubed baked
tofu, chopped lettuce, onions, peppers
1 soft tortilla

  • Take
    pick of fillings and place them on the tortilla. Roll it up and start munching!

Makes 1

Dessert Can Be

for us, some fruits can be disguised as dessert to fool the unsuspecting
student! Some of my favorites include dates, mandarin oranges, and
strawberries. Or create a simple trail
to please the palate and give your child extra energy during afternoon

Simple Trail Mix
1/4 cup
mini pretzels
1/2 cup mixed nuts 
1/4 cup dried pineapple
1/4 cup raisins 
1 vegan chocolate bar, roughly chopped
1/4 cup coconut flakes, optional

  • Mix all the ingredients together. Store in an airtight

Makes about
2 cups

Brave the Lunch Line

be honest―it’s bound to happen: You’re too busy to pack a lunch, or your child forgets
his or her lunch at home. Be sure to store a few dollars in your child’s
backpack or locker, just in case. Asking your child’s school to provide
vegetarian and vegan options is a great start, but it’s more persuasive if the request comes from the student.
Take a look at peta2’s latest campaign, The Veggie Burger Project, to help you get

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