Back to School food!

Back to school is in full swing in our home! Funk is back to school for his MBA and I’m back to school teaching college freshman nutrition (for the first time!) and counseling for the school’s health services. A dream job of mine! Whether you’re back to school too, have kids in school, or are just in that fall-is-coming, school-is-starting mindset that end of summer brings, you might enjoy some recent school-themed posts I wrote.

If you’re packing school lunches (or dinners in Funk’s case) here are some of my vegetarian bagged lunch ideas on the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog. Here’s a little teaser:

Pack a Platter
Sometimes packed lunches feel fancier if you make a spread of healthy ingredients. I like packing small containers of hummus, cut veggies, whole wheat crackers, grapes, and edamame to eat when I’m not in the mood for a standard sandwich. Kids love lunch like this too since they get to eat with their hands!

And if you’re a kid in college, there ARE ways to eat healthfully. I did a guest post for Zesty on Dorm Room Dining for his Help the Students blog segment. Here are some of my dorm room food suggestions (and for meal ideas check out the post!):

Assuming you have a mini-fridge in your room, there are many things you can keep cool. Here are some of my favorites that keep for a while in the fridge before going bad:

  • Hummus/bean spread
  • Baby carrots and other fresh cut veggies
  • Apples and other fresh whole fruit
  • Applesauce cups with no added sugar
  • Soy/almond/rice milk (some are shelf stable until you open them!)
  • yogurt

On your shelves and in drawers you can keep:

  • nuts and nut butter
  • whole grain cereal
  • old fashioned oats
  • whole wheat crackers, like Triscuits
  • single serve tuna packs in water
  • hearty low sodium soup, like minestrone or black bean
  • instant microwavable brown rice/whole grain packs


  • microwave popcorn
  • trail mix (make your own with cereal, dried fruit, and nuts)
  • dried fruit
  • bars (Larabars are my favorite!)

In other news…have you heard about the American Original Sweepstakes? This is a chance for people to share what makes them unique and possibly win the weekly prize of $100 or the grand prize of $5000! Get on it! You already know how much I love the Uncle Sam cereal and I love this fun contest too!  You can also follow their tweets @amoriginal. I was not paid to promote this sweepstakes.

That’s a wrap. I hope back to school, or back to September, is going well for you!


  1. Posted September 12, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Congrats to you on your dream job!

    I’m always cooking up ideas for healthy lunches, snacks, things to pack. I like your ‘Pack a Platter’. My friend in London creates “Tapas” lunches for her toddler (mini plates of chopped olives, tomatoes, low-fat cheese, edamame, etc…) Though I’m not back in school and my kids are just toddlers, I have quite a few family members and friends (or their kids) who are. I just recently contributed to ChickSpeak on a similar topic: Back to School Diet: How to Stay Healthy Even if your Cafeteria Isn’t

    BTW: I love Uncle Sam’s Cereal! I could eat it every day and often do! : )

  2. Posted September 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    EEE! back to school time! Love your suggestions! And best of luck to you and funk as you get into the back to school mode!

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