August 30, 2016

Healthiest Foods for Back to School

Whether we want to admit it or not, back to school is coming. Adalyn won't be going to school quite yet but my husband will! He is starting his sixth year as a teacher and this year, is teaching honors physics, earth science, regular physics and astronomy. With 4 classes to prep, during the school year is very busy for us.

Therefore, I like to stock up our fridge, freezer and pantry for back to school to make cooking and healthy eating as easy as possible. I pack our lunches every day, we both bring a breakfast from home and then eat dinner together as a family. Healthy eating is important to me year round and to make the back-to-school hustle easier, I make sure that I have most of these foods on hand.

Fresh fruit


-Milk- we buy 2% for Adalyn and for our coffee, cooking, etc.
-Fruit- any kind of fresh fruit will do
-Salsa- we make a lot of our own salsa or buy fresh salsa
-Hummus- I often buy pre-made hummus or whip up a quick batch of my own. It takes 5 minutes or less.

-Vegetables- I like to keep a ton of vegetables on hand for loaded salads, stir-frys, for grilling, etc.
-Yogurt- I usually buy Greek yogurt. For Adalyn, pouches and tubes are awesome for on-the-go
-Shredded cheese- we always keep shredded cheese for nachos, pizza, tacos, egg sandwiches, etc. Made healthy at home of course.

This homemade veggie loaded rainbow flatbread pizza is ready in 20 minutes and is loaded with your favorite vegetables for a nutritious and fun meal!
Rainbow Flatbread Pizza
-Leftovers- during the school year, we make large quantities of food when we cook so that we have leftovers for lunch. Troy used to take sandwiches most days but now, he usually takes leftovers because they are healthier and taste better.

-Flatout wraps- We absolutely love Flatout wraps because they are whole-grain, healthy and taste great. We use these for so many different things including wraps, pizzas, quesadillas, salads and more. We love making sandwiches and wraps for lunch packed with all kinds of nutritious foods using Flatout wraps.

I also like to use them in uncommon type recipes such as my Pizza Panzanella Salad, Easy Pizza Soup and Fattoush Salad. My daughter, husband and I all like them.
These Mushroom Black Bean Burgers give store bought veggie burgers a run for their money! Simple to make and loaded with veggies and flavorful portobello mushrooms.
Make these Mushroom Black Bean Burgers ahead of time and store them in the freezer.


-Frozen fruit- frozen fruit is great for a cold snack or for smoothies
-Veggie burgers- We love veggie burgers and can get dinner on the table in 10 minutes or less with these!
-Chicken breasts- chicken is so versatile and one of our favorite forms of protein
-Fish- salmon or tilapia mostly

Texas Caviar AKA Black Bean Salad- serve with tortilla chips- great for any gathering as an appetizer!
-Frozen vegetables- peas and corn mostly- I use frozen corn for my Texas Caviar black bean salad.
-Venison- well, my husband is a hunter so we always have venison in steak and ground meat form in our freezer
-Homemade applesauce- in the fall, when my dad's apples do well on the farm, I make a big batch of applesauce and freeze it to bake with, eat and to give to my daughter
This Salted Caramel Baked Oatmeal topped with bananas and toasted nuts makes the perfect cozy breakfast! It tastes indulgent but is nutritious and filling.
Try this Salted Caramel Baked Oatmeal for a delicious, homemade breakfast before school!


-Nut butters- you knew that I was going to say this, right? I only write about nut butter at least weekly. I love having a variety of kinds including peanut, cashew, almond, sunflower seed and pistachio butters.
-Whole-wheat pasta- we always have a bunch of this on hand for a quick meal
-Brown rice- the quick cook kind is especially helpful for fast meals
-Low-sodium canned beans- black beans, garbanzo, pinto and kidney beans are my favorite

When you have too many garden or farmer's market tomatoes to use, make this Homemade Tomato Sauce! It can be canned or frozen and tastes just as fresh as when you made it!
Homemade pasta sauce
-No-salt added pasta sauce, canned tomatoes and tomato sauce
-Healthy (or semi-healthy) snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, popcorn, whole-grain crackers, etc.
-Oats- I eat oatmeal most days at work for breakfast and also use it for cooking a ton
-Applesauce and pouches- Adalyn loves these for snacks.
These Butterfinger Protein Bars are easy and only take 5 minutes to make. Super tasty and much more affordable than store-bought bars!
Make these Butterfinger Protein Bars for the perfect after-school snack
-Protein powder- great for smoothies and baking with
-Coffee- probably the most important thing on this list!! Can't start the day without coffee. Troy brings his mug everyday to school full of hot coffee
-Wine- after a long week at school, a nice glass of wine is perfect on Friday night!! ; )

Check out all of my recipes using Flatout wraps:
Rainbow Flatbread Pizza
Easy Pizza Soup

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Flatout. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Nutritionist Reviews possible.

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