Mix and Match Lunch Menu

This menu is inspired by the kids’ menu at Pita Jungle, one of my favorite restaurants. They have one of the best kids’ menus I’ve ever seen, with an emphasis on healthful food served in balance. I thought it would make a great tool to plan my own brown bag lunches. I’ve changed some of the items (they also offer lentils, tofu, and pita crisps) and added serving sizes and more vegetable and fruit options.

Pick one item from each column, and then add a drink.

Protein Carbs Greens Fruit
3 oz chicken 1 slice 12-grain bread 3 oz baby carrots 1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup hummus 1/2 cup brown rice 1/2 cup broccoli 1/2 cup berries or grapes
1/3 cup mixed beans 1/2 cup garlic potatoes 1/2 cup spinach 1/2 cup pineapple cubes
3 oz tuna 1/2 cup mac & cheese 1 cup cucumber 1/2 apple, banana, or pear
3 oz turkey 1/2 cup pasta with marinara 1 cup green salad 1 cup strawberries
Veggie burger 1 whole-wheat pita bread (with 1 slice of cheese) 1 cup cherry tomatoes 4 dried apricots