Check out these five school lunch ideas for definitive proof that eating vegan is easy, delicious, and super-affordable for students (not to mention the coolest thing ever, ’cause you’re saving a ton of adorable animals—just by not eating them!):

1. A peanut butter (or almond butter) and jelly sandwich on a toasted bagel

Bagel with jam

Bagel | mroach | CC BY-SA 2.0 

This lunch is packed with protein and cheery childhood memories. Have this bagel sammie with some chocolate soy milk to embrace those old-school cafeteria days (but veganized, duh!).

2. Pita bread stuffed with hummus, cucumber, and shredded carrot

Hummus pita

Because hummus = life.

3. On-the-Go Salad

vegan salad-in-a-jar

Layer strawberries, mushrooms, and tomatoes in a jar and top with sprouts and arugula. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat! Check it out here.

4. Lentil soup in a thermos

Excited Danielli with Thermos

If you don’t own a thermos, get on that ASAP—it’ll change your life. Check out a super-easy lentil soup recipe here, or buy a can of premade lentil soup at your local grocery store (I personally like Amy’s brand the best!). Add a sliced-up apple with peanut butter on the side if you’re really trying to win at life.

5. Grilled “cheese” and veggie sandwich

Vegan Grilled Cheese Veggie Sandwich

Literally just toast some bread, add some vegan cheese (try Daiya’s Cheddar Style Slices), your fave veggies (if you’ve never used “fave” and “veggies” in the same sentence before, try cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and avocado), and that’s it!

So there ya have it! These are pretty much the easiest school lunch ideas EVER. These meals are really handy for those of you who find yourselves rushing out the door in the morning and then crashing (or binge-watching TV) as soon as you finish your homework. If you have some extra time (HOW?! tell me your secrets!) to get a little more fancy with your lunch options, sign up to get free weekly recipes here!

 

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