Lunch Faves with a Healthy Twist (Inspired by the First Lady)

By Maggie Rulli 09.26.2014 blog

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama to talk about healthy eating. And yeah, she was just as awesome as you think she is. She gave us some great tips on how to eat better, and reminded us about how eating healthy can actually make you a better student and a better athlete.

And she got me thinking – maybe it’s time I step up my own lunch time game. So here are three of my favorite tasty and healthy lunches.


A PB & J: This oldie but goodie has always been one of my faves – and you can bring it into healthy lunch territory with just a few small changes. Opt for 100% whole wheat or whole grain bread. Make sure your peanut butter (or whatever nut butter you choose) is all natural with no added preservatives or sugar. And on the jelly side – same thing. Just try to stick to spreads that have no weird sounding ingredients and no added sugar. Here’s my fav combo: 100% whole grain cinnamon Raisin English Muffins, Organic Almond butter and (curve ball…) raw honey. I promise — it’s amazing!!


Think of it as a deconstructed sandwich. Start with some minimally processed multigrain tortilla chips or 100% whole grain pita and then get dipping! Choose some dips for flavor – like salsa. And some dips that will fill ya up – like hummus, black bean dip and guacamole.  Make sure to add in some veggie sticks like carrots and celery for extra dipping and crunch. Pretty soon, you’ll be dipping your way to a tasty and filling lunch!


It’s a winter alternative to the brown paper bag. When the months get cold, a hot soup can totally hit the spot for lunch. Make sure to pick a soup that had enough bulk to fill you up – think soups filled with veggies, beans, meat or tofu. Some of my faves: Three bean chili, lentil soup, and hearty white bean soup.

And or course – add in as many veggies and fruits as you want! Carrot sticks always add a great crunch. And, I love to finish off every single meal with an apple – its nature’s toothbrush and helps make your breath a little fresher before you head to your next class.

If you want to learn more about the calories in some popular snacks, check out the cool infographic below:



Source: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


  1. Beu4ever

    I can’t live without chocolate!!!!!!

    • elizabeth

      they are so cute

  2. Sydney Jones

    i like it because I love me some good vegetables and fruits. I think the reason why people don’t like vegetables is because they just eat fast food all the time or somebody fixed them bad vegetables.

  3. Gracie

    Healthy Lunches can be good. It depends on your taste. I agree with Mrs. Obama that we need to eat healthier. If something doesn’t look appealing to me I think of the long run. I hope to live a long life. And honestly after force eating them for 13 years I’ve actually begun to like fruits and veggies. I eat cold lunch because Mrs. Michelle Obama’s plan hasn’t acted upon my school fully. We still have greasy pizza and unhealthy main dishes. But I’m waiting.

    • Gracie

      I still enjoy eating candy. My favorite is Hersheys Milk Chocolate.

  4. Brianna

    This new school lunch thing isn’t helping kids with obesity. They still eat the same foods they did before this. It’s making skinny people even more skinny due to the salads!

  5. Margaret

    Definitely not the next big thing! This healthy school stuff is just going downhill. I mean, that stuff is disgusting! I don’t think it’s healthier at all.

  6. kylie-grace

    I think it is great that we have a healthy lunch because if we din’t have a healthy lunch it would be the same thing over and over and to the people who have PE after launch it would be great because u don’t get sick

    • kylie-grace

      it’s the next big thing!

  7. Jedam16

    I hope yall know that in sc we are starving and if you look in our garbage cans its full of fruit they feed us all year. We will try something new because we eat left overs evreyday. I am tired of change and one change I want to see is no more hairs in my food. 40% of people who eat all of thire food. And then when we got new terrible milk it was expired I hate these changes

    • Brianna

      Tell them!

    • Amjed

      Go tell them jed

  8. spencerb2005

    find out what mr obama has done to babys

  9. spencerb2005

    Next Big Thing ipads for everyone at every school

  10. spencerb2005

    maggi and tom u guys r amazing at working on channel one news

  11. Josh

    It’s nice to try to get kids to eat healthy. But, if they don’t like the foods then they won’t eat them. Then we’re not eating at all and so we’re starving by seventh period!

  12. jake

    Ya i know it is like the next big thing Mrs.Obama is right

  13. nancy

    I have seen some changes in my school lunch but actually it’s the same they have been serving the food that actually tastes ok but sometimes they do give the nasty food. Even though I usually take my lunch I sometimes eat there when we forget to go grocery shopping or some. And I think it’s cool that,at my school, the lunch is free but I don’t like the idea of pay plan or something like that I don’t remember what it’s called, but it’s a thing where you put money online in your account and that’s the only way you can buy chips or anything like that. But I wish they did let us choose what to put in our salads like in the video. They just give us these plates with salad and most of the lettuce is purple and I don’t like that lettuce. Also I don’t get the idea of milk for lunch I mean I get some kids don’t drink milk but why for lunch? Why not orange juice? Or lemonade if they want to be cheap. But other than that it’s cool and I hope those changes are made! Unless the changes that have happened are those……

  14. Emma caskey

    I think the healthy food is ok because we could get Sigurd up and we will get in trouble.

  15. Clay nelson

    This food solution thing is freakin stupid I think its a fib stop this crisis

    • AshleyMorgan

      yes eat away

  16. alexis

    this is the next big thing

  17. alexis

    this is sooooo true


    yes lets eat away

    • mm


      • mm

        you saw the titanic

  19. Spencer

    Michelle Obama’s interview on today’s show was complete and utter lies. The school lunch at my school has by no means gotten any better, or any healthier. In fact, it’s gotten at least twice as worse. My school lunch, on top of not being healthy, has been reduced to disgusting tasting and disgusting LOOKING food. Before she takes position on an interview, regardless of who she is, she should get her facts in order first and find out if her supposed “changes” have actually taken place the way she says they have. The schools shown on today’s show actually had food that looked like food. I only wish I could have that option at my school.

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