Hello, hello! How are you all doing? I hope that your weekend was full of relaxation time with just the right amount of fun :)
If you’ve been reading my blog posts or even Instagram posts you know that I started a new job recently, and with a job comes figuring out what to pack for lunch! I’m hoping to write a post about my job and schedule it for later this week to give you all a little life update too. But anyways, back to the main attraction: lunch food.
So, where I work does have a cafeteria with some good options – they have a salad bar, etc., but I’ve still been trying to pack my lunch each day. Why you ask? 1. It saves me money and 2. I’m less tempted to pick something unhealthy. Can you guys relate to this? If I don’t pack my lunch and have all of these options in front of me I’m more likely to say “Oh, I’m just going to get some French fries, it’s no big deal.” Packing my lunch completely takes this out of the equation – I pack something healthy and that’s what I eat!
I’m totally a creature of habit when it comes to lunch. I’ll make and pack the same thing for about 2-3 weeks until I get sick of it, and then I’ll make something else for 2-3 weeks, and so on. I’m always looking for new healthy, tasty, and satisfying lunch options and I figured I’m not the only one so I thought I’d share what I’ve been packing with all of you!
I’ve been keeping it real simple recently. Let me run you through everything that is in my lunchbox.
I eat breakfast at home so that doesn’t come with me (recently it’s been some oatmeal with cinnamon and a sliced banana) so the first thing that I pack for the day is a morning snack. My snack for the morning has been the same since I started work about four weeks ago – a sliced apple with a packet of Justin’s peanut butter. I slice my apples the night before work and they’re still nice and crisp by the time I eat them the next morning. I love the packets of Justin’s peanut butter because they’re just the right amount and easy to throw in my lunch box!
The apple and peanut butter holds me over until lunch, which I usually eat around 12 or 12:30pm. I’ve also been keeping my lunch super easy and simple too – I buy a bag of Italian salad mix and a bag of spring mix at the grocery store and mix that in a good-sized Tupperware container. I top that with just a little bit of freshly shaved parmesan cheese and chicken that I sauté in EEVO. It’s easy to throw together, delicious, and satisfying. I also love knowing that I got a good amount of my greens in for the day! The dressing I use is Tessamae’s and you can find it at Whole Foods. It’s my favorite brand of dressings by far!
I also pack some Simple Mills cheddar crackers (or the sea salt flavor). For me, I need to have something crunchy in my lunch and these totally do the job. The ingredient list gets an A in my book - simple, few, and GOOD ingredients.
The final thing that goes into my lunch box are some mixed nuts. If hunger strikes in the late afternoon, I’ll munch on those!
And that’s it! I hope that if you were looking for something for lunch this gave you some new ideas :) I’m going to try something new out in the next few weeks, so I’ll make sure to post an update of my lunchbox then!
What do you pack for lunch? I'd love to get some ideas! Let's chat in the comments below :)
*What works for me in terms of snacks and lunch may not work for you. This post is solely meant to give you inspiration or ideas for what to pack for your lunch! In no way am I giving out dietary recommendations, as I am not a Registered Dietitian.