|January 16, 2013||Posted by Carrie under food, mindful eating, What I Ate Wednesday|
Most of you parents out there are quite proficient in lunch packing skills for your kids. But, do you pack a lunch for yourself? Planning an adult packable lunch is my key to getting through the day without getting hangry by the end.
I love that word – hangry: the point where you are so hungry, you turn into a crabby grouch and you feel like you can eat everything in sight and still be hungry.
I think the best plan is to have a staple base for lunch for the week. Often times for me it’s quinoa. I make a batch up on Sunday and then use it to make salads for the week. I use 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, some extra veggies, a little olive oil and seasoning and usually some sunflower seeds or crushed cashews on top. I will also add some beans to the mix as well.
Another easy idea is a nut butter sandwich. Since I started making my own almond butter, that’s my go to nut butter of choice. I’ve also become a huge fan of blackberry preserves. Made on a sandwich thin, and paired with a piece of fruit, this easy lunch will get you 11 g of protein for under 400 calories.
When I’m in a rush, I’ve got a few pantry stand bys. I picked up this yummy lunch option at Costco a while back. There are two varieties inside. They are both yummy – full of healthy things, not too many artificial ingredients and they include a little piece of dark chocolate for dessert.
If I’m even shorter on prep time, this bag of broccoli slaw is the perfect mix in to my quinoa and nuts. I got it at Smart & Final for $1.99 and it lasts for a whole week. Packable lunches are healthy and save boatloads of money!
If those ideas aren’t enough – check out a few of my blogger friends that have also put together packable food ideas.
Charissa at Colourful Palate shares her ideas on packable snacks for a busy student. I think there are ideas in this one for everyone.
Tamara from FitKnitChick blogged about ideas for emergency snacks that require no refrigeration. Take note of these ideas and keep them handy in your desk at work.
Laura from MommyRunFast put together a great post about school lunch ideas for your young child. I don’t know about you, but eating these foods as an adult is pretty fun too.
Coco at Running With Perseverence shared her Formula for Lunchtime Success. A routine that we can all get into – using up dinner leftovers and even managing to eat healthy when offered gloppy pasta at a business meeting.
For a different perspective, read this wonderful guest post on Alexandra and Kim’s blog Fun and Fit. Their nephew, a high school student, writes about how he plans for lunches.
Jill at Fitness, Health and Happiness is my go to source for Salad in a Jar. How could you not enjoy packing and eating such a beautiful lunch? And the meal in a jar isn’t just for salad – see the top row? That’s Lasagna in a jar. Cool!!! Also, check out The Fit Fork for another lunch in a jar recipe.
Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean has a fantastic list of 50 Packable Lunch Ideas. I know many of these are going into my lunch rotation.
Here’s another pro at planning healthy packable lunches – Carlyn at Just Keep Sweating. Seriously – so many great ideas.
My friend Elle at Eat, Run, Sail and We Can Begin to Feed had some more great ideas for packable snacks. See how she avoids getting hangry.
(From Eat, Run, Sail)
And finally, Laura at Sprint to the Table shared her plan for eating on the road while preparing for a fitness competition. Talk about complicated – packing healthy food that has the proper nutrition and needs to be consumed on a strict schedule. Lots of good information and creative ideas here.
And because it’s Wednesday and we’ve all got to eat lunch, I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for WIAW! Go check out all the amazingly yummy blogs that are linked up.
Do you pack your lunch? Do you mind repeating meals several days each week? Or do you like a lot of variety?