Ahh lunch time.  Possibly my least favorite time of day as well as my least favorite meal of the day.  I feel like in our culture it is the norm to eat soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch.  I’m not sure if it’s because they’re easiest to pack or because we suck as a lunch consuming society (jokingggg) but like I am so bored of salads and I fricken hate sandwiches.  A sandwich guys- generally two extra large slabs of bread smothered in fatty spreads and processed meats.  Sure- I have found and eaten plenty of delicious sandwiches on a fresh baguette with vegetables and real meat but they cost a fortune and honestly – keep me extra full for an hour and then starving way before dinner. 

Don’t even get me started with typical lunch snacks.  I mean cheese sticks, chips and apple sauce– is that the BEST we can do guys? 

Point being- typical lunches are carb centric, overly processed, underly inspired crap.

So, for lunch- I like to steer away from basic “lunch foods” and snacks. If you know me- you know I am a huge nerd and am obsessed with my Bento box lunch box.  It always makes packing my lunch so much more enjoyable.  But yeah, even if you don’t have one of these- get out your brown bag and put something exciting into it.  Make your lunch delish.

Whats for dinner? If you’re making dinner for you and your family- make a little extra and pack it for lunch.  Roasted vegetables, roared potatoes, chicken breast, salmon, homemade chili.  All of these things pack well and reheat well for lunch.  

Proteins: If you are not packing left over dinners make sure to pack yourself (or your kids, or hubby) some clean, lean proteins.  Hard boiled eggs are literally the easiest thing ever to pack.  Also, frozen precooked shrimp, hummus, smoked salmon or chicken.

Always add fresh fruit: Whether you throw an apple in your bag or cut up some berries- fruit is going to keep you fuller longer.  And it makes the perfect dessert.

Carbs? Sure! As I said, a giant sub roll isn’t ideal but I always add left over potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta or rice.  My best tip here is DO NOT MAKE YOUR LUNCH CARB CENTRIC! Definitely add the carbs as a side though – it just doesn’t need to be the Kim Kardashian of the meal.

Veg it up. Love me my avocados.  You guys know that by now right?  Or just add any fresh or cooked vegetables to your meal.  You don’t necessarily need to have a  big salad to lunch to eat veggies. 

Below are a couple lunches that I packed this week.

What do you pack for lunch?  What about for your kiddos (if applicable).

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11 Thoughts on “Why I HATE “Lunch Food”

  1. I definitely prefer leftovers for lunch! At home I will fix an egg sandwich, but I rarely eat sandwiches otherwise, unless I have a catered lunch meeting.

  2. Thank you for this! I agree, Lunch food can become o mundane. I want to get Bento boxes for the toddler and I so lunch can be more enjoyable.

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  3. I work from home so I’m lucky enough to have access to my kitchen in the middle of the day. I generally eat leftovers from dinner the night before. This is usually a good thing, but I’m trying to focus more on eating healthier and not just whatever is quick. So I’ll be bearing your lunch advice in mind.

  4. Your bento boxes are adorable. I need to try these out!

  5. Great tips! We always go with what is easy and familiar. Just need to break the habit for a new easy and familiar that is healthy!

  6. I really don’t like typical lunches either. Soup is okay and I finally found a multigrain bread my whole family likes! For the school lunches they prefer leftovers or wraps with fancy spreads and fresh veggies.

  7. I want one of those lunch boxes now:) I always have leftovers for lunch every day. I make sure and add an extra serving when I make dinner and use it for lunch the next day. My family is a clean eating family and your meals look delicious 🙂

  8. We are a big left overs for lunch family.

  9. I like eating leftovers and hardly ever make myself a sandwich. I love the meal choices you put together–avocados are my favorite! yummy!

  10. You hit it! Most lunches are carb centric! Thanks for the tips! And Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It Link party! Hope to see you next week! 🙂

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