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).