I've been doing work full-time in-house at a local ad agency, and this means packing lunches. People still [yes, still!] ask me what I eat. So partly to answer their question, I thought it would be fun to document a week's worth of lunches for you. This may be more food than you think a woman my size would consume, but that particular week, I also ran 40 miles; all that exercise makes a girl extra-hungry. Obviously, packing your own lunch saves you loads of money and gives you more control over what you are putting into your body.
Monday [pictured above and below]: Vanilla soy yogurt, a Key Lime Lärabar, improvised quinoa-kale pilaf, organic apple and tangerine. I know that Lärabars are not exactly frugal, but around 2pm each day, I found myself heading for pretzels or animal crackers at the vending machine – not healthy! Lärabars and other similar fun-but-healthy snacks cost roughly the same, but they fill me up and are more nutrient-dense and natural. I watch for sales; Target usually has good deals on Lärabars and Luna Bars.
|Close up of my improvised quinoa-kale pilaf. The pink hue comes from dried cranberries.|
Wednesday [below]: More leftover pilaf, baby carrots/radishes and hummus, a Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Luna Bar, an apple and a tangerine.
Thursday [below]: Pretty spartan today: I was in a rush to get out the door and this was the best I could do. Tossed salad, Peanut-Butter Chocolate Lärabar, banana and two clementines.
Friday [below]: You have to treat yourself once in awhile. My friend Deb and I noshed at Su Xing House. They offer a tremendous lunch special: soup. a side and an entree for about $7, plus plenty of jasmine tea to wash it down. They also serve brown rice, which we both prefer.
These are just snapshots from one particular week. My lunches also typically contain leftovers from the previous night's dinner, soups, nut butter and jelly sandwiches, gargantuan salads with chickpeas, artichoke hearts and peppers, etc.
What's in your typical lunch bag?