I currently work as a dietitian out of the house four days per week. I pack my lunch every single day along with breakfast and snacks. I like to eat all through the day and do lots of small, frequent meals. As I type this post up, I am snacking on some cantaloupe!
I do have a “formula” that I use when it comes to packing my lunches which makes it easier for me to think about what to pack.
I am so not a creature of habit when it comes to lunch and always pack a huge variety of foods. I love variety and get bored with food easily so pretty much, no two days look the same. I do have a “formula” that I use when it comes to packing my lunches which makes it easier for me to think about what to pack.
Here is my formula of what I pack for work everyday:
For breakfast, 90% of the time at work, I have oatmeal. This is mix of 1/2 cup oats, chia seeds and flax seeds topped with nut butter. For a snack, this varies a lot. Sometimes I have a Greek yogurt, a homemade treat that I made such as granola bars, energy balls or protein bars or something else.
For my fruits and veggies, I vary this a lot depending on what is on sale or what is in season. A lot of times, I chop up carrots for my veggie since I do not get bored of these too much. Other favorites include cucumbers, green beans, pea pods and bell peppers. I love any kind of fruit including apples, pears, berries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, etc.
The biggest variance is what I bring to work for an entrée. I am not too big of a sandwich person so my husband and I usually make extra food on the weekend to eat for lunches during the week. I love soup for lunch (such as my Cheeseburger Soup or 20 Minute Hearty Vegetable Soup) because it is easy to reheat. I also love pasta, grilled chicken, big salads (such as Fattoush Salad), bean/grain/veggie salads and more. Anything is game for lunch!
I am also blessed to work within a kitchen that the chef makes excellent food. Sometimes, I will eat his homemade soup of the day or something that he makes me like chicken piccatta or chicken parmesan. Sometimes, if my work has a party or something, I have pizza and chicken wings. It is all about balance and moderation!