How I make lunch packing quick, cheap, and exciting

About a few months ago I had the idea to start up a lunch making service. I thought I could create a “menu” of a few different options, charge enough to cover the cost of my ingredients (and enough to make some profit), and show people that eating vegetables, whole grains and “out-of-the-box” protein sources is fun and delicious.
 
I know a lot of people HATE making their lunch for work/school, so why not put my love of organization and veggie chopping to good use?
 

Unfortunately, my current schedule doesn’t exactly permit me to take on such an undertaking (working 40 hours/week plus being in school 10+ hours a week isn’t exactly ideal for a lunch making service…).

So… even though my business venture isn’t exactly attainable right now, I still love packing myself healthy and fun lunches, and I still have the desire to show people how delicious vegetables are and how easy it can be to incorporate them into daily life.

I mean, food is an important part of life. We eat at least 3x a day. Why not make meals as exciting (and nutrient-packed) as possible (even when they are in Tupperware containers)?

lunch and dinner packed for today

Since I feel like the issue with lunch packing is less about what to do, and is more about how to do it, I thought I could share a few tricks and habits I have developed over the last couple years that allow me to pack healthy, quick and delicious lunches for myself on a daily basis.

I truly believe it is possible to be busy and make time for your health and well being as well.

One thing I try to do on Sundays is prep lunch/dinner ingredients to use through out the week. It literally saves so much time and makes meal packing so much easier.  Yesterday, for example, I had about 30 minutes of time to spare, so I prepped a lot of things for the week to make meal packing a little easier:

1. I made some grains for fast lunch/dinner making

quinoa and whole grain pasta

 This is something I try to do every Sunday, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to save some time during the week. It is such an easy way to create a variety of quick and healthy meals without waiting for anything to cook (or relying on packaged bread or wraps).

There are so different many grains to try out. They also store pretty well and are easy to prep. Some of my favorites (with cook times):

  1. Quinoa (20 minute approx.)
  2. Brown Rice (ranges depending on the type… I personally like the quick cooking kind which takes 10-15 minutes)
  3. Barley (30-45 min)
  4. Whole grain pasta (15 minutes)… I love to make make-shift “pasta salads” 

2. I prepped my protein sources (beans, tofu)

One thing I try to keep in mind when meal planning is incorporating good protein sources into my meals. I know opening and rinsing a can of beans doesn’t seem that difficult, but for some reason, I hate having to do it when packing my lunch. By rinsing a few cans at once, I have now have 2 different protein sources waiting for me to use. When it comes to quick meal packing, the more convenient, the better.

I also pressed a block of tofu with my tofu press while I opened the beans. I LOVE my tofu press. It makes tofu-making so  convenient. I used to avoid making it because of the the whole paper towel/dish towel/book stacking process (which isn’t so bad, it just takes a bit more effort)… this makes it SO easy.

Other easy protein sources I like to use:

  1. Any type of canned bean (kidney, black, white, chickpea)
  2. Edamame (perfect for “Asian” inspired meals… I buy prepackaged, individually-sized bags at the grocery store that are located in the freezer section).
  3. Canned tuna and canned salmon
  4. Tempeh/Tofu
  5. Veggie burgers

1. I premade trail mixes

dried fruit, mini chocolate chips

almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios

 This is the first time I ever took the time to pre-make some mixes, and it literally took 5 minutes. I don’t know why I don’t do this more often. Packing snacks is something I rarely think to do ahead of time, which usually leads to me eating a lot of granola bars and almonds as a snack, or spending a few minutes every day putting some “fun” mixes together.
 

While I don’t mind packing snacks everyday, doing it all at once was pretty simple, and it was actually pretty fun to mix and match my different “ingredients.” I even rediscovered  some things I forgot I owned (pistachios and dried mango!). I love that I have a variety of mixes waiting for me to grab. This is such an easy (and cost effective!) way to ensure you have a fun, healthy, filling snack available when hunger stikes.  

So, I guess the first step of healthy/fun lunch making is all about the prep work. It might not be the most “fun” thing to do, but I promise it is worth it when you have something delicious to eat everyday (that took almost no time to prepare). I also have some tips on making food “pretty” (you eat with your eyes first!), but I think I am going to save that for another day….  
 
I hope you have a great Monday!
 
Do you pack your lunch for school/work? How important is it for you to pack healthy/delicious meals? Any barriers to doing this?
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Things I’m Loving Right Now (Take 2)

In case you missed my first installment: Things I’m Loving Right Now (Part 1)

1.Clif Mojo bars (Mountain Mix flavor)

I usually don’t eat a lot of granola bars, but given my busier schedule these days, they have become quite a convenient snack. I was just talking about how much I enjoy the sweet/salty combo… and this flavor is the PERFECT mix. so.good.

  • salty = peanuts, almonds pretzels
  • sweet = raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips

2. Belting out Taylor in the car

Since starting night classes, I have a 20-30 minute commute to and from school every week, 3x a week (sometimes longer with traffic). I thought I would hate these drives, but I have actually been enjoying the extra thinking time and more so, the ability to belt out some Taylor Swift and dance like a complete  idiot in my car (thank god its dark outside when I drive home….). I have been especially liking Mean, Ours, and Mine (if you were curious).

3. My new Pilot G2 07 pens

I recently got an assorted pack of these pens and I love them. They make me want to write things down and take notes, and I swear they make me write neater. They are slightly gelly (I think I just made that word up?), but don’t bleed/smear like other gel-type pens I’ve tried. I hope I don’t sound like a loser for getting so excited over pens… but I can’t help it. When you do a lot of writing every day, a good pen is completely necessary.

4. Bethenny is getting her own talk show!

This is not exactly a “thing” I’ve been loving, but I had to share this. I just heard about it on Tuesday (from Twitter… which I am very new at and very confused about, by the way), and I am so excited. I am a HUGE Bethenny fan. I find her very inspiring and motivating, and I love how blunt/real she is. I also love Skinnygirl Margaritas, Bethenny Ever After, and I am a big supporter of Bethenny’s views on health/fitness/wellness in general (her book Naturally Thin is actually what initially got me interested in living a more healthy/balanced lifestyle).

I know a lot of people hate on Bethenny, but I am a big supporter and will always be a  fan.

I hear her show will be on FOX this summer and I.am.so.excited…. anyone else a Bethenny fan?

5. Kale

Well, I usually always am a big kale fan, but I recently bought it at the grocery store and have been enjoying it in many  lunches and dinners this past week. I have been loving it raw in salads and sandwiches, as well as steamed/sautéed in various stir-frys. Not only is it super cheap (I think its  .99 cents/lb. at my local grocery store which can get you A LOT of kale and, it’s SO light!), but it is so good for you! I always love it when foods that are good (as in delicious) are also good for me. It’s a win-win.

If you’ve never had it, I recommend making kale chips (tear the kale into pieces and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes (approx.), flipping once). They are really addicting and especially good with ketchup.

Anything you’ve been loving recently?

Life Lessons from Temple Grandin

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see Temple Grandin speak.

Temple has her Ph.D.  in animal science,  is known as an expert in the cattle and livestock industry, is a professor at Colorado State University, and is a well-respected author. Temple Grandin also has autism.

A HBO movie was also recently made about her/her life (2010). They showed a clip during her presentation so it is definitely an accurate depiction...

It was SO COOL to hear  Dr. Grandin’s presentation (I work in autism research and my boss was able to get us admittance into the program). While  her discussion focused solely on autism (her experiences, how she views it, services she supports…), I found that many of her tips and experiences could be applicable to other situations as well.

Some of Temple’s statements that stuck out to me:

1. There are so many different types of thinkers/learners out there and it is ridiculous to think that everyone will learn the same way.

  • A person who thinks visually might not be able to do algebra very well (but will be able to design buildings flawlessly).
  • A person who thinks in a factual way will be able to list all the events of WWII without a problem, but most likely will not be able to draw very well or comprehend abstract principles.

We need to recognize these differences and realize that it is not that these individuals are less capable. They may just need to learn things in less “typical” ways.

2. If you need to learn a skill that you don’t want to or have trouble doing a specific task (e.g., engaging in social situations, talking in front of large groups of people, etc.), align that skill with a goal that you want to accomplish.

  • For example, if your dream is to be a software engineer at Google, you have to be able to communicate with others effectively and hold a conversation. You need to be able to:
  1. learn to talk to people ( in order to)
  2.  reach your career goal

 3. It is OK to cry!

  • Temple discussed that as a child, she didn’t understand how to express her emotions or how to change them. She said she used to take out her frustrations through aggression (she described throwing a book at a teacher) , but she later learned to replace her aggression with a different act: crying (since crying was more socially acceptable and didn’t cause any harm).
  • She said she still HATED high school, but learned how to effectively get through it.

4. Use your interests to expand your knowledge base

  • A lot of children on the autism spectrum tend to fixate on certain things or have specific interests (e.g., trains, cars, horses, history).
  • Instead of letting the child fixate and not move forward, Temple advised educators/parents to use those interests to  stretch the child’s mind…. If they like to draw horses, have them draw where they are riding to, what they are eating, etc. Have a child learn math by counting horses…

Temple brought up so many interesting points and really helped the audience understand how a person with autism may think or feel differently.

Even though this talk focused on the autism spectrum, I think many of Temple’s words and points are applicable to anyone. We all have struggles and are self-conscious about something. No one is perfect.

Some of  points I took away from the presentation (and those I felt could be generalizable):

  • Use your skills/interests to your advantage.  You have talents/thoughts/interests that are uniquely you…. USE THEM!

When Temple was asked whether she wished she could “take away” her autism, she replied, “No. I like the way I think, and I like the way I am. I think in a way that no one else can. I would never want to lose that.”

I LOVED this statement. I think we could all learn a little something from Dr. Grandin.

  • It’s OK to not be perfect at everything (but to realize that some skills are necessary to get you further in life)

Temple described how she learned to express emotions more effectively and learned to behave in a more social manner in order to get through school into the workforce (even though both of these skills so not come easily to her) .

I sometimes stress that I don’t like science enough to go into a science-related field, or that I am too introverted to work with people, but  I need to remind myself that it is OK to not be the best at everything.  Not every task will be enjoyable or come easy to me. It is OK to be a “work in progress” or work on tasks for a bigger purpose.

  • We are bound to get annoyed/frustrated/overwhelmed. We have a choice, however, on how we choose to react.

It is inevitable that this happens. We can’t be happy all the time. I think the power of choice is an important point to remember…

This presentation was so informative and inspiring. I loved how knowledgable Dr. Grandin was and how she was able to give the audience a perspective of autism that so few can do on such a large-scale. I feel really lucky that my job  gave me this opportunity. She inspired me to really use my “special skills” to my advantage…. I love listening to passionate/inspiring people.

Has anything inspired you recently?

WIAW (January 25, 2012)

So normally, I would be posting my  packed meals for the day (I have a long day of work and school today), but I have been reading blogs for a pretty lengthy amount of time – about 2.5 years(?) – so I thought I’d participate in a trend I have seen time and time again (and always thought I’d participate in if I ever started my own blog)…. What I Ate Wednesday!

(these are actually my meals/snacks from Tuesday. I figured it would be more exciting since I didn’t have school and my meals are more “normal” – also everything won’t be in tin foil and tupperware…)

Breakfast

6:00 am

I have been really into the “yogurt bowls” recently. For breakfast I had plain greek yogurt (sweetened with a little stevia), with a raw oat/cereal mixture,1/2 banana, strawberries, a sprinkling of both flax and raisins, and peanut butter about 1 tbsp?). This breakfast is always so good. I love have everything in its own section and picking what to eat for each bite.

Snack 1

9:30 am

For my mid-morning snack I had a cereal/nut/dried fruit mixture that included apricots, raisins, Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal, walnuts, almonds, and cashews. I love having mixtures like these to pick at while I work through the morning.

Lunch

12:15 pm

For lunch I had a big salad with kale/spinach, carrots, peppers, chickpeas and quinoa. I had a spicy hummus dressing on top (that I made with hummus, apple cider vinegar, a little water, and a little sriacha) and also ate a Pink Lady apple.

Snack 2

3:00 pm

As a afternoon snack I had a Clif Z bar in the Honey Graham flavor (my second choice of flavor now that I have discovered Iced Oatmeal Raisin Cookie).

Dinner

6:00 pm

For dinner I made myself a stir fry of bok choy (just bought this for the first time this week and I am a big fan), celery, peppers, mushrooms and snap peas. I sautéed everything with salt, pepper and a little dried ginger. I topped it off with some crispy tofu (sprayed pan, let cubed tofu cook 5 minutes each side – a trick I learned here  – then mixed in some teriakyi sauce), gomasio ( a really good sesame seed replacement), and mixed in some quinoa on the side.

Snack 3/Dessert

I forgot to photograph this one (remembering to do this is HARD), but I had some chopped strawberries with chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of some granola on top.

So that concludes my meals for WIAW. Thank you Peas and Crayons for letting me participate!

Did you eat anything delicious yesterday/plan to eat anything delicious today?

 I hope your have a great Wednesday!

Post-Run Beer?

I just came across an article posted on the Runner’s World website entitled, “7 Tasty Post-Run Beers.” While I usually don’t drink beer following a run (maybe I should start?), they did feature some delicious sounding beers that I have never heard of.

I know I have seen Tina and Theodora drink beer after long runs, and I did a 5k over the summer that had beer and champagne as one of the “water stations” (which was pretty fun), but since I tend to run only about 3-5 miles at a time, I think I will keep my beer drinking as a happy hour/weekend activity. If I did more long runs/training runs, I think I definitely would be a pro post-run beer drinker.  Any runners out there that are a fan of the post-run beer?

(The website also linked to another article that talks more in-depth about running and beer.. if  you’re interested.)

I have previously posted about my love of beer (and how I tend to classify it/order it), so I thought I’d list some of the featured types that I would like to try. Anyone ever heard of these?

(found through Runner’s World)

Harpoon Munich Dark

They describe this particular beer as balanced and not too heavy  with tastes of both coffee and molasses. It is made with dark grains that have similar antioxidants powers as red wine!

Stone Ruination IPA

This one is from Southern California and is described as one of the world’s hoppiest beers. I am a new hoppy beer lover, so I would love to try this out!

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog

They describe this beer as having a slightly sweet taste, thicker body, with tastes of  coffee,  cocoa and caramel. This microbrewery also supposedly sponsors a “Will Run for Beer” race series, which sounds pretty cool to me.

This is not a productive activity to be doing on a Tuesday afternoon.  Now I just want to go to Happy Hour, or maybe a long run…?

Anyone try a new beer recently and like to share? Any other post-run/workout activities you engage in?

 

Sweet + Salty Combinations

Hi everyone!

So when I packed my meals for school last Friday, I mentioned that I made myself a goat cheese and jelly sandwich for dinner. I just wanted to share that it was so good! I am thinking it was because:

  • I am a big fan of the sweet/salty combination
  •  It reminded me a lot of my favorite childhood breakfast (cream cheese and jelly on a plain bagel…try it if you never have. so good.).

Since I know I am a big fan of the particular combo of salty/savory + sweet (I love sea salt caramels and sea salt chocolate bars, trail mixes…), I started to brainstorm  more salty/sweet sandwich combinations.

So far I have thought of…

“salty” additions

  • cheese (goat, cream cheese, cheddar, provolone, etc.)
  • tempeh
  • beans
  • peanut butter/almond butter (?)

“sweet” additions

  • jelly
  • fresh fruit
  • honey/agave

Which led me to brainstorm these sandwich ideas:

  • goat cheese and jelly (cream cheese and jelly, etc.)….
  • tempeh/cheese and jelly (I’ve seen this combo on Kath and Meghann‘s blogs before but never tried it myself)
  • goat cheese, honey and strawberries (I may or may not be trying this out this week…)

annnd that’s all I’ve got so far. I know there has to be other options than  the “protein+ jelly” combo, but so far I’ve got nothing.   Beans would be an easy “salty” sandwich addition, but for some reason no “sweet” ingredient seems very fitting (beans + jelly? No thanks). Anyone have any ideas/suggestions?

Anyway, moving on to the food for the day (Meal packing day 3):

Lunch

For lunch I packed a spinach salad topped with carrots, zucchini, brown rice and a baked tofu/sweet potato/green bean mixture that my sister’s boyfriend brought over to our apartment (he is a pretty good cook, and I get to reap the benefits by getting to eat some of the food he brings my sister). I packed some balsamic vinegar to top it off and also plan to have a granny smith apple.

Breakdown:

1. brown rice (grain)

2. tofu (protein)

3. Spinach, carrots, zucchini, green beans, sweet potato (veggies)

Dinner

For dinner I have an “Italian-themed” sandwich that  includes meatless meatballs (from Trader Joes), hummus and spinach with some basil and oregano sprinkled on top. Kind of like a spin on a meatball sandwich/sub I suppose?

On the side I packed some veggies (peppers, carrots, celery) and a few clementines, which are not that great. I bought  “Cuties” at the store the other week and loved them, but my most recent Costco ones just don’t compare. Why are the “Cuties” better (anyone know what I am talking about)? It must be the cheesy commercials that win me over.

Breakdown:

1. whole grain bread (grains)

2. meatless meatballs, hummus (protein)

3. spinach, peppers, carrots, celery (veggies)

Snacks

My snacks of the day include

  • a trail mix that includes: cashews, apricots and Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal (this cereal used to be my favorite study snack in college, but I haven’t had it in so long)
  • an Iced Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Clif Z Bar –If you haven’t tried this flavor yet, DO IT. I just bought an entire box of them at Target yesterday and am pretty excited…
Everything together…

So that concludes my meals for the day! I am excited to try out my sandwich later, so this healthy/exciting meal packing plan is going well so far. Let’s just not take into account that I am excited to eat a sandwich at 8:00 in the morning…

I hope you have a great day!

Do you like the sweet/salty combo? Any sandwich suggestions?


Recipe for a good weekend

1.Delicious food… check

Breakfast on Saturday: yogurt with oatmeal, banana, strawberries and peanut butter

2. A fun outing… check

Jared's lovely work

My sister and I went to an ice festival on Saturday (my sister’s boyfriend, Jared,  is an ice sculptor and does a lot of festivals on the weekends). We showed our support by taking random pictures and trying not to complain about our frozen fingers and toes (which I am pretty sure we failed at… sorry Jared).

Note to self: when you KNOW you will be standing outside in 30 degree weather for 2 hours, wear warm socks.

3. A good workout(s)…check

I took a BodyAttack class this morning. A new release comes out next week… so excited!

4.Eating at a new/fun/delicious restaurant…. check

I went out to dinner at Church Brew Works with this guy last night….

Jon making his debut on the blog...

Drank some of this…
 and ate some delicious food…

Crispy polenta with zucchini, mushrooms, and roasted tomatoes in a goat cheese truffle sauce

So it was a fun and delicious dining experience.
5. A fun outing/night with friends with fun drinks…. check

Mad Mex margarita... always delicious

I went to Mad Mex (one of my favorite Mexican restaurants) last night with Jon, my sister, Sami, and her boyfriend, Jared. We met up with a few friends later in the night,(Hi Erin, Erin, and Allison!) so it was a successful/fun night. Plus, you can never go wrong with margaritas…

6.Productivity… (in progress)

I love when I am productive over the weekend (usually on Sundays) and feel ready to tackle the upcoming week.

So far I have gone grocery shopping,  but I plan to finish a lab report, read in my Bio book, organize my room and do my laundry today as well …. so I will be productive, later.

On that note, I better go work on #6…

I hope you are having a great Sunday/weekend!

What is your “recipe” for a good weekend?

Lunch packing day 2

Happy Friday! Anyone else excited for the weekend?

Although this week was only 4 days, it has felt so long! I am definitely excited to have a couple of days off. This snow that seems to be happening better stop though. I have come to the conclusion that snow is no longer fun when you join the “real world.” All the anticipation and hoping for the school announcement of a snow day is gone (I used to love when my mom would come in my room and tell me to turn my alarm off..). Now it is just an inconvenience  (it might also not help that I am NOT a fan of cold weather… annnd my negativity is probably stemming from the fact that my fingers are all numb from getting the ice off my car). 

Anyway, moving on….

 Before my weekend begins I must first:

1. Get through the work day

2. Go to my first chemistry class…

So with another day of class comes another day of meal packing!  I actually got  lucky today because I am going to a training session for work at noon and lunch is provided.  That means one less meal to pack….

So  meal prep for today was a little easier since I only had to have dinner and snacks prepared:

Dinner:

For dinner tonight, I packed myself a goat cheese, jelly, and spinach sandwich. Typing that out makes it sound a little weird, but I am a big fan of salty/sweet so I think it should be rather delicious. I also packed some veggies on the side (carrots, snap peas, celery) and an apple.

(1) whole wheat bread (grains)

(2) goat cheese (protein)

(3) spinach, carrots, snap peas, celery (veggies)

Snacks:

My snacks options of the day:

  • cashew cookie larabar
  • some clementines
  • a trail mix combo I made

I usually go in snack “phases,” and right now I am definitely in a trail mix phase. It is fun, yet filling (the combination of nuts and dried fruit always keeps me full for a while), and I love mixing and matching ingredients.

It is probably one of my favorite snacks, and I am a big fan of making my own. I like to keep a bunch of different types dried fruit and nuts at my apartment, as well as a few different cereal options(I typically buy HUGE bags of almonds, walnuts and pecans at Costco and get my dried fruit from Trader Joes).  Pre-made trail mix tends to be pretty expensive,  but making them yourself is fun and cheap. Plus, you can switch up the combination whenever you want!  This combo has:

  • banana chips
  • dried apricots
  • golden raisins
  • walnuts
  • almonds
  • Cheerios

So that concludes my meal packing for the day. Still going strong!

I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Anyone pack anything exciting to eat today?

Recipes I want to make…

I have been eyeing up a lot of recipes recently and thought I’d share a few that I plan on making/trying out….

Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips –  I pretty much want to make everything Angela makes….

Chickpea Hummus Burgers – I am a big fan of chickpeas and hummus and am always looking for new bean burger ideas (I have made  quite a few types of black bean burgers ). I’ve never attempted any other type of bean before…

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower – I LOVE roasted veggies annnd spicy food

Sesame Crusted Tofu – I just got a tofu press, so I’ve been eyeing up a lot of tofu recipes to give me an excuse to use it. I saw this recipe on Sweet Tater a few weeks ago and actually bought some gomasio (a japanese dry ingredient made with sea salt, sesame seeds and seaweed) after seeing this recipe. I have no excuse not to try it out.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas – These look super simple and Anne mentioned that her meat-eating fiance was a big fan (I am on a mission to cook vegetarian meals that  my boyfriend, who is also big meat-eater, will like), so I will definitely be testing these out.

Any recipes you have been eyeing up/interested in making? (feel free to link!) I’m always looking for new ideas!

First day of school

So today is officially my first day of school (I am starting night classes for prereqs to get into grad school). Is it weird that I am kind of excited? I always did enjoy being a student (I love getting new school supplies, taking notes, organizing…), and I love to be busy/productive, so maybe it is fitting after all (ask me about this in a few weeks and I may give you a new answer…)?

So other than the fact that today is my first day, it is also the start of my new lunch packing adventure that I previously mentioned. I am going to be on the go a lot more than I am used to, and I am determined to keep my meals and eating habits as healthy and varied as possible. While pb&j and hummus and veggie sandwiches are delicious, I want to make sure I switch it up a bit,  focus on including whole grains, proteins, fruits and veggies in my meals, and make sure meal prep isn’t too time consuming (I will be busy, after all). I want to prove to myself that staying healthy when extremely busy is not only possible, but can be fun/exciting as well.

So moving on to the food for day 1…

Lunch:

For lunch I packed myself a big greek-inspired salad that contains,

(1) brown rice (grain)

(2) chickpeas (protein)

(3) spinach as my base plus cucumbers and carrots (veggies)

I also added some goat cheese (I love goat cheese, but  will pretend its feta to stick with the Greek salad theme…) and will top everything off with some greek salad dressing. I also plan to have an apple on the side (love my daily apple…)

Dinner:For dinner I stuck with an easy pb sandwich, but made it interesting by using Peanut Butter & Co’s “The Heat is On” peanut butter (which is super spicy and really delicious). I also added some spinach and cucumber to the sandwich for some additional green (which might seem odd, but it works with this pb I swear!), and packed some veggies (carrots, snap peas, celery) and a couple clementines on the side.

(1) whole grain bread  (grains)

(2) peanut butter (protein)

(3) veggie bag of sugar snap peas, carrots, celery (veggies)

Snacks

I always like to have snacks on hand, since I never know how my hunger levels will be, and you do not want to be around me when I am hungry. I packed a mixture of almonds, walnuts and raisins as well as a couple of bars to snack on through out the day/night if I need them.

All together:

Everything packed and ready to go...

So that concludes my meal  packing for my first day of school. I must say that it is rather weird for me to be so proactive and have a whole day of food planned (I usually am not a big meal planner – other than for lunches – and tend to just go by how I am feeling/what I am craving). I’m assuming this will just take a little getting used to….

Anyway, I hope you are havely a great morning so far! Anyone else doing something new/exciting today?