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…
(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)
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.
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?