So what exactly is the concept behind this post? Allow me to give you a small synopsis:
It’s 6:00am and your alarm goes off. You hit snooze one too many times, scramble to get dressed, grab your coffee, throw a frozen meal or some crummy leftovers in your bag and head off to work/school frazzled. Lunch time rolls around and you sigh, becoming even more hungry than normal knowing you have an unlovable lunch. The rest of your day rolls by as slow as molasses accompanied with a growling stomach.
Are you with me yet? Lunch is important. Lunch deserves to be loved! That is where Marisa & I come into play to help you recreate your lunch so that you LOVE it. Each Tuesday we will be sharing a lunch recipe, lunch tips, or anything lunch related in order to motivate you to love your lunch as much as we do!
For my first installment, I am sharing my basic tips and a recipe-free yummy lunch.
The secret ingredient to loving your lunch is planning ahead. If you plan your week’s menu on Sunday, be sure to include what you will be having for lunch each day. The night before make your meal, place it in the fridge all in one spot, and be sure to write yourself a reminder to grab it in the morning.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking leftovers for lunch – I actually think it is a great idea. However, most of the time I usually make just the right amount for Bryan and me (sometimes Chase) the night before. It isn’t too often that I will have sustainable leftovers.
In my opinion, it is very important to pack a lunch that contains a wide variety of food groups. One of my favorite types of lunches are ones that resemble a Bento box. A small tasting of things to get me through the rest of my day. Ideally, it will contain a protein, veggie, fruit and some kind of snack.
So for my first Love Your Lunch post, I am sharing my go-to, satisfying Bento Box lunch:
A Hard boiled egg (yum protein!), strawberries, a clementine, a small baggie of pretzels, and sliced cucumbers. It may not seem like much, but that is because on these days I will have a morning & afternoon snack. Between arriving to work and lunch, I will have a Greek yogurt. Then a few hours after lunch (if I am hungry) I will something else (nuts, fruit/veggie/tea).
I adapted this type of eating when I was doing the clean eating/detox in order to eat 6 small meals each day. It never left me starving, resulting in overeating. I strongly recommend it, especially for those who sit all day like me WOMP. The last thing I want is to eat a burger and fries at work and feel miserable the rest of the day.
On Sunday, boil a bunch of eggs to take as lunches, snacks, or a quick breakfast on the go. Slice up whatever vegetable you fancy the night before and put everything into a tupperware container. I find that by preparing my fruits and vegetables for the week, it makes lunch (and dinner) preparation much faster. So for a Bento Box style lunch, all you need to do is pick what sounds good for the next day!
So there you have it friends, my take on the Bento Box, a small light lunch. It doesn’t require a lot of work & it will satisfy your lunchtime hunger, but not bog you down with too many carbs or fats. Another piece of motivation for packing your lunch is to buy a cute little lunch bag – check out Home Goods they have cute ones for $10.00!
Be sure to check out what Cooking Like Lou is bringing to you in order to Love Your Lunch just that much more!