When I used to work 9-6 at Diet.com, packing a lunch in the morning and getting to work on time was always a rushed process. Rarely did I bring enough food or adequately prepare the night before. Now that I work occasionally in a shared office space, bringing my lunch again has become a challenge.
Today I brought my lunch using an easy lunchbox. I packed a salad on the left side that included greens, 3 oz grilled chicken, 2 tbsp quinoa, sun dried tomatoes, onion and balsamic glaze. Last night, I cooked the quinoa and chicken. For snacks, I also included a mini Larabar and carrots with 2 tablespoons of Buffalo Style hummus from Sabra for a snack.
Over the years blogging, I’ve shared some of my other favorite lunches that are easy to pack.
When making a sandwich or wrap, one trick is to use sprouts as a veggie filling for volume and flavor. There is no peeling or dicing involved making it a quick option.
Always bring a snack. Healthy snacks are probably the hardest to find when you are in pinch. Almonds, carrots and hummus (they have to-go containers now), fruit, bags of PopChips if you want salty and single serving shake packets are my go-to packable items.
Here are few other suggestions:
We all know why we should bring our lunches to school or work, to save money and calories. However, I never have the motivation to do it at night and in the morning, it seems largely time consuming. Do you pack the night before or in the morning?
I have the same problem, so I try to pack/cook my lunch and snacks, even my breakfast the night before. I work 7am-4pm so morning are rushed. I love your lunch suggestions. Thanks so much!!
Bringing a lunch really is SO much cheaper! I make all my lunches on Sunday, so I don’t even have to worry about it the night before! Yeah, gets a little boring by Friday, but that just makes me eager to get back in the kitchen and be creative on the weekends. Bringing snacks is definitely key! Office options are either nonexistent or so bad for you (vending machines…).
I alway bring my lunch to work. I try to pack my lunch the night before but sometimes get stuck throwing things together quickly. I also keep a few things at work so that I don’t have to fret as much. I have a jar of peanut butter, almonds and a few granola bars stashed at my desk 🙂 Helps for those super rushed mornings!
Cute pic of you Sarah! I like the angle the pic is taken. Your eyes look bright and you have a cute smile the way the pic is taken.
Where do you find those mini Larabars?!