“What healthy foods can I bring to work/school?”
That is one of the most common questions I hear.
The good news is: it’s not hard! If you have some fresh veggies and dip, you’ve made a good start. Add some fruit, a carb, some healthy fats, a protein…. and you’re in business!
One of the easiest sack lunches is leftovers. Make extra of whatever you’ve had for dinner the night before. Stick that in a container and take it into the office. Simple!
Another option is a salad. No, not another boring salad! Think outside the box with toppings. You can easily add items like:
- Roasted veggies (ex: eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, squashes, beets)
- Fruits (ex: blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, grapefruit sections, apples)
- Seeds or nuts (ex: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pepitas, almonds, walnuts)
- Other greens (ex: spinach, sprouts, arugula, shredded cabbage, kale)
- Legumes (ex: black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils)
- Herbs or spices (ex: cilantro, parsley, oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, Chinese 5 spice)
- Proteins (this is where leftovers really help – ex: grilled chicken, tempeh, tofu, lentils, quinoa, veggie burgers)
Dressing your salad is another way to shake things up. A few of my go-tos:
- Use salsa to add some heat (really good with avocado and black beans)
- Thin out hummus with apple cider vinegar (1:1 ratio)
- Leftover pesto (like this beet sunflower pesto pictured below) mixed with a bit of balsamic or water to thin
- Mash an avocado with lemon juice for a creamier dressing
- Fresh lemon/lime/orange juice with a drizzle of olive oil
- This low-fat Spicy Peanut Sauce
Need your carbs?
Bring along a tortilla, pita pocket, or whole grain bread to eat on the side or stuff your salad into. Or have a healthier chip alternative on the side – I’m really digging PopChips and Pirate’s Booty.
Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday this month is in the theme of green. I wasn’t as green as usual… but it was a veggie-laden day for sure!
This morning’s smoothie:
- Flax meal
- Vanilla protein powder
- Ice + water
Post-cleanse my favorite addition is CARBS. Peanut butter is a close second.
I brought my tortilla and the makings of a wrap to work. These get constructed on-site so the tortilla doesn’t get soggy.
In my wrap:
- Broccoli sprouts
- Broccoli and carrot slaw
- Roasted banana squash
- Celery leaves
- These sprouted chickpeas
- This raw sweet potato hummus
See the container in the background? I (once again) over-filled my wrap so half of the fillings were eaten with a fork on the side. 🙂
Yes, I snacked all day. You might even say that I skipped dinner in favor of snacking.
- Carrots, cucumber, and red pepper with raw sweet potato hummus
- Leftover airplane peanuts
- Vegan jerky (Thai Peanut is the BEST!)
This is really 2 snacks eaten 2 hours apart. I had the ice cream first. Duh.
I’m still working on this one (it deserves its own post… and I’ll make one sans spinach so the pics are prettier 🙂 ), but let’s just say it was incredible. The Vitamix continues to be the best purchase I’ve ever made.
Round 2 of dinner was a piece of Ezekiel bread topped with hummus, tomato, cilantro, and a vegan mozzarella cheese slice (which tasted nothing like mozzarella). I stuck it under the broiler for 3+ mins… let’s pretend I didn’t forget it in the oven… burnt non-cheese isn’t too bad!
Crossfit #3 tomorrow. I’m already sore from tonight. Translation: I’m in love.
shameless plea: I am honored to have been nominated as a “Best Healthy Eating Blog” for the 2012 Fitterati Blog Awards on FitnessMagazine.com. If you’re so inclined, pretty please click here and vote for me. 🙂
What are some of your favorite items to bring to work/school for lunch?
What is your strangest/favorite salad topping?