This week, I wanted to give you a quick glimpse of “What’s in my lunchbox”. This is an overview of how food prep can be effortless and incorporating fruits and veggies can be simple.
First, you need a lunch bag. If it fits all the Tupperware it’s a keeper!
Breakfast: Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
This was a yummy breakfast to try! I really enjoy trying new recipes; however, I am not
creative so I need to follow a written recipe. The texture of the chia is something you have to get used to, but the yogurt helped
thicken it up. Chia is a great source of fiber and good way to start the day! Topped with blueberries, granola and walnuts makes for a nutritious breakfast!
Snack: Apple and string cheese #basic
I keep a jar of peanut butter in my desk drawer for snacks like these! PB and an apple is one of my favorites. Is there a better combo?! The chia pudding didn’t keep me as full as I was hoping and ended up being hungry soon after, so having planned snacks was very helpful this week.
Lunch: Mandarin orange, shredded chicken, chickpea, pepita, walnut, feta, mixed green salad
I could eat salads every week! Want to know how I do it? I switch up my toppings and add-ins! It’s as easy as that! I search on Pinterest for some inspo and voila! A different salad every week so I never get bored. For protein, I opt for canned chicken (only when I’m in a pinch), chicken sausages, canned beans, tuna/salmon pouches, and even quinoa. Fruit or veggies usually consists of cucumber, tomato, onion, strawberries or oranges. My favorite part are the extras: pumpkin seeds, nuts, croutons and blue/feta cheese. You may be thinking this is where the calories add up; all you need is a sprinkle of each topping to taste the flavor.
Snack: carrot sticks and grapes
PB also complements grapes very well 😉 I usually buy the full carrots and cut them myself, but baby carrots are also snack-worthy.
*On my way home, sitting in traffic* snack: Almonds
If you don’t already have one, buy this almond tin. It’s cute, portable, and the perfect portion! Having plenty of snacks available prevents from feeling “hangry” and over indulging at the next meal.
This may seem like a lot of food, but for me, it works! Whether I exercise in the morning or after work it may change up a bit, but overall this is how I plan and grocery shop. My “meal plan” this week was simple, little effort and prep, and I have everything planned for a busy week. Finding inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram is great but can feel overwhelming. Keep it simple and find snacks/meals that fit into your schedule and time. Hopefully this article gave you an insight on how easy prepping can be.
Bonus: What’s for Dinner? Citrus Shrimp and Zoodle Sheet Pan
I have had this recipe bookmarked for MONTHS! Finally this week I was able to test it out and it did not disappoint. While making lunches/snacks on Sunday, I spiralized the zucchini and cut the tomatoes. This took a few minutes and saved prep time on Monday night. The citrus flavor was so powerful and shrimp was the perfect protein pairing.