Workday Food Routines

Each night, I prep my lunch for the next day to bring to work. Even if it’s the day before a non-work-day, I still think about my plans for the following day and if any food prep is needed, I do it the night before. I find this is the best way to a) save money, b) save time in the morning, and c) keep healthy eats that I enjoy on hand.

I tend to eat almost the same thing each morning for breakfast, but the other day I was craving some of my Beltane Farm farmer’s market chive chevre, so I spread it on a crunchy toasted english muffin.

Like the Sesame Street plate? Childhood fave, will never get rid of it.

I added more chevre after I took this photo. Simply not enough.

Snack examples: TJ's veggie chips + chive cottage cheese, cucumbers + black bean dip.

When packing my lunch, I tend to pack a veggie-heavy salad for my main course, with some sort of protein incorporated. I also like to pack a couple fruit servings as snacks, as well as some starches. I tend to like to get my starches in during snacks and dinner, it’s just kinda my routine (I’m in favor of the evening carb-coma), so that’s why I like to keep my lunch in the form of a salad. A ginormous salad with about 10 ingredients – on a minimum-ingredient day.

A workday salad and side of fruit. Don't be fooled, there's meat in there.

It’s important for me to have plenty of snacks because I tend to eat many times throughout the day, a little bit at a time. Again, this is just what works for me and keeps my energy up constantly. I also work out after work on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, so eating snacks in the afternoon serves as pre-gym fuel.

A day of workday "loot".

Do you tend to pack your lunch, buy, or a mix of both? Do you have “standards”  you always pack? Any new snack or salad ingredient ideas for me?

6 Responses to "Workday Food Routines"

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  1. Shannon @ Healthiful Balance

    October 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    I dont work yet and eat lunch at home after school but if I could, I would bring my lunch to school (or to work someday!) :) I’d probably pack a sandwich with some fruit and some nuts or trail mix!

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    • Caitlin C.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      I had two peanut butter sandwiches with lunch every day from age 10-18! Haha

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  2. Shayla @ The Good Life

    October 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I can totally relate to this!! I am such a salad lunch person…I’ve tried having sandwiches to switch things up but like you, I’m really not a fan of being in a carb coma during the work day and love to save that for dinner at night time ;)

    Thankfully I live 10 minutes from work so I go home for lunch and eat there…however if I couldn’t I would definitely pack my lunch. I like to keep my lunches heavy on protein as well to keep me alert so I love having a salad with a protein base…right now that’s in form of greek yogurt :)

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    • Caitlin C.

      October 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      Ooh greek yogurt in a salad sounds good! In college I’d use cottage cheese from the dining hall when there was no lean protein option available.

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