Since I was recently blogging for the SELF Eat Like Me column sharing my lunches for this week seemed apropos. It IS easy to eat healthy when you are short on time.
Since I have been busy all weekend preparing for a workshop I am teaching later this week and organizing my power point presentation it did not leave much time so here’s what I did. I needed a break at 5:30 so I timed how long it took me to organize and “make” my lunches for the week. Here’s what I did:
My “lunch” bag for this week contains:
- 5 Fage (Greek) 2% small yogurts
- 5 Bags of a mixture of cashews, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and raw peanuts (about 1 ounce in total)
- 1 sandwich size bag of miniature cherry tomatoes I bought at the Farmer’s market yesterday
- 1 quart size bag of pea pods and carrots also from the Farmer’s market
- A few pink lady apples
- 1 large bag of mixed cut up cheese – truffle, Fontana, gouda
At work I already have homemade peanut/cashew butter I made with the Vita-Mix that I have for snacks in the afternoon.
It took me about 20 minutes to “assemble” my lunches for the week.
A lunch for me this week would look like this:
1 yogurt with 1 bag of the mixed nuts/seeds mixed in, about 1 ounce of the cut up cheese, 1-2 carrots, some of the pea pods and cherry tomatoes and a few bites of the apple.
Other weeks when I have more time I might make tuna/chicken/egg salad to take in addition to other fruits/veggies I munch on with my lunch. Lunch does not have to be a big “event” but rather a transition meal between breakfast and lunch.
Eating healthy lunches for the week can be easy simple and take less than 20 minutes to prepare – negating excuses of not having the time to prepare a healthy economical meal.
What are some healthy easy options you enjoy for lunch?