Almost every night, I stand in front of my fridge and shift my weight from foot-to-foot while trying to figure out what to pack for lunch (much like my morning routine of standing in front of my closet, full of clothing, with nothing to wear 😉). I do have a handful of basics I can always count on for an easily packable lunch though:
1. Hard Boiled Eggs – I usually make a batch Sunday night to have throughout the week. I cut one in half and then sprinkle with some sea salt flakes.
2. Peanut Butter Dates – I buy an enormous bag of organic dates from Costco because we go through these pretty quickly (I use them in smoothies too). I cut the date almost in half, put some peanut butter inside and then sprinkle with some granola. This is a family favorite.
3. Suzie’s Thin Cakes (I buy them at Whole Foods) – These gluten free/vegan rice cakes are great in lieu of bread. I use them to make peanut butter and honey sandwiches, hummus/spinach/tomato sandwiches, cheese sandwiches…the skies the limit!
4. Hummus and Veggies – I love the Whole Foods generic brand of hummus—especially the Greek and Lemon flavors. I often pack hummus with carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers.
5. Fruit – I try to pack a few different types of fruit each day. Oftentimes it’s an apple with some berries. Or, half a banana with some pear slices. I find it easier to prepare all my fruit on Sunday by washing it and cutting it up so it’s easy to grab throughout the week (I usually sprinkle lime or lemon on pears/apples to keep them fresh).
What are your favorite lunch staples?
Alena King (Allegra, Amanda’s Primary)