WIAW: Sack, Snack Lunch
Growing up, I was always the kid with the carrot sticks and the tuna fish sandwich in the brown paper bag with a note from my mom saying:
“Have a GREAT day!”
I envied the other “cool” kids whose parents gave them money to buy treats like Honey Buns and nachos and Mt. Dew, and any chance I got I would swap my healthy food for their more appealing junk food. As you can imagine, that rarely happened, since no kid in their right mind would trade candy for carrot sticks.
These days aren’t much different, except that I’m the one packing the healthy grub by choice.
Oh, and there’s no note :(
Now that I’m going to school M – TH for six hours a day, I have to bring my own sack lunch to quickly refuel between lecture and lab. I don’t have enough time to get a full-blown spread going, so I like to bring several small, balanced meals to hold me over throughout the day.
This usually begins with a mid-morning snack of a banana and almonds around 10 am, then my “more lunchy” snack around noon.
Yesterday’s meal included Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad topped with some diced avocado and a side of carrots and celery.
This is a great combo because it gives me a nice balance of protein from the egg whites (10 grams), healthy fat from the avo (7 grams), and some complex carbs by way of the carrots.
It’s only around 200 calories, so I only qualify it as a mini lunch, aka a “snack lunch.” When I get home around 3 pm, I follow up with a third snack, usually one of my Starburst Smoothies.
I bring these sack, snack-lunches in my shiny waterproof Soul Cycle bag with some ice packs, provoking some incredulous looks from my classmates.
Some other interesting things to make their way into my snack sack include: apple slices and greek yogurt, cold Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti in a container, and a full Microwave “Baked” Sweet Potato which I ate whole, without utensils. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
People always complain about not being able to eat healthy when they’re busy and on-the-go, so here I am, showing you it’s possible.
People may think I’m a little weird with my plastic baggy full of diced avocado, but I’m laughing all the way to the scale.