Aug. 24

What’s in my lunch box?

Category > Food

As a continuation to my last food journal post, I wanted to share a regular meal that I pack each evening for the following work day. I wasn’t kidding when I say that I always prepare meals ahead of time and have no shame in carrying a little lunch bag through the office building (even though my colleagues still tease me about it).

8:00 am – Arrived to work (had quinoa flakes with a protein shake for breakfast and of course my VegeGreens)
10:30 am – Apple with the carrots
1:00 pm – Tuna w/ potato and steamed the broccoli (note: all my tupperware I use is glass, especially the ones I warm up in the microwave)
3:30 pm – Protein shake w/ water and Oatmeal
4:30 pm – Home Time!!

This took me a total of about 6 minutes to wash and prepare. I felt great the whole day – no heavy meals from the fast food places. On top of it, I likely save about $20/day by making my lunches as opposed to buying them at the food courts downtown.

What was in your lunch box today? Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Be sure to check back in as I’ll be posting one of my favourite ab workouts – I am still feeling it TWO days later, so you won’t want to miss it :)

xxxo

28 comments
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kimprice17
kimprice17

Can you tell how you use the oatmeal as your snack? Are you adding to your shake or eating plain? Plus, cam you tell me what quinoa flakes are? Thanks!

just jillian
just jillian

hey! 

new follower here, loving your blog!

what size portions are you eating of each?  i eat pretty healthy (minus a few cheats here or there), but i think my portions are a little much!

 

xoxo, jillian

http://just-jillian.blogspot.com

Lyndsay83
Lyndsay83

Maja, can you tell us how you made the tuna and potato? This is such a healthy selection for lunch.

Teacups and Dresses
Teacups and Dresses

Those are very good things to take in a lunch box! I'm going to be bringing my lunch to uni this semester (I need to save some money up..) and I'm always on the look for new ideas!! This was a great one, thanks!!

 

Have a great day!

 

xoRosie

http://teacupsanddresses.blogspot.com/

 

Eilish
Eilish

Love the blog! On a scale of 1-10 how tolerable is the blueberry greens by progressive? I've tried the greens + before but struggled to get it down! Thanks!!

Netty
Netty

Hi,

What type of protein shakes do you drink?  I'm having a hard time finding one that tastes good and is also gluten-free.  Thanks!

Chloe Elizabeth
Chloe Elizabeth

Hi Maja, congrats on your new blog, I came across it through Veronika's and although just found today it all looks very good! Quick question, where do you get your tupperware from? Love them but I am from London so I have a feeling I might not be able to get them! :(

Keep up the good work ;)

Michelle
Michelle

GREAT blog! I'm a new reader and I cant get enough of your healthy posts and workouts (I'm really looking forward to the ab workout). I will be checking in daily ;)

lizkrotchko
lizkrotchko

Saw your Motivation Monday post on Veronika's blog, and I absolutely love your blog! I was wondering if you had any advice about foods that aren't as healthy/good for you as people think. I can't think of any examples at the moment, but I feel as though that's something that does happen. I'll definitely be continuing to read your blog! The layout is so cute and easy to use.

jchokie79
jchokie79

Hi, I'm a new reader from Veronika's blog!  Just want to let you know that I'm excited to be a new reader and please keep the lunch ideas coming.  I recently stopped packing frozen dinners for lunch (so bad, I know!) and have started packing salads so I'm in need of any new ideas.  Thanks!  BTW, your abs are killer!  ;)

Kyra
Kyra

Hi this may seem like a silly question but do you cook the oatmeal or do you eat it dry? I really do not like oatmeal but because it is so healthy i'm trying to find new ways to make it.

 

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @just jillian Hi Jillian - welcome and thanks so much for the feedback!

a-ha! The golden rule...portion size is sooooo important!! To ensure that I am keeping the right portion sizes, I buy small containers. Each of the above containers only hold about 1.5 cups worth. When it's veggies, I have as much as I want, but keep the carbs and protein to 1 serving size. Another trick is to ensure you're eating every 2.5 - 3 hours. When you're eating so frequently, you'll notice that you won't need as much at each snack/meal. 

 

Hope this helps!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Lyndsay83 this won't sound very appetizing, but I just diced to potato into 1" cubes before leaving to work. When I had it, I added a tiny bit of water to the glass dish so that it would steam, then heated it in my office kitchen microwave for about 3.5 min (or until tender). I would usually add some ketchup (love Ketchup) or vinegar to them once they're cooked. 

 

As for the tuna - I just cut up some fresh chives from the garden (super fragrant/tasy when you grow your own herbs) and then diced some pickle for crunch (put as many pickles as you want). Nothing really beats mayo for taste when it comes to a quick tuna, but I rarely ever use it, but when I do I put a teaspoon of the fat free kind. Usually, I opt for some salt and pepper with the tiniest bit of olive oil + lemon juice to moisten it. Another alternative to the mayo that is frequently used in tuna is to use Sour cream!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Teacups and Dresses Super glad to hear that you plan on bringing your lunch to school. I did it in University as well and it saved a ton of money as a nice kickback to healthy living. Sometimes even the "healthy" options aren't very healthy on campus. Best of luck with your studies!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Eilish At first it was a 3 to get down. I added some lemon concentrate to mask the taste. The more alkaline your body gets from consumming it, the less intense the drink is. I would say it probably took me a good 3 months to stop putting lemon in it and now I drink it plain and LOVE it. NB: I can't remember what the directions are for making it, but I use 1 scoop and put about 1.5 cups of water in it. The directions may say to use little water (I can't remember), but watering it down helps too. 

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Hi Netty - I use BioX - Natural Vanilla Flavour and put some cinnamon in it, then mix with water. I am not sure if it is gluten free, but I will look around the store next time I am in and try to find a good alternative for you and comment back to this thread :)

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Hi Chloe Elizabeth - thanks so much, I'm really excited to finally get it going :) I used to use those conventional Ziploc plastic tupperware, but it's horrible to keep reusing plastic like that, so I switched. I found mine at a local department store and the brand is called "Glasslock". I love that you can get them in various sizes, so it's easy to measure food and keep portions smaller. I buy the 1 cup and 2 cup sizes. 

 

I think the company ships worldwide, check them out here: http://glasslockcontainers.com/GlassLock/

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Thanks Michelle! Love the feedback. I was hoping to get the abs one out early this week, but I overdid it at the gym last weekend and needed to allow my muscles to heal and then I got sick. I will have it up asap :)

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @lizkrotchko Hello - what a GREAT question because there are a TON! In fact, I will dedicate a whole post to this. Also, thanks for the feedback, I'm so glad to hear that the layout works for easy reading/searching :) 

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @jchokie79 Thanks for the feedback!! I LOVE requests, so I will definitely keep the lunch posts up. Don't feel bad about old habits at all - it's what you're doing now that counts. Keep it up girl!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Hi Kyra,

Not a silly question at all! I bring it to work dry; add a bit of water and put it in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes then add a dash of milk once it's done (gourmet haha). Be sure not to add too much water or it gets really soggy. If you don't love the taste, you can always add some sweetness to it with fruit - don't feel shy in adding to it :)

Lyndsay83
Lyndsay83

@hautepnk thanks Maja.. Ive been trying the tuna for the last 2 days. I am always late in the morning and this is super quick and i have some fresh chives that i have been growing on my window sill. I hope you share more lunch boxes on the blog. Cant tell you how motivational it is to see a busy woman making time to eat healthy.

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Lyndsay83  Thanks Lyndsay!! Tuna is so quick and easy - when I'm desperate, I also buy the small Clover Leaf - Flaked Light Tuna "tomato & onion" flavour. They're only 80 cal each and so convenient. I'll do another lunchbox post this week :)