Due to my new schedule, I have to pack my lunch fives time a week.
I suppose I could bring money to eat out every day, but that option is so expensive and unhealthy that I do not even consider it a practical option. Maybe a year from now, when I will be done with things like tuition, commuting long distances, and having no time to have a paying job, I might let myself explore the healthier options of the local restaurants. But for now I do not have that luxury.
Does that mean that I have resigned myself to bologna sandwiches with carrot sticks every day? Certainly not! Besides, bologna might be cheap but it certainly does not fulfill the healthy requirement. Since my busy schedule will not leave me as much time in the evenings to cook as often as I would like, I will be focusing more on things that can easily be packed in a lunch. I am determined to not fall into the sandwich rut and alternate between ham and turkey sandwiches with an apple on the side every day.
I am probably most excited about the more unique salad combinations that I am coming up with, to ensure I actually eat some vegetables during the day. This particular salad combination was inspired by an impulse buy of some sugar snap peas at the farmers market. Since it is a salad, I did not include amounts of the different ingredients. Proportion things to your taste! I also love this salad for a packed lunch because it does not require a dressing. The creamy avocado chunks, the juicy grapes, and the sweet dried cranberries made it plenty enjoyable for me with no added dressing. Also, I pack my lunches the night before. I just placed it in the fridge overnight. Even though I did not add any lemon juice or anything to the avocados, they were just fine the next day at lunch.
red seedless grapes
sugar snap peas
chopped broccoli, frozen or fresh
roasted and salted pistachios, shelled
Dice the avocaodo, shell the pistachios, and add the rest of the ingredients into your container. Seal the container and place in the fridge until you are ready to pack your lunch. Enjoy!
Note: This salad only comprised half of my lunch. I like to eat healthily, not starve myself. :-)