With the days getting shorter amid busy school and work schedules, it’s easy for many of us to forget to plan lunch. Constructing healthy meals is my job, and I slip too!
As a dietitian, I’m always asked for suggestions to help people eat well on a tight schedule. In this blog, I’ll be bringing you the inside scoop on what the Nutritious Life team is brown bagging. See what we’re packing for lunch, and pick up some healthful tips that might work for you.
Here is a glimpse at a recent lunch of mine:
What was in my lunch bag?
• Sliced turkey
• Romaine lettuce
• Red grapes
How did I decide on this assortment?
In my mad rush to work a few mornings ago, I threw lettuce leaves, hummus, and sliced turkey in a bag. Like many people, I always keep lettuce and some form of lean deli meat in the fridge. I like to buy organic sliced turkey, like the Applegate brand, for a lean, low-calorie source of high-quality protein that is nitrite free. The grapes were an afterthought—my kids love them—so my home is always stocked with them. I figured I’d want something to complement the turkey, lettuce, and hummus, since it was a fairly basic lunch. This is often what I do when I am pressed for time. I just throw a bunch of ingredients in a bag and assemble them at work. Preassembled wraps usually fall apart anyway when I’m rummaging around in my bag for my Metrocard or sunglasses.