Now that I am back to a full time day job and my company doesn’t have a cafeteria, I pack my lunches to work. Also, with my weight loss and fitness goals post-pregnancy, I am trying to count my calories, watch my macronutrients and eat a clean, healthy, vegan diet. Running around an active toddler simply doesnt give me the time to enjoy the cooking process each day and as a result, I’ve been taking great interest in the Pinterest meal prep boards. Last week was my first experiment. I packed vegan balanced lunches for work for all 5 days. I ended up packing the same lunch for all 5 days and was a bit bored when Thursday rolled in. I imagine I’ll be tweaking my process as I go along to get as much variety and nutrition in as little time as possible. That being said, I really enjoyed the free time every morning and the ease with which I could simply grab a box from the fridge on the way to work. This also helped me focus on our dinner and spend more time feeding my toddler.
My lunch box for the week had the following
- 3/4 cup cooked short grain brown rice
- 3/4 cup cooked green lentils
- 1/2 cup cooked Kale
- Any leftover veggies from the previous day
The basic lunch box is about 350 calories, but adding a serving of sauteed veggies will only add a few more calories. In addition to this, I’d also pack some steamed/sauteed/roasted veggies each day.