Last spring I bought myself a new lunch bag to inspire me to be generally happier when packing my lunch every morning before the sun rises. It worked. I still get a little nerdy feeling of excitement out of my lunch bag, but the same cannot be said for my lunch.
When it comes to my lunch, I am horribly predictable:
- Yogurt (Wegman's low-fat variety in any flavor except raspberry)
- Fruit (usually an apple; sometimes I get crazy and have grapes or melon depending on the season)
- Cracker-like snack (often Cheez-Its, sometimes Utz Honeywheat twists, occasionally a granola bar)
- String cheese
- Sigg bottle filled with water
It is time to bring some variety to my life. I'm in my eighth year of teaching and my eighth year of eating this way. I feel like I eat the lunch of a kindergartner. I probably should eat more, or if not more per se, at least something more substantial.
I will make your task a little more difficult, though, and present this reality check:
- I need food that can be made/arranged quickly. My current lunch-packing routine involves throwing these items into my lunch bag approximately two minutes before walking out the door. I can try making something (incredibly simple) at night, but there's a chance that routine will go out the window once it's dark at 5 p.m. and I become dead to the world at night.
- Matt eats our dinner leftovers for his lunch. Matt does a great job preparing weekday dinners for us, and then those turn into his lunches. On some rare occasions, I'm inspired to take leftovers, but as a general rule I do not eat leftovers.
- My issue with sandwiches is that they require lots of ingredients than can spoil quickly if not used up. I'm open to sandwich suggestions, though, especially fun ideas that do not involve too many perishable ingredients.
Good news: I eat all kinds of food and I have no food allergies. Also, I have a small fridge in my classroom as well as a microwave.
OK, loyal readers, please share with me your brown-bag lunch routines and your suggestions for what I should be packing in my bag. Thanks!