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Packing the Perfect Lunch

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When it comes to employment, I went from wheatgrass to waffles in the blink of an eye.

Long story short, I went from temptation of grilled tofu and homemade granola to temptation of creamy custard and chocolate-filled liege waffles. What’s nice about my current job is the complimentary meal we receive each shift, but I usually pack my own lunch. Otherwise, I’d be eating the roasted mushroom and goat cheese sandwich everyday.

I know I’m not the only one who packs her lunch, and I know that putting together a healthy meal can be really challenging. A perfect lunch for me is light and filling, nutritious and easy, appetizing and satisfying. My lunch must live up to high expectations - it must power me through lots of order-taking, cash-registering, table-cleaning, and hungry-people-interacting. Perhaps most importantly, it must keep me away from the custard. God bless you and thick, sweet, richness, custard, but my thighs are better off without you. 

Whether or not desserts call your name constantly at your job, you still need a loaded meal to fuel the second half of your day. And you're probably at that point in your life where your mom doesn't pack everything delicious in your brown lunch bag anymore. 

But fear not, my friends! I've had tons of practice with delicious and nutritious lunch-packing so far this summer, and I'm sharing my knowledge with you. 

Here are some of my favorite picks lately followed by some tips for packing your own power lunch. 

  • Edamame with spinach, carrots, tomatoes, and hummus (topped with cilantro, crushed red pepper flakes, and lemon juice)
  • Chickpeas with spring mix, avocado, tomato, and carrot rounds (topped with balsamic vinaigrette and cilantro) 
  • Leftover grilled tofu with spring mix, beet hummus, carrot and cucumber rounds (topped with cilantro)
  • Quinoa with spinach, black beans, tomatoes, leftover grilled zucchini and white radish, feta (topped with cherry balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and crushed red pepper flakes)
  • Chickpea, avocado, and feta salad from Two Peas and Pod

Tips for packing your own: