First things first, today is a mighty huge day for my dearest, Gretchen. Today her book, Terra is released! Please, please, please go out there and buy a copy! Go support an independent author! I am so proud of her. And the book, friggin’ rocks, kids. And my name is in it twice. TWICE. Not that this is about me or anything… YAY, GRETCH!
Alright, onto WIAW.
I thought it might be fun to change it up a bit for WIAW this week and instead of showing you my at home eats, show you what I packed for “lunch” on one of my commuting days last week. I put the quotation marks because, technically, it’s a heck of a lot more than lunch. On commuting days (if you don’t remember, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we commute about 90 minutes one way for work), we leave the house a little after 5am and don’t usually get back until a little after 7pm—so we pack a lot of food. The only meal you won’t find in these photos is dinner, which is something that I usually just throw in the slow cooker right before we head out. Onto my packed “lunch”…
- This is a pretty standard breakfast for us: turkey and egg cups (I’ll make up a dozen and eat on them all week—so good); Greek yogurt with some frozen berries, honey and pistachios; and some piece of fruit—this time a clementine. Plus coffee on the drive in! I think I’d be dead in a ditch somewhere if it wasn’t for my morning coffee while I drive us to work.
- We’re big fans of canned fish for lunches. We alternate between canned tuna (mixed with some hummus and salsa) and canned salmon. It’s great because it takes almost no time to mix up and packs in plenty of protein, which is really important to keep Craig movin’ at his manual labor job. Sometimes we’ll pack leftovers, but lots of times we save leftovers for no-cook night (Friday!). Along with the tuna, we have some crackers, a whole tasting plate of veggies with hummus, an apple, plus something for lunch dessert. A sea salt chocolate caramel, this time around. We always pack a little something sweet.
- Oh, the mighty snack! So, super-dooper important to keeping us happy during commuting days. We pack lots of snacks and spread them out throughout the day. I usually don’t snack much in the morning, but snack late in the afternoon (around 4pm-ish) and during the drive home (around 6pm-ish). If I don’t, it’s cranky/headachey/hangry central. Which is no fun to be in the car with for over an hour. Snacks this time around were: packet of almond butter, LARABAR, hard-boiled egg, mixed nuts and raisins, dates, Babybel and a jar of cottage cheese with pineapple and pomegranate. We also usually pack a second thermos of coffee. I drink mine right after lunch.
What’s a normal packed lunch for you? What are your favorite foods to pack?