I have a bad habit of trying to live multiple lives at once. At present, I am a:
- Full-time graduate student
- Full-time freelance editor
- Part-time Graduate Associate
On Tuesdays, I’m in work/class from 8am-8pm. It’s kind of tricky. And those are just the “responsibilities.” Beyond that, I’m also a girlfriend, mother of two cats, yoga practitioner, friend (sometimes), sister, daughter, etc. It can be a bit much to keep track of, at times. Hence, my complete inability to ever know what day it is, whose birthday is when, where I am or what’s going on.
One thing I won’t let slip, however, is eating what I want when I want. It takes a little extra planning (and lots of tupperware), but it can be done.
My tips for preparing packed lunches/snacks:
- Prep and pack everything the night before.
- On that same note, use your dinner for one night as lunch for the next day. Prep and pack your lunch at the same time you’re making dinner and you’ll only be in the kitchen once.
- Stock up on glass/plastic containers. Don’t waste your money (and planet) on endless piles of disposable goods. Don’t get me wrong, I still buy ziploc bags, foil, etc. But I don’t use them for daily lunches.
- If you don’t have access to a refrigerator, buy an insulated lunch pack. I use this Fit and Fresh pack that I found at TJMaxx.
- Make the meal special. Inhaling food in front of a computer sucks. I know this. I take my lunch outside every day and eat it with real silverware that I bring from home. It’s a nice escape.
- Avoid packaged, prepared goods. I know they’re easy but they’re also more expensive and likely full of all kinds of crap. Make time on Sunday to wash and prep your own veggies sticks, fruit salads, etc.
- Bring multiple snacks. If you’re away from home for 12 hours at a time like I am, one meal won’t cut it. I usually carry 2-3 pieces of whole fruit, trail mix and a bar of some sort to get me through to the next feeding time.
Do you pack lunches and snacks to go? What are your go-to packed goods?