Over the last year or so, I have made a conscious effort to bring lunch to work. This daily habit helps me save money and eat healthier.
For better or for worse, in the months of August and September I got into a rut of not preparing anything ahead of time and just going to the cafeteria in my office building to get a wrap, which while accompanied by fresh veggies also usually led to the purchase of a cookie to round things off. (Shh, don’t tell my coach.)
It was embarrassing to look at my credit card bill and see how many line items were charges at Isabella’s Cafe. And it was all money that could have been better well spent.
After a week out of the office on a business trip to Texas that was spent eating at Panera everyday, I decided that starting Monday, September 30th I was going to follow a simple rule: bring lunch everyday to work unless someone else buys it for you.
Today marked the start of week three and I have happily brought lunch into the office 9 of the past 11 work days and on the other two work picked up the tab.
So what does my lunch consist of? Well I prefer a simple cold lunch that is easy to put together in the morning and doesn’t require microwaves or a big production when I am in the office.
I still haven’t got out of the mindset from grade school that lunch is a sandwich and some snacks.
Twenty years later, I find myself bringing a lunch box to work again, though not as cool as the ones I had as a kid.
And since I try to keep Paleo, the white bread and bologna has been cast aside. In its place are baby carrots, celery sticks, almonds, plantain chips and some main source of protein.
The last two weeks I have bought a package of chicken drumsticks as my protein. Here’s the simple recipe I follow to bake them:
- Pre-heat the oven to 400° F.
- Toss the drumsticks in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary.
- Arrange them in a lightly greased baking pan.
- Cook for 30 minutes at 400° F and then turn the drumsticks over and cook for another 30 minutes at 400° F.
They come out perfectly cooked and they have turned out to be really delicious when served cold.
They could definitely be more elaborately prepared but I need to do more research into recipes for a sauce to marinate them in. Or perhaps there is some form of Paleo breadcrumbs?
My lunch box also contains a banana or apple as snack for later in the day. I am also on the hunt for additional ideas of what to pack as I was recently advised to ditch the protein bars in favor of more natural sources of protein.
This week I am bringing hard-boiled eggs but welcome recommendations.