My clients often ask me what I eat for lunch, as this is probably one of the toughest meals as a mom, well, as anyone. If you work in an office, you are sort of stuck with the stores/restaurants around you. And if you play mom all day (because it is just really playing, right?) you are also stuck with what’s in your fridge, or if you are out on a P.D. (this is what my daughter now class play dates, because otherwise it sounds babyish), then you eat crap like pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches. So what’s a mother to do?
- Arm your house with nutritious snacks for both you and your children (we’ll cover those in a minute)
- Plan ahead
- Find things that work on the go
- Make time to make things — does that even make sense?
- Edamame (I buy the frozen kind and then boil for 3-5 minutes — add sea salt, soy sauce and red pepper flakes – yum!)
- nuts (eat a variety — I have jars of sunflower, walnuts, macadamia, almonds on my counter for easy access)
- hummus (I make this from scratch — easy and it tastes better than store bought) Recipe Eat with carrots, cauliflower, red pepper, pita chips (sparingly!)
- nut butters (almond, cashew, peanut) on an apple, celery, brown rice cake
- Beef or Turkey Jerky (great on the go)
I also like these on the go drinks:
- Mix 1
- Vuka (although it’s not really a snack, but an energy drink)
When I have time to make lunch:
- I have multiple lettuces on hand. I love watercress and arugula, bok choy, napa cabbage and spinach
- sprouts or endive for interest
- find crunchy things to throw in like cucumber, carrot, peppers, fennel (love), fresh corn
- Add a few sweet things like tomatoes and fruit — loving peaches and blueberries in my salads these days
- Add nuts & avocado, peas
- Add a protein like flank steak or chicken & shrimp, quinoa, shelled edamame
- Dressing: white, champagne or red wine vinegar, fresh lemon, garlic, spicy mustard, salt & pepper. Shake & pour.
There you have it — a vitamin packed lunch. Loaded with fruits, veggies and protein. If you have don’t have a lot of time, throw it in some tupperware and eat on the go!
Lunch is a tough meal to master, but with a little planning ahead, you can make this important meal happen every day! And, if not, a latte works in a pinch.