19. Lunch on the go.
Another post, much like the breakfast post, where everyone will be sharing all their fancy amazing lunch on the go ideas. And I am going to show you inside my boring, every day at work lunch box. Though, to be fair, my lunch box is pretty cool.
Sadly I have been unable to locate a Gen 1 MLP insulated lunch box that is not a million dollars of the internet from overseas. However this one has served me nicely for several years.
A lot of my work days are 11 hours or so long (start at 8am and finish at 7pm), and there isn't a set time that I get to take as a lunch break. Although the clinic where I work has several places with vegan options not too far away, I always take a full lunch box because I can't guarantee that I can get out for lunch on any given day. Also, eating out gets very expensive, so even on the quiet days I tend to eat my packed lunch anyway.
I have a couple of essentials that are always in my lunch box. Firstly, my super cute kitty water bottle. I bring this in an effort to drink water and stay hydrated, though I am really bad at this and often don't. I also take a small box of fresh vegetables, which is usually cucumber slices and those yummy Perino snacking tomatoes. I always have a banana, which I don't always eat but is very important as my pre-spey or pre-procedure snack, because you don't want to be going into a surgery and find yourself getting the hungers on in the middle of it! I also take some other fruit for the afternoon, over winter it tends to be a mandarin or some strawberries, and in summer often some blueberries and grapes. And some dates as well.
For my mine lunch, I take leftovers that I reheat in the microwave at work. These can vary a lot, because as you know I almost never make the same recipe twice! Though sometimes if a recipe makes a lot I might have a couple of similar lunches. I always put some baby spinach underneath whatever the leftovers are for an extra greens boost, and will often add some frozen peas as well. I pack my lunch box up every morning.
That baggie in there that you can see is some jerky that I brought back from the US. I always make sure I have an emergency extra snack, and I also generally have an emergency snack bar in my bag as well. I don't like to take the risk of getting hungry! I also have a stash of handy staples at work. These include peanut butter (excellent to add to the banana for my pre-procedure snack), peppermint tea (work actually provides peppermint tea for me, but I keep an emergency stash in case we are out), 90 second oats, and of course nutritional yeast to sprinkle liberally over my lunches! Work also has gingernuts, and while they aren't at the moment they are generally an accidentally vegan brand. Just in case things get dire!
I generally eat lunch at the desk in hospital. And I generally give it a good noochy topping. There are no leftovers that don't go well with nooch.
So that is generally how I pack my lunch to go to work. Sometimes if I have baked I might have a special little goodie in there, but generally speaking I try and keep it pretty high in fruit and vegetables as far as snacks go.
Looking forward to seeing everyone's fancy lunches on the go! But hopefully some will share their every day lunch boxes as well. :)
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post: Month of Gizmo
Poor Gizmo had kidney issues, so that little shaved patch there was because she had a kidney ultrasound. However, even with some squares shaved out of her fur, she wasn't fazed. She was such a sweet and accepting little girl.