On Monday I had to get back to work, after 16 wonderfully lazy days, my so-called staycation. Being back at the office also means packing enough food for 10 to 12 hours away from home. I don’t eat right away in the morning, because my stomach needs at least one hour to wake up, and I try to leave the house as early as possible to avoid traffic. That means I pack breakfast, lunch, and several snacks every single day!
I always prepare my food the night before and put everything in the fridge, so that I just have to grab my boxes in the morning. Breakfast is always some kind of sandwich, often paired with cucumber sticks or cherry tomatoes. Lunch is usually either leftovers from the night before or a big, filling salad (here are some great tips on how to build a meal-sized salad).
My snacks tend to be more varied. I always pack some fresh fruit, like bananas, apples, or whatever is in season at the moment (strawberries!). Home-made baked goods like bizookies (I renamed them ‘raisin bombs’), soy yogurt, granola, and dark chocolate complete the assortment. I normally don’t eat all of that in one day, but I like to have options.
I know this looks familiar. I made a big batch of meatless chili last week and froze one serving. When I came home on Monday night, I simply peeled and cut some potatoes to make oven fries, and reheated the chili. Dinner is served!
Today I want to show you some of my favorite emergency snacks.
I like to keep a bag of trail mix and a pack of chocolate soy milk in my car, for those moments when I’m hangry but still quite far away from home, like after a sweaty gym session. Coconut water is also a great post-workout treat, but I don’t buy it that often, as it doesn’t really fill me up.
Do you also keep food in your car or purse? What are your favorite post-workout snacks?