My Easy Lunch Boxes and cooler pack came in today so I decided that even though teaching doesn’t officially start until August 13, I should start packing lunch for work starting next week (while I am still committed). A few things I notice from just looking at the lunch box system:
1. It doesn’t fit my Fage yogurt container. I was hoping it would, but it’s doesn’t. Then again, not many lunchbox system fits my Fage yogurt container.
2. It looks smaller than I thought. The smallest container fits at most 10 grapes and the large space fits exactly one sandwich. For my adult portion, it might not be too much, but too much food for lunch is probably not a good idea.
3. I probably have to find some small container for my hummus and tzatziki dip or salad dressing since I don’t want the container to smell like hummus or stained with oil.
4. The bag fits the box nicely, but I am looking for a small container for soup or cold orange juice if possible.
However, I am optimistic and excited for packing a healthy lunch. A wholesome lunch.
As for the first week, I decided to cut down artificial sugar and salt as much as possible, which I think I did. Even though there are things in this grocery bag that I am not exactly proud of. The total cost of this week’s grocery is $40 even, which is definitely cheaper than I thought. Here’s what I bought:
I couldn’t find any pita chip at wholefoods with no sea salt. It was between sea salt, garlic, and onion – the latter two I am not a fan of since I can’t imagine smelling like garlic or onion after lunch. I did remember having some plain pita chips at Trader Joe’s recently and it’s quite good except I would like to narrow my grocery shopping to just one location. The Ritz crackers, even though it is whole wheat, probably has a lot of sodium and some enriched flour, but it was my only choice since the WholeFoods-brand graham crackers were out. But overall, I am satisfied with my choices this week. And here’s the rough menu for the week: ( I’ll try to upload pictures as the day go by)
Monday: pita chips, hummus, boiled egg, and grapes + yogurt and banana on the outside
Tuesday: Pita,tzatziki, cucumber, salad, boiled egg + banana, crackers
Wednesday: salad, boiled egg, orange, raisins + yogurt and crackers
Thursday: pita chips, hummus, grapes, salad, boiled egg + banana
Friday: pita, tzatziki, cucumber, orange, boiled egg + yogurt and banana
My overall strategy is to stick with a few familiar items a week. This week is pita, hummus, tzatziki, grapes, and boiled egg. Next week might be more bread, prosciutto, avocado, salsa, and a different fruit. I really wanted to include papaya this week, but I think I have a lot already, maybe next week I will include papaya. I also really want to finish everything before buying anymore to prevent waste when necessary. I can probably extend what I have to another week since I know I can’t finish the hummus and such in a week, so maybe shopping every other week and just fruits every week. I have also asked mom to cook some Vietnamese food to go with rice possibly the week after when I am bored with American food, so let’s hope I keep this up! Here’s to a more wholesome food choices and healthier living!