My weekday mornings usually go like this: wake up just before 6, hit the gym, shower at 7 and spend the next hour tossing clothes around to find an outfit, eating a healthy breakfast, catching up on e-mails, getting celeb gossip and news on the Today Show…and before I know it, 8:30 rolls around and it’s time to head out the door for work. Since I find myself with little time in the mornings to pack a nutritious lunch, I’ve been making a point to set aside some time on Sunday evenings to hit the grocery store and prepare some healthy meals I can bring to work Monday through Thursday. Pinterest is my go-to source for new recipes, so here are my top five picks as of late!
Honey Walnut Power Salad
Layered Salad With Orange Ginger Dressing
Avocado Egg Salad
Creamy Fruit & Tortellini Salad (made with Greek yogurt!)
Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad
In addition to these lunches, here are my favorite snacks as of late — I like to eat a few small meals throughout the day to break up the monotony of the work day and keep me full!
Clockwise from top left: Blue Diamond Sea Salt Almonds (best salty snack I’ve found!), fresh strawberries (I can eat a whole pint at a time—they are so juicy, delicious and cheap right now!), Chobani Black Cherry Greek Yogurt (I stir in a spoonful of chocolate chips for a sweet treat), Starbucks Skinny Chai Latte (with 2 pumps of syrup instead of 3 to save calories!), Luna Peanut Honey Pretzel Bars (tastes like a candy bar, but full of protein and nutrients!)
Not only does planning and bringing your own food save money, but also saves a lot of calories and prevents you from making a bad food decision in a moment of hunger! I’m always interested in what others are having for lunch…tell us, what are your go-to munchies during the day?
About Kelsey Bjelland
Kelsey is a professional journalist, web producer, aspiring event stylist and baker extraordinaire. After taking the plunge and moving from rural Montana to downtown Chicago in 2009, she took an internship at a local bridal magazine. Shortly after, she discovered her two loves—the wedding scene and a boy from Alabama. Those experiences inspired her to launch Pearls & Frosting, a dual-function website dedicated to connecting wedding vendors to share business advice and to providing intimate profiles of those vendors to future brides. By day, Kelsey is an assistant editor for several management consulting publications, a freelance magazine writer and a self-professed Pinterest addict. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University.