Welcome Max to the iFamily Mom & Dad Squad! Do you ever struggle with the question ‘What’s for Lunch’? Max is to the rescue with his answers to this question and some lunchtime solutions for you and your family!
What’s For Lunch?
This is a question that I hear a troubling number of times in a week! You would think that this would be the easiest meal to serve, but for us it has been the Rubix Cube of meal planning. Breakfast is easy, it can be eaten at dinner time and people still call it breakfast! Dinner is easy because it is the meal that everyone gathers for and therefore receives the most attention,planning, and preparation. Lunch is the meal that has consistently caused frustration for my family, like the yellow square that just doesn’t line up no matter how many different ways you spin the Cube around. For us it has gotten to the point that we are going to peel the stickers off and put them where they belong. (I am really impressed at my ability to create the analogy of lunch and Rubix Cube!)
In the school systems attempt to make sure that all kids got to eat, they have set up a system of complacency when it comes to lunch. The least they could have done was educate me that I would not be able to pass off Bosco Sticks and broccoli as a reasonable lunch later in life. Unless of course you are single. Which brings me to another point about lunch and the many reasons it is difficult. If I were a single person lunch would be a breeze. However, I am married and my wife is not the biggest fan of leftovers. As in won’t eat them, unless it something like pizza or spaghetti. This leaves me scrambling to come up with “new” meals for lunch and doubles the amount of planning and work in the kitchen. Here are my three keys to solving the Lunchix Cube followed by a list of our favorite lunch items.
Three keys to a successful workday lunch:
- Lunch DOES NOT need to be a meal the same way that we think about breakfast and dinner being meals. It is okay for lunch to be a series of healthy foods that are sometimes considered snacks. We like to make sure that we are still getting some proteins, veggies, and healthy fats.
- Lunch should not only be delicious but equally important is portability. You never know where your day might take you so it is best to not need a microwave. This is why healthy “snack” lunches is a good way to shift the mind. Don’t read this and think “Oh snack, I am going to have chips, soda, and a candy bar.” That is not delicious and therefore doesn’t follow the key. I would even caution you against “healthy” snacks if they come prepackaged.
- Create a list of ideal lunches. This list can be your favorite healthy “snacks” or some on the go food that you prepare on Sunday for the week. If you prepare ahead of time make sure that you portion it out for the week too or you won’t eat it because you won’t have time to prep in the morning.
Some Ideas To Get You Started:
- Greek Spaghetti
- Pasta Salad
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Caprese Salad
- Cheese and Salami
- Banana Muffins
- Bean Salad
This list is by no means exhaustive. It’s primarily meant to get you thinking differently about lunch. All of these “meals” are delicious, can be prepared ahead of time, and only one requires a microwave meaning that they are portable. So, you can do something crazy like go eat lunch outside!
From iFamily to Yours,