A few weeks ago I posted about my morning routine and how I manage to fit in a work out, shower and breakfast all before work. At the beginning of this week Rachel requested I post about my lunch time routine and how I manage to eat at home during my lunch hour. I was happy to oblige. 🙂
I guess you can say my lunch starts at 10:15ish when I usually break out my mid-morning snack.
Today I had 2 pieces each of Dried Mango and Pineapple.
By the time its 10:15 is when it has usually been about 3 hours since I ate breakfast. My stomach starts to say ‘feed me’ so I give it a little something to stop it from roaring at me by 11:00. The snack helps me from gnawing my arm off before I head home for lunch around noon.
As far as my actual lunch hour goes…
12:00 p.m. – Leave the office and head home
12:10 p.m. – Arrive at home and am happily greeted at the door by Abbie’s jumps and kisses. I immediately take her out for a quick 5 minute walk or until she does her business. I have her on a tight schedule so she’s usually pretty good about making it quick.
12:15 p.m. – Start making lunch
I think this is the part that Rachel was most curious. How do I prep a healthy lunch in the short allotted time I actually have in the kitchen? Well really it all depends on what I plan to make and when I planned to make it.
My Lunch today was pretty simple to throw together thanks to these simple tips I try to go by.
- Plan the meals out the night before and do as much prep work as you can before you go to bed. I.E. Last night I went ahead and shredded the rest of the Red Cabbage I had used in last night’s meal because I knew I wanted to incorporate it in today’s lunch. I also already had the tempeh portioned out and the watermelon and cantaloupe cubed.
- Keep it simple! You will notice my lunch meals are usually pretty basic with different variations of Salads and Sandwiches. Sometimes I will get fancy and pull out the George Forman, turn the broiler on or bring out the toaster, but that’s about it. Today I decided to get fancy and did indeed pull our the George Forman, but I believe the idea of a wrap itself is pretty basic.
- Utilize left overs!! I LOVE being creative with leftovers in my lunch. All you have to do is reheat and they are so easy to turn into something fun and different by simply adding them to a salad, combining them with other left overs, adding to the top of a Flat Out Pizza, etc. I managed to turn last night’s Red Cabbage & Tempeh leftovers into a new and fun wrap. Totally different then what I had the night before, but using the same great elements.
12:25 p.m. – Lunch is finished and ready to eat. I turn the TV to my favorite local news station and sit in front of my TV ready to chow down.
Yes, I eat in front of the TV, but check out my cool coffee table set up. How could you resist this?
Umm… sorry I did not feel like cleaning the table for the picture. I live alone and never have guests. Please don’t judge me. Abbie doesn’t mind it. 🙂
So the 10 minute prep left me with this great lunch.
The wrap was thrown quickly thrown together while the George Forman was heating up.
I simply filled a Flat Out Wrap with shredded Red Cabbage, Tempeh, Tomato, Pineapple, Spinach and Annie’s BBQ Sauce. I folded it and stuck it in the George Forman until it looked done.
While the wrap was heating up I poured myself a glass of water and pulled out the Watermelon/ Cantaloupe combo out of the fridge.
It was already cubed and ready to eat.
I also portioned out a serving size of Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Pretzels.
Once the wrap was done I plated everything and plopped down.
12:35 p.m. – I finish eating and feel I have had my fill of the news. I bring the dishes to the sink and and put everything back in the fridge that needs to be cold and make sure the George Forman is turned off.
12:40 p.m. – Give Abbie a treat and head back to work.
12:52 p.m. – Arrive back at my desk and quickly blog my post. 🙂
I hope this post gave a little insight into my lunch hour. Some days it varies depending on what I want to eat and how much prep is involved, but I usually make
it back to my desk in less then an hour if you can believe it. 🙂
What does your lunch routine look like?