Meal Planning

It’s been a long time since I did meal planning, but I’m working on a list for things that I can make and take to work with me next week. I typically work from the comfort of my home (or Starbucks,) but I’ll have to be more proactive with planning if I want my transition to go smoothly. 

I don’t know if I’ll have access to a refrigerator and/or microwave, but I’m assuming that I will. I want to prepare healthy snacks and lunches that won’t bother others. (I will not be the woman who makes popcorn at the office. It seems invasive to me.)

I know I could bring things like almonds, but the fact is that they don’t do much for me. I need to come up with some ideas that will be healthy, yet appealing. 

My plan is to pack fresh fruit in one container and fresh veggies in another. I also have olive oil popcorn from Trader Joe’s, which will be easy to portion out. I purchased some KIND bars earlier this week, and they’ll definitely make their way into my rotation as well. Maybe I’ll do almonds and string cheese. I have a stash of rosemary and balsamic chicken breast from Trader Joe’s as well. Greek yogurt should probably go on my list too.

I want to lose weight. I want to get my habits under control, and I think that this could be a good way to do it. Today I am making chicken and spinach soup, which shouldn’t have a strong scent if it’s reheated. It’s easy and delicious, and adding a little tortellini thickens it up nicely too. ( I think tortellini is fine since it will be portioned out.)

I haven’t been doing what a person needs to do to lose weight, but I’m going to give it another go. I think that with some planning, I can see success again. What do I have to lose (except weight?) 

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    jess
    March 26, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I love to make what I call “Adult Lunchables” for work. Crackers, cheese, sandwich meat, grapes, carrots, celery– basically a lot of finger foods. 🙂

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    Jeanette
    March 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I transitioned from a mostly at-home work life to an office job last year – I have brought my lunch EVERY single day! It has been a LOT of work, a lot of planning, but it has been so worth it. I make bulk foods at the start of the week, or extras for dinner, to pack up for lunch. Roasted sweet potatoes, roasted beets, homemade soup and turkey burgers are staples for me. I also bring cottage cheese with blueberries for breakfast (I start early). An apple or banana, snap peas are usually my snacks.

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    Deb
    March 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

    As long as you watch portion size, some of the beef jerky that is available makes a nice high-protein snack, and can be kept in a desk for emergencies. Makes an alternative to the nuts you aren’t fond of.

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    Mike
    April 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    This sounds like a great plan Kenlie. Planning your meals at home and then taking them to work is a great way to stay healthy as it forces you to eat what you pack. I know that for me, if I pack a healthy lunch, I will be less likely to make that trip to the vending machine (which I haven’t done for several months now; yay me!) or travel outside to a local restaurant to get a lunch, which most likely won’t be healthy for me. I try and pack at least one item from each food group so that I have a well balanced meal at work. And you know, this tactic has worked for me for the past 2 years and I have rarely changed it. It also helps to make a list of healthy food to buy when you go grocery shopping and that will soon be regular routine and you will automatically head over to the fruits and veggies area when you walk in. This has really helped me a great deal. Hope it will help you as well! Good luck! 🙂

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