I asked him to stop at the grocery store for me after work, and among the things he brought home was one of the things I hate the most: Lunchables.
Lunchables? Seriously?!? He knows very well how I feel about those things! They are anti- Clean Eating, and anti-food! They are bento’s evil twin!
What my husband didn’t know was that I had already packed his lunch for the next day, and it was a delicious lunch of Homemade Chicken Nuggets (ha!), veggies, fruit, hummus, and fried rice.
Once he found out he was getting *real* chicken nuggets for lunch, he thought it would be funny to do a side by side comparison of the two ( ahem) lunches:
Our lunches ( because I had the same thing for my lunch) contain: chicken nuggets made of ground chicken breast; fried rice with carrots, lean ham, and edamame; cantaloupe with blueberries and strawberries ( under the cantaloupe flowers); celery, radish star, mini tomatoes stuffed with lite cream cheese, and hummus to dip the veggies in.
The Chicken Dunks Lunchable contains: 4 chicken nuggets, ketchup -with added starch ( ! ), an Airheads candy, and a Capri Sun drink. Hard to believe, but see for yourself:
I feel sorry for the kid who gets that for lunch. That is a snack, at best, but a very unhealthy one.
Here’s how the lunches look side by side:
The biggest part of the Lunchables lunch was actually the Capri Sun! See why I call it Bento’s Evil Twin? Sheesh! And the only vegetable in that meal is the ketchup “with starch added”!
Once I got into the habit of cutting fruits and vegetables with mini cutters instead of a knife, and preparing proteins and starches a week in advance, it became a lot easier to pack healthy lunches for us all. In fact, when I realized our son was going in to work with my husband this morning, I quickly threw together some healthy food for him to take as he waited by the front door. It didn’t look as good as our lunches, but he got fried rice, a chicken and cream cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread, some fruit, and a frozen smoothie. I threw his lunch quickly into an Easy Lunch Box, and he was out the door!
Packing lunches is a routine I’ve developed as part of my busy schedule. I make the time to prepare food because it’s important to my family, and contrary to what some people believe, I don’t have to put a lot of time into it… but sometimes I do, SOMEtimes… because I love to have fun with our food, and I love to make my family happy : )
Since it is What’s For Lunch Wednesday, I need to tell you all what I’m eating today:
breakfast – rice, super lean sausage, and egg ( and some strawberries, not pictured) :
snack – a Right Light protein shake ( in my favorite Fit n Fresh shaker):
lunch – a bento, a lot like my husbands pictured above ( I just didn’t want to take any more photos) but with less food. Mine has 3/4 cup fried rice, 4 nuggets, 1 cup fruit, and 1 cup veggies.
snack – egg salad ( 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, greek yogurt, lite mayo, pickle relish, celery) with a radish garnish, and 1/2 cup cherries:
dinner – cassoulet ( a french bean and sausage stew), salad, and a GF roll
Exercise: yoga : )
Here’s some of the things I used to pack lunches and snacks today: