Lauren is a registered dietitian with a practice based in NYC and is the author behind the fabulous Foodtrainers blog. Her content always delivers with great topics that really get my wheels turning. So, I highly recommend adding it to your blog list, if it isn’t there already.
And folks, today is a good day. We’ve actually double-teamed to offer you back-to-back lunch box action. After this post, head on over to Foodtrainers for another lunch-inspired post plus a chance at a great giveaway.
Now, let’s get to it. An in-depth look into Lauren’s lunch bag:
The Foodtrainers lunch-packing philosophy: We do our best to get clients excited about bringing their lunch. She does warn about the dangers of under-packing: Two slices of turkey and some measly amount of raw veggies isn’t going to leave you satisfied. Better to have a nice solid lunch than snack the afternoon away.
The hardware : I use a cloth eco bag or one of my market bags. Favorites include Chicobags, NYMouth or Organic Avenue market bags.
Favorite accessories: Reusables, like the Black + Blum bento boxes or lunch pails. Glass also features prominently in the Foodtrainers lunch bag: Takeya water bottles, Strawesome glass straws and mason jars are common accessories. When I use glass containers, I always rubberband them. Ladies, be careful putting lunch in your purse. After a quinoa post, a friend emailed: Quinoa and Prada – not a good combination.
Practical protein choices: Leftovers such as poached wild salmon, lime or lemon chicken, grassfed beef meatloaf or lentils. I love tuna in a jar, it’s such a go-to item for our clients. No BPAs and much better taste.
Healthy fats of choice: There’s never a shortage of avocados in my house. I also love hemp hearts sprinkled on a salad, walnut oil, sunflower oil or a delicious olive oil.
Never in your lunch bag: You will never find bread. I’m allergic to wheat and just not a sandwich girl. I think people fallback on the sandwich and I need more vegetable action. I’ll use collard green leaves to make wraps – Love this idea.
Favorite snacks right now: Green juices, pumpkin seeds, curry cashews and Olove Olive packs. You can find Olove packs as pictured above, on the Foodtrainers shop here.
How do you keep yourself and clients motivated about packing nourishing lunches? Cook in large batches. We always make extra chili, steamed or roasted veggies and I make a lunch container as I’m putting away the food. I advise clients to make, on Sunday, a grain, a green and a protein…you can go a long way with those 3.
Are you an under-packer? What’s in your lunch-bag today?
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