Bring it: Salad with grilled chicken, veggie dippers and hummus

One of the most effective healthy habits I’ve stuck with has been to bring lunch to work every day. Here’s why:

1. It saves money.

2. I can eat whenever I’m hungry.

3. Knowing I need to have a lunch for 5 days forces me to meal plan on the weekend and have a stocked fridge of healthy foods.

4. Packing my own lunch keeps me engaged with my food and gets my creative juices flowing.

These are just some of the benefits and the reason I plan to post my lunches weekly on the blog. I hear a lot of people say they don’t have time to pack lunch, but with a little effort put it on the weekend, most of my lunches come together in about 10 minutes. If I know I have a crazy week, I can even make containers for all the meals on Sunday, so all I have to do in the morning is grab and go.

This week my lunch, I’m sad to admit, is terribly boring. Even though I made it a priority to go food shopping the night I got back from India, I was beyond tired and only managed to grab things that looked easy to assemble and required no effort at Trader Joe’s. I promise, future weeks will feature more creative, bolder lunches.

Bring it: Salad with grilled chicken, veggie dippers and hummus

Salad:

1/2 bag (3-4 cups) of Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce & Raddicho

4 oz Trader Joe’s Grilled Chicken Strips

1 tomato, chopped

Dressing: lemon juice, salt & pepper

Veggie dippers & hummus:

1 serving (85 g) of sugar snap peas

1 serving (85 g) of baby carrots

4 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus

Sweet ending:

1 giant, juicy orange

All together the meal comes to about 465 calories.