On Mondays and Wednesdays I have class from 6-9pm so when I leave in the morning I basically take all three meals (plus snacks) with me. This isn’t unlike most other days where I pack breakfast and lunch and snacks, but the addition of dinner away is a little ridiculous so I thought I’d share what that looks like.
This is everything I ate last Wednesday…
This little morning ritual has completely changed my game. I eat a lot more frequently now with strategic snacks and the first is something as soon as I’m up. It’s usually a smoothie with 1 banana, frozen spinach, 2 cups almond milk, scoop of raw protein powder and tons of cinnamon. Plus coffee with soy creamer. I don’t count this as breakfast because I’m going to eat something more substantial in a few hours…
10 or 11a Brunch?
My pre-breakfast helps to hold me over until mid-morning when I have my snack or breakfast or… let’s just call it brunch. Back before my strategic snacking days this is right around the time I’d be starving for lunch and I’d eat it and then be out of snacks until dinner and it SUCKED. It’s just not sustainable. So now I have something pretty substantial around this time and then a much later lunch. This is baked banana bread oatmeal, which is just 1/2 cup of oats, 1 mashed ripe banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, walnuts and cinnamon baked in a greased ramekin for about 20-25 minutes. I make it the night before and just reheat it in the microwave at work.
1 or 2p Lunch
Since I have a snack later in the morning I eat lunch much later too. Usually some kind of whole grain with veggies and beans or tofu. On this particular day I had whole wheat pasta with chickpeas and then whatever veggies I had on hand (broccoli salad and zucchini). There’s nothing fancy going on here. I just put raw veggies in there and they kind of steam when I microwave it at work. Then I toss it in olive oil, lemon and tons of black pepper.
3 or 4p Afternoon Snack
This snack is so crucial because it’s what holds me over through a workout (or on these long days my evening coding class) until dinner. Sometimes it’s a Larabar or fruit and peanut butter. This particularly hideous snack is greek yogurt with chopped dates and cinnamon. This is often accompanied by a shot of espresso and some chocolate-covered goji berries we keep in the office.
I look forward to coming home to cook dinner after a day of work, but on class days I have to plan ahead and bring it with me because there’s no way in hell I’ll make it until 9pm without a meal. It’s usually just a hodgepodge of whatever grains and beans and veggies I have on hand. This combo is quinoa, tomato basil lentils, peppers and baked tofu.
That’s it! If you’re curious about workouts, I’m doing Kayla Itsines’ 12-week program so I do a 30-minute circuit workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then 30-45 minutes of standard cardio on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I try to do it early in the morning, but sometimes I cram it in my lunch break or just go after work if I don’t have class. Sunday is rest day.