What’s In Your Lunchbox?
In a perfect world, I’d rotate my daily lunch between visits at Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, and fancy new American cafes serving up artisan paninis and perfectly composed salads. Of course, in a perfect world I’d also have unlimited cash money and the metabolism of a thousand suns. Unfortunately, neither is the case, so I make do just as millions of Americans do: I bring my lunch to work.
In my real life I work an eight-hour day
in an office like millions of other Americans. Actually, that’s not quite right. In my real life, I stand at a computer screen in a hotel for eight straight hours. That kind of day requires for some real planning when it comes to lunch and snacking. For starters, it requires a vesicle to transport said lunch and snacks. I guess you could go with a paper bag or a used grocery bag, but as any kid-at-heart will tell you, nothing will beat a classic lunchbox. I personally rock a vintage Star Wars lunchbox:
Of course, any classic lunchbox must be filled with the correct balance of nutrition and treats. The former, to power you physically through the day; the latter, to keep you looking forward to breaks that come in lulls between the action and dips in productive periods. A well-built lunch is anchored by a sandwich. I like to mix up my combos, sometimes going classic, other times going eclectic. I build my sandwiches with combos like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Peanut Butter and Pickles, and Cream Cheese and Cucumbers. They’re cheap, relatively nutritious, and combine a good mix in flavors. Of course, customization is key, which is why I use my handy-dandy Millennium Falcon Sandwich cuter.
It’s not always so pretty though. Leftovers are an ugly necessity in life, and oftentimes, they just beg to be stuck between two pieces of bread with whatever condiments I can find. Anyone wanna venture a guess as to what mystery meat is in this creation?
Granola Bars are also a staple in any well-built lunch. I’ve graduated from the Quaker bars of my childhood, and moved onto something with a little more punch. I like something with a little protein, but also some density. I’m a big fan of Kashi’s TLC Bars, including the Dark Mocha Almond Bar.
Gotta get some veggies in there too. Hey, you didn’t just think I lunched on junk all day, did ya? On some days I’ll rock a pre-made salad of lima beans, corn, and canned tomatoes (succotash, anyone?), but as far as I’m concerned, there are few things that can beat a baggie of baby carrots.
OK, this lunch is starting to look too healthy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but how is a rice cake is gonna fire me up at 2:30pm as the lobby of the hotel goes absolutely, straight-up dead? That kind of boredom requires a little on-the-job exploring. On some days I may wander over to the vending machines. On others, I may poke my head around the company fridge, eyeing the items that have been in there so long somebody is just begging me to eat them. Today I got lucky though; one of my coworkers bought a flavor of chips she ended up disliking (Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili, good stuff) so I scored the rest of the bag.
By the time 4:00pm rolls around my blood sugar is getting dangerously low, and I’m starting to lose motivation to get me through the final hour of the workday. This isn’t just crunch time, it’s treat time. But getting off the clock is just half the battle, seeing as though I’ve got a mile and a half hike (and by hike, I actually mean a hike). To get me through that, and to celebrate another long day on the job, only the comfort of a cookie will do. Chocolate Chip? Don’t mind if I do!
Well, there you have it. Now that you’ve seen what’s in my lunchbox… What kinds of treats get you through your workday?