All these lunches (and dinners, and breakfasts, and snacks!) for these kids! It's a wonder I have time to eat too! Honestly, I don't always have time - it's often a few bites of what's left on somebody's breakfast plate before I head out door. Or I roll up a piece of ham to eat in the car on the way to school. Sometimes I finish their lunches when I pick them up at school. I know, it's a little sad - but what mom doesn't do this? 'Tis the life I chose!
When I do manage to think ahead enough to pack food for myself too, it sure does make my day easier. If I know I'm going to be out running around all day I will try to pack something to take along for myself. Sometimes it's just a bag of nuts and raisins, sometimes I throw a few slices of ham and cheese and apple in a bag on my way out the door. If there's scrambled eggs left from breakfast I might throw that in a container with a little mayo, and a few crackers in a bag. So, usually, simple stuff.
But sometimes I pack myself an actual lunch. My lunches are usually some kind of leftovers. I eat leftovers for lunch at home practically every day, so when I pack my lunch to take it along it's usually the same kind of stuff, just served up in a nice tidy box and eaten cold (sometimes out of my lap in the car!). Whatever protein I cook for dinner, I always cook extra. It's really easy and quick to whip up a healthy lunch for yourself if you've got cooked chicken or fish in the fridge - and I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have a nice curry chicken salad, or a salmon & kale salad, versus a boring old sandwich! The rest of my lunch is often the same as what I've given the kids - I might fix a salad for myself and a quesadilla for them, but we're all getting the same carrots and apples, or crackers and cheese, or raisins. I'm not making an entirely different lunch, just keeping the main part more grown up friendly.
And as much as I love our Easy Lunchboxes for my kids lunch, I have to say I might love them even more for mine. I don't know about you, but portion control is seriously my biggest food problem. I eat healthy food - I just have a hard time knowing when to stop. Having it all portioned out into this tidy box definitely does help me. It's plenty of food, planned out ahead of time, and it keeps me from going back for more.
Here are just a few of my lunches for you, for a little change of pace from all the kid stuff! (I swear I eat more often than this - I just don't always take a picture of mine - I'll try to be better at that!).
I hope seeing some of my lunches helps give you a few ideas. It's important to take care of yourself too!
If you're wondering where I get the stuff I use to pack my lunches with - look no further, I've gathered them all up in one easy place for you.