Vending machine 1, Me 0
So I totally flopped on packing my lunch today. I woke up in a hurry, wasn't overly hungry, nothing sounded good so I grabbed some cut-up cantaloupe, a serving of cinnamon applesauce and a fork. I thought, well I have that trail mix that has been sitting in my bag forever (sounds appetizing already) and the string cheese I didn't eat yesterday.
It turns out that by lunch time I didn't want cantaloupe or applesauce. So today for lunch I ate:
- 1 string cheese
- 1 bag chili-cheese Frito's
- 1 piece cake (courtesy of the cake party at work)
Bad me. I should have grabbed one of my frozen TJ rice bowls. I buy the Lemongrass and chicken, Chicken vindaloo, Kung Pao chicken, and Thai Red Curry with shrimp rice bowls as well as a noodle bowl involving sesame and ginger…I found the teriyaki bowls to be way too sweet for my taste, the Massaman curry was too hot and a spinach with tandoori chicken unmemorable. Typically I avoid frozen meals with rice, I don't end up liking the texture (growing up eating long grain brown rice might have something to do with that hang-up). If I buy frozen meals at the grocery store I get Healthy Choice (Flavor Adventures line have proven decent) looking for pasta, meat cut in small chunks and avoiding cheese and anything involving side dishes (or dessert). Lean Cuisine has a some decent meals as well, but some are barely 200 calories and if I am grabbing a frozen meal I don't want to worry about a snack as well (same goes for Weight Watchers Smart Ones). I avoid Marie Calendar meals because if I am going to eat something with that much fat (the Alfredo is supposed to be good) give me cream, butter and Parmesan cheese not a frozen version.
A couple people have asked for my lunch ideas. I promise I will share them soon and I hope others will share their lunch ideas too.