Lunch Confusion

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Some days I eat a lunch like the one above and I feel like a responsible adult who makes wise, healthy choices.

Other days I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a side of animal crackers.

Lunch is a weird meal for me to wrap my head around sometimes.  I need it to be fairly simple in terms of preparation and clean up because I never think about what I’m going to eat for lunch until about 3 minutes before I’m ready to eat.  But I also need it to be a) yummy; b) filling; and c) healthy.

Yesterday I nailed it—a leftover sweet potato from Sunday’s dinner and a simple mixed green salad with homemade salad dressing.  But there are just as many days when my lunch is the crusts from Q’s unfinished sandwich, a cheese stick, and a granola bar I grab on my way out the door at 3PM when I realize I never ate a good lunch and I’m starving.  Not ideal.

I’m working on thinking about lunches specifically when I grocery shop, so that instead of piecing together weird meals from leftovers and kids’ school snacks, I can actually eat a nice meal more often.

What are your favorite lunch ideas?

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