Mastering Lunch On The Go

It’s not unusual for me to be running from one meeting to the next with no time to eat a proper lunch. In the past, I’d pull up to a drive-thru and order a burger and fries. Nice way to throw all my daily calories into a single meal, right?

I need a strategy.

Checking out the North Shore and skimming through open houses with my husband today was a perfect test run. We had a limited amount of time and needed to get back in time for my son’s hockey game (they won 6-0 btw, nice shut out shout out to Matt!). No time for lunch.

First rule – eat a hearty breakfast. 8:30a: My typical light breakfast wasn’t going to hold me over. However, the weekend big breakfast is out of the question. What’s a chubby girl to do? Make a breakfast burrito of course. I threw in a bunch of peppers, onions, cilantro and spinach with scrambled eggs. I threw that into a tortilla with a slice of lean ham and low fat slice of Colby jack cheese. 8 points and 228 calories.  The best thing is that this is something I could probably eat at a hotel or something similar to fill me up.

Now comes lunch – fiber and protein. 12:30p:  I’ll be honest, this isn’t  much of a lunch, but it did hold me over and staved off the h-angries. My husband appreciated it. Anyway, lunch consisted of an orange I split with Tom and half a peanut butter and chocolate protein bar.  I know this is crazy because it only comes in at 3 points and 160 calories. But, when nutritionists talk about fiber and protein filling you up, it is true.

Second rule – prepare for late afternoon snack. 4:00p: How I wasn’t hungrier is beyond me. Only a third into my points and calories for the day I should have been about ready to rip the heads off anyone that came near me. Instead, I only felt a little pang. Unable to eat until at least 7:00p, after the hockey game, I pulled out carrots and spinach kale corn chips with hummus. What’s nice about this is that it is exactly the type thing I could grab at a market while traveling. 5 points and 245 calories

Third rule – hydrate with tea. All day: Water is necessary. I’ve been drinking a lot of water. I’m getting very sick of water.  Adding in flavors tastes like I’m drinking sugar water. I started switching to tea.  Hot tea in the morning, hot tea at night.  Iced tea during the day. The trick is to keep to the herbal teas as much as possible to lower the caffeine intake. I am a tea freak anyway, having a cupboard full of teas from David’s, Teavana, and the Chinese market. Peach teas, berry teas, lemon ginger, mint, green tea, earl grey, it goes on and on. What is great is that tea seems to hold back my hunger better than plain water and I can make different flavors without getting bored.  Drink tea!

Wrap up – exercise and dinner. PM: Getting home from hockey I threw on my running shoes and mixed it up between the treadmill and elliptical for intervals and muscle work. After 40 minutes I trekked upstairs and scarfed down a chef salad with lean meat, low fat closed-ringscheese, and tons of veggies.

It’s about 9:30p as I write this and I am not hungry. Nutritionists may not be happy with me as I only ate about 900 calories. I still can grabby that Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich or Skinny Girl Popcorn. We’ll see if I’m hungry enough to do so in a bit.

By the way – I closed all my Apple Watch Rings today!