Lunch was always my least favorite meal of the day. I used to be a pretty picky eater, and I’m sure my mom pulled her hair out trying to find something that I’d actually eat at school. Sandwiches were off-limits. Any kind of deli meat or eggsalad… no way. I didn’t even like PB&J (I know, what was wrong with me, right?!) I survived on cold pasta salads, veggie roll-ups and…. I don’t know, fruit?
But one thing was for sure, I always needed snacks. Not necessarily cookies or bad-for-you food, just something else to round out my meal.
And although now I eat PB&J, I still need snacks to eat throughout the day. My meals are not complete unless they have at least three (preferably FOUR) parts to it. It’s not that I need a lot of food, but I like to have a lot of components of food. I like to eat my lunches in stages. I usually eat my lunch over the span of four hours or so. I like to draaaaag it out.
Let’s dissect my lunch from today, shall we?
The Morning Snack
Today, I actually didn’t have one, but usually I have some crackers or something to tide me over til lunch. Today, I just had a few cups of tea to keep my mouth happy.
The Main Event
I had leftover Eggplant Parmesan today. Some whole wheat penne with Trader Joe’s Eggplant and some sauce and cheese on top. Yum.
Some red and green organic grapes for some afternoon sweetness. I also love grapes because they have a little bit of a crunch.
The Afternoon Boredom Fixer
Today I have a portion of baby carrots if I get hungry around 4:30. This will likely tide me over til dinner, which will probably be at 7pm. If I eat a snack before I go home, I avoid digging in and ruining my dinner appetite later!
The Just in Case
I usually have extra snacks. You know, in case I die of hunger from exerting so much energy sitting at a desk all day long. I have a cheese stick and some mixed nuts as options. Sometimes I’ll swap these for something above.
I also have instant oatmeal and goldfish in my drawers too. “Just in case”. Sometimes I peek over at what other people have for lunch. A salad, a sandwich, cup of soup. And I always ask. “Is that ALL you’re eating?” And they look at me like I have three heads. I mean a sandwich would NEVER be enough for me to have all day. I’d need pickles on the side, some fruit, some cucumber slices…. anything to round it out.
My only consolation is that at least my components are all fairly healthy. right? Am I alone here?
[EDITED TO ADD: The above picture was found by google image searching for “No Sandwich” haha].