I like to keep easy staples on hand in my office kitchen so I don’t always have to worry about what I’m going to have for lunch (or a snack).
Some great basics:
- unsalted nuts
- dried fruit
- tuna [I prefer the packets so I don’t have to worry about a can opener, and packed in water instead of oil]
- almond milk [the shelf stable cartons are great to keep on hand for smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, etc.]
- rice cakes
- protein powder
- peanut butter
Having a variety of things on hand makes me more likely to have something nutritious while I’m in the office, and less likely to fall back on fast food or a not-as-great choice. I try to bring leftovers in, or meal prep ahead of time, to supplement my stash; since this is a holiday week, I didn’t want to grocery shop or meal prep so I’m heavily relying on what I’ve got on hand.
Today’s lunch wasn’t the most visually appealing option, but it was really good. I’m actually looking forward to having it again tomorrow.
I mixed one tuna packet with half of an over ripe avocado, smashed them together in a bowl. Mix in some seasoning (I keep salt, pepper, salad dressing, salsa, and hot sauce on hand for these situations) and spread on a rice cake. Seriously, this was crunchy, creamy, salty goodness. I mixed it with a cilantro lime dressing that I had in the fridge, and a little bit of salt and pepper.
Side Note: don’t judge me on the rice cake situation, I really don’t consider these diet food! I LOVE rice cakes. They’re crunchy, and the lightly salted ones go with everything. The flavored variety might not have as good nutritional stats but they’re still a really good option. Buttered popcorn, chocolate, caramel, ranch…seriously I would have a hard time giving up rice cakes!!
Happy lunch time!