Packing awesome lunches is no easy task- whether it be for school, for work or for airplanes.
Eating healthy when you are out of your own kitchen can be challenging and eating healthfully while travelling can be right near impossible. My mother got herself on the “harass-a-plenty” list when she failed to declare her apple at security when going into the States which is really just dumb because you can buy an apple as soon as you cross security that you can take onto the plane with you.
Packing a lunch for travelling requires a ridiculous amount of thought. I have had small containers of almond butter and hummus confiscated because I supposed they fell into the ‘gel’ category. I always travel with a small bottle of coconut oil. The oil is usually solid when I leave Toronto and so not a problem, but if I come from somewhere warm to return home, will be liquid and so it becomes banned. See… silly?
The solution to my travel lunch challenge whether it be for school, work or travel is rice. A rice bowl is my meal of choice. It is easy to explain what it is should anyone ask, it doesn’t require a knife, it is mess and smell free and totally delicious.
For our recent flight to BC, my man made us our plane lunches (Ladies- get yourself a nutritionist for a boyfriend, I highly recommend it!). He cooked our rice with turmeric, grilled some veggies (which you could also steam on top of the cooking rice for a one-potter some raw goodies, a little lemon wedge and some sea salt.
As for school/work lunches, this is also perfect. Cook up a big pot of grains at the beginning of the week, grill/steam/sautee your veggies in advance too and the night before put them together, add your sauce or dressing of choice and shazam.
Easy peezy packed lunch. And seriously, who doesn’t love a great rice bowl? Who? Hmm… that’s what I thought.
Travel With Me Rice Bowl
1/2 cup brown rice or grain of choice
2-3 slices sweet potato, steamed, grilled or baked
2-3 slices zucchini, steamed, grilled or baked
3 slices avocado
3-4 mushrooms sauteed or grilled
handful of fresh sprouts, spinach greens, tomato and/or whatever other raw veggie you have around
Wedge of lemon
Sea salt to taste
You don’t get directions for this one. You’re smart. You can figure it out.
Question Of The Day: What is your all time favourite packable lunch for school, work or travel?