A food post about lunch during quarantine! Here we go!
Do any long-time blog readers remember when I used to put up a “What I Ate Wednesday” post every single week? I know. That was a lot of work, and that was before Brady. 🙂
I’ve got to be honest, you guys love those types of posts, but I don’t. I feel like I get a little stressed if I know I have to take a picture of everything I’m eating in a day. But I do want to share more of my food with you, because you seem to enjoy it. And that’s where this post came about.
What I’ve been eating for lunch during quarantine
Truth be told, I’d eat these meals whether we were in quarantine or not, but it makes for a good headline to the post.
And remember, these are totally iPhone casual shots. I didn’t actually take any of these pictures with plans to share them on the blog, but they remained on my phone, so we’re going to go with it.
A few quick notes:
- I don’t have the macronutrient or calorie count for these meals, because I don’t track those things. But I do ensure that I choose to load up with a lot of color and always account for carbohydrates, protein and fat. I use similar plates and always fill up the whole plate, so that covers my portion sizing.
- All of these meals are incredibly easy to assemble. Nothing is really made from scratch, but nothing is super processed either.
- I repeat foods a lot throughout the week, then I tend to switch it up the following week. But overall, I work through a small rotation of foods — enough variety to get plenty of nutrients — but limited enough so that I don’t have decision fatigue.
- I usually eat two eggs with my lunch, but if I’ve worked out in the morning and had a protein shake a little before lunch-time, then I have one egg. I eat a lot of eggs. Eggs are so good, and I always buy pasture-raised.
Let’s get to the meals …
Healthy lunches prepared at home
Half of a Daily Harvest artichoke veggie flatbread, sauerkraut, half of an avocado and two eggs, covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric. (By the way, you can use the code ALADYGOESWEST for $25 off your first order from Daily Harvest — they have so much to choose from.)
A Vital Proteins collagen shot, a bag of Hilary’s Eat Well Greek veggie and millet mixture, an egg, some dried beet chips and guacamole, all covered in salsa, sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.
Two Hilary’s Eat Well original veggie burgers, broccoli rice with guacamole on top, and an egg, covered in salsa, sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.
A super creamy and delicious Daily Harvest cacao and avocado smoothie mixed with Ripple pea protein milk. This is probably my favorite smoothie EVER, and I’m currently out of this flavor and need to order more right away. It’s so thick.
A baked purple sweet potato, an egg, half of a bag of Hilary’s Eat Well Greek veggie and millet mixture and guacamole, all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.
Two eggs, dried beet chips, half of an avocado and a bag of Cascadian Farms mixed veggies, all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.
Two Qrunch quinoa veggie burgers topped with salsa, an egg, half of an avocado and some dried pumpkin chips, covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.
Half of a bag of Cascadian Farms sweet potato, cauliflower and kale mixture, an egg, dried beet chips and guacamole, all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.
A Daily Harvest sweet potato and onion veggie flatbread, dried beet chips and an egg.
A small baked purple sweet potato, an egg, mixed veggies and guacamole all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.
Healthy take-out lunches
For the first six weeks of quarantine, we didn’t get any take-out really, besides sushi on Friday nights.
But then, a couple of our favorite spots opened up for pick-up, and then we added take-out lunches to the weekend and got something from a restaurant almost every Saturday. We’ve almost always done take-out or gone to a restaurant for a casual Saturday lunch so it felt right to continue with that, because we eat every other meal at home during the week.
Here are the highlights …
We’ve gotten Chipotle delivered for lunch a few times, and it’s so good. This is the vegan bowl with sofritas added, and I also had a warm soft tortilla with it on the side. Mmmm.
This picture doesn’t do this salad justice, because it’s a super-deep bowl and includes so much sustenance. This is the avocado and quinoa salad from Mendocino Farms, and I ate it with a soft warm tortilla on the side. I’ve had this salad several times, and I love it. It has a little kick too.
This is my go-to weekend lunch, and it’s the beets and avocado bowl from Urban Plates, and I get it with tofu added. So delicious and nutritious. I had it this past weekend too.
Does anyone else need a sweet bite after lunch? After every single lunch — take-out or made at home — I have a coconut-covered or cacao-covered date, and usually a second collagen tea latte too.
Most of the meals above were pictured, because they looked decent enough to share on Instagram stories. But there have been plenty of lunches that haven’t even been that worthy.
- PBJ. Who doesn’t love a PBJ? Dave and I have both been eating them occasionally. I use Ezekiel bread, almond butter and any kind of preserves. I also like my bread toasted, with a heavy nut butter ratio.
- Lentil pasta. Whenever I make a lentil pasta bowl for lunch, it ends up looking so gross. But boy it tastes good. I use the red lentil pasta from Trader Joe’s, any kind of marinara sauce, and I add an egg on top. I mean, it’s so delicious and filling.
- Eggs and toast. Would you believe that the only meal I don’t eat eggs for is breakfast? But almost always for lunch and often with dinner. Eggs and Ezekiel bread toast has been an easy and quick lunch in a pinch.
That concludes our food post!
Thank you so much for coming by the blog to see what I’ve been eating for lunch during quarantine. If you’d like to see more food pictures in real time, I often share them on my Instagram stories. See you back here soon, my friends.
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Questions of the day
What do you usually eat for lunch?
Do you ever take pictures of your meals?
What’s something you are excited about this week?