Day in the Life: Work Food

[One of the occasional series of posts about my typical day.]

I’ve debated whether to include the typical sort of food I eat or not.  As it happens, I am.  But you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to :)

Mostly I pack a lunch and snacks when I head out in the morning.  I alternate between:

  • Leftovers
  • Sandwiches
  • Microwavable frozen food
  • Going out for lunch

…which I supplement with fresh fruit and some veggies, plus whatever’s in my desk.  Yes,  I tend to keep some food at work. Right now in my desk there’s:

  • An apple
  • Bag of beef jerky
  • Can of cashews
  • Can of chicken soup
  • 3 Luna bars
  • Jar of peanut butter
  • Jar of Dove chocolates

+ 1 beef enchilada TV dinner in the freezer.
+ leftover chicken enchilada & rice in the fridge.

Why so many choices?  Simply put, I often find “non-breakfast” food to be completely unappetizing at the time I’m making my lunch.   Yes, if I’m taking in leftovers, they’re packaged the night before – but I may not find them appetizing the next day, either.  For years I was one of those people who would eat out every day. This was bolstered by having a dozen subsidized company cafeterias within walking distance.

Later I had no cafeteria, but was working in a neighborhood with two grocery stores & a dozen restaurants serving lunches ranging from $5 to $25, all within 5 blocks.

Now I work at a smallish company.  No subsidized cafeteria.  We’re  located in a suburban office park; there’s about 5 food vendors within walking distance, with lunch options ranging from $9 to $25.  I don’t dislike them, but every day is boring and expensive.

My solution is:

  1. Have some lunch options at work,
  2. Take a lunch with me most days…
  3. …that will keep in the fridge if end up not eating it.

I don’t claim it’s perfect or unique, but it works for me, which is the point.  :)  So far this week, lunches have been:

  • Ham and mustard-seed Gouda sandwich on whole wheat with mayo, an apple, and a piece of celery with peanut butter
  • Green Giant combo of sugar snap peas, black beans, soy beans, & carrots with toast, piece of chocolate
  • A chicken enchilada with rice & salad

Afternoon snacks have included:

  • PB&J, an apple, and a piece of chocolate
  • Celery with peanut butter & a plum
  • A brownie & a banana

Sometimes I will have a piece of fruit in the morning, too – all depends on how I’m feeling.  One advantage of this method is that I can tailor things to how I’m feeling.  :)   I do make a conscious effort to eat the fruit, sandwiches, and leftovers I bring in within a few days because they don’t keep well.  The other stuff may sit for weeks before I eat it!

(The chocolate is also shared with  my boss those who work for me.  In fact they sometimes replenish it.  ;)

2 thoughts on “Day in the Life: Work Food

  1. Food in the desk makes life so much easier: my food drawer currently has a bag of pistachios, a canister of almonds, three pop top cans of tuna in olive oil and two salmon pouches. I used to have Luna bars in there too (Chocolate Peppermint Stick and S’Mores), but got bored with them. I also keep a jar of peanut butter and a jar of strawberry jam in the staff room fridge. I don’t keep fresh fruit in my desk because I worry that I’ll forget it and come back to a biology experiment…

  2. Yeah, I tend to be cautious about fruit I take in, and to not leave it over the weekend.

    (I don’t always eat at my desk, but I do it enough that I also keep Method cleaning wipes and wipe down my desk occasionally! :)

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