Since I’ve been back to work for a few months now, I wanted to share a few thoughts on lunch. I’ve been spoiled with the ability to cook almost all of my meals fresh, at home, right before eating. Going back to this lunch packing thing, combined with far less time to actually make food all together, called for some new ideas on how to give my lunches some much needed love.
Did you know that digestion actually starts in your brain? Smelling, seeing, and touching food brings on hunger and causes digestive juices, enzymes, and saliva production to kick into high gear, preparing the body for some awesome digestion action. Enabling this “pre-digestive” process gives the digestive system a head start and a little extra help to make sure that all of this beautiful food that you eat is broken down, absorbed, and put to good use. It’s more than just what you eat.
This is where cooking or “prepping” food makes total sense! In addition to getting to eat home made goodness, the ability to interact with the food before eating gets the body all fired up and ready to go. I’ve been trying to find ways to do this at lunch, and it actually turns out to be pretty simple. Having access to a decent paring knife, whole fruit and veggies can be sliced and diced fresh into your lunch. A few extra containers will help transport all of the ingredients separately, preventing them from getting all mixed up and soggy. With a few minutes of packing the evening before and 5 minutes of prep before lunch, putting it all together is almost like making your meal fresh at home. Good for digestion and deliciousness.
Finding the time to make lunch can be tough and I will tell you that the salad bar in my office building is my good friend. I just wanted to share this post as a reminder (to myself included) that homemade lunch rocks and a tiny bit of extra effort goes a long way.
- 1/2 cup cooked black rice, cooked the night before
- 1 ataulfo mango
- 1 avocado
- 2 Tbsp. kimchi
- 1/4 cup broccoli, alfalfa, or clover sprouts
- 2 Tbsp. green onions, thinly sliced the night before
- 1 lime
- soy sauce and sriracha, to season (optional)
- Place the rice in a large plate or bowl, and gently warm it up if you want (ok but not necessary).
- Slice the mango and avocado on top of the rice.
- Arrange kimchi, sprouts, and onions on top.
- Squeeze the lime juice over it all, and season with soy sauce and sriracha if you wish. I find that there's enough salt and spice in the kimchi, but you will need to season if omitting it.