• Mckenzie Dow

Lacklustre Lunchbox No More!

Let's talk about lunch. When working all day, a good lunch each day is essential. It helps your body maintain energy to get all your stuff done, and lunchtime is a great way to socialise with co-workers and make new friends.

Lately I have been WAY off my lunchbox game. My fellow Assistant Psychologists always pack the healthiest and cutest lunches there are. Then I show up with a bag of crisps and a dodgy yogurt that's probably too close to its expiration date.

Now that I finally have my own kitchen back after our big move, I have decided to challenge myself to really amp up my lunchbox game with healthy(ish) and delicious food. This way my belly won't be grumbling during meetings and I'll have some fabulous lunchbox bragging rights (not really, these girls are hard to top).

I've picked some simple recipes that I want to try to whip up for my lunchbox pleasure in the coming weeks I'm so excited to see how they turn out, and will probably put them up for a Broke Baking post (ABOUT TIME). Click on any of the listed lunchbox delights and it will bring you to the recipe! I'm not creative enough to come up with new recipes on my own (just yet) so I've done some researching around the web for things I might like!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Balls

I am a fiend for chocolate so of course I've got to have some in my lunchbox. These chocolate oat balls seem like a perfect option for me. They involve peanut butter which I love, and plenty of chocolate. The recipe looks relative easy and its from Buzzfeed so you know there's a video to go along.

Up next...a bit of Italy!

Caprese Bites

I was thinking I could adapt this recipe from Yummly.

Rather than staggering the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, I would use a tooth pick and stack them into a few yummy treats for a week of fun lunches. I would then sprinkle them with the balsamic vinegar. I LOVE balsamic vinegar!!

This snack will fit perfectly into the snack compartments of my lunchbox.

Peanut Butter and Banana Tortilla Roll-Ups

I may possibly be the biggest fan of any peanut butter and banana combo that's out there, so this quick recipe was a no brainer. Instead of using granola, I would probably just toss in the oats and maybe some pomegranate seeds to change things up!

So, I'll start with the Chocolate Peanut Butter balls this week, and try the other two recipes in the weeks following. These recipes aren't exactly the healthiest, but they aren't completely lacking in nutritional value either. I always try to supplement my lunch boxes with fresh veggies (often carrot sticks, or some spinach with my sandwich) and fruits (typically raspberries, grapes, or strawberries).

Stay tuned for the return of broke baking!

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