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There have been weeks when I’ve gone out to lunch Monday through Friday, without even blinking an eye. Partly to get out of the office, partly because it felt like making my own lunch was too much work. After awhile (which consisted of over $300/mo on solely work-lunch food and about 5-7 extra pounds), I made the decision to bring food for myself 4 days a week with one cheat day. I experimented with lots of different recipes and combinations until I found a rhythm that supports my lifestyle. I found that I didn’t even like bringing Sunday night’s leftover Thai because it bogged me down too much throughout the day. This ‘recipe for success’ will without-a-doubt leave you energized and satisfied. Watch the below video I made with LEAFtv to see how it’s done:

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When working a full day or being at school for hours, it’s important to get a healthy combination of fats, protein, carbohydrates and sugars (like fruit). If you remember the one healthy eating rule I shared last week, you’ll know that the healthiest thing we can do is cook for ourselves rather than let ‘industry’ cook for us. Restaurants add extra oils, butter and salt to almost everything they prepare (which is why it always tastes so amazing). When we make things ourselves, we know exactly what’s going in it. A healthy combination of nutrient-dense & protein-rich salad, veggies with a healthy dip like hummus, fruit & even a little piece of dark chocolate is perfect for a day away from home. The salad below is loaded with health benefits and doesn’t require refrigeration for up to 5 hours! Watch how it’s done:

The Lunchbox Salad (about 3 servings)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 cup lentils
1/4 cup black beans
1/2 cup kale, chopped
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
Feta cheese, crumbled (to preference)
Olive oil (about 1 tbsp)
S + P (to taste)

Instructions:
1. Layer all ingredients in a bowl
2. Toss & season to taste
3. Enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

*Lunchbox by Bentgo

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