She requested that I post a more flattering picture of her, and since I fear the wrath of Sadie, I had to oblige.
Now that that’s out of the way and I don’t have to worry about our apartment being covered in drool and feces, let’s move on to lunch, shall we?
After my appointment at the bridal boutique last night, I headed next door to browse around at The Fresh Market.
I stumbled upon Brie cheese for the reasonable price of $4 and picked some up to enjoy throughout the week.
Oh Brie, how I love thee.
I incorporated approximately 1.5 ounces of the cheese in a broccoli barley bowl for lunch today.
Three “B” Bowl!
For dessert I had a small brownie.
I made a small pan of brownies for the guy at work who helped me format our save the dates and had to sample one before they were devoured by the office freegans.
Healthy Food Ideas for Your First Time on Your Own
Last night my sister, Leslie, called me because she recently moved into an apartment for the summer and is now faced with the task of preparing her own meals for the first time in her life.
Leslie lives in her sorority house during the school year where the girls have all of their meals prepared for them, so though my sister will be a senior in college next year, this is the first time she’s been responsible for preparing her own breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. (Hello longest sentence ever!)
Leslie said she felt completely clueless as to what to make and since she wants to make healthy choices, she found herself eating plain, boring “rabbit” food because she didn’t know how to prepare simple, healthy dinners for herself.
I know exactly how she feels because when I graduated college and was faced with making my own meals for the first time, my entrées of choice were often Lean Cuisines, oatmeal or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I didn’t know where to begin!
We started brainstorming on the phone last night and I came up with the following ideas for simple, yet healthy meals she can prepare on a tight budget:
- Oatmeal with various add-ins (nuts, fruit, cinnamon, chocolate chips)
- Whole wheat waffles topped with bananas or sweetened ricotta cheese
- Whole wheat or protein pancakes
- Greek yogurt with granola, berries or nuts
- Eggs or an omelet with veggies and cheese and with whole wheat toast
- Egg sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin
- Whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and fruit
- Smoothies with yogurt (or protein powder), frozen fruit, milk and ice cubes
Lunch and Dinner
- Whole wheat pasta or ravioli beefed up with lots of steamed veggies
- Tuna, chicken or egg salad sandwiches with sliced green pepper or cucumber on the side
- Sloppy joes with lean ground beef
- Baked potato or sweet potato with cheese and veggies
- Tacos or taco salad
- Grilled cheese and vegetable soup
- BBQ meatloaf
- English muffin pizzas
- Flatbread pizza topped with lots of veggies
- Breakfast for dinner (see above options)
- Lean chicken sausage with peppers
Some of the ideas listed above may yield portions that are much too large for one person, so I suggested that my sister freeze the remainders of dishes such as sloppy joes or BBQ meatloaf to thaw and enjoy another time.
What were your eating habits like when you were first responsible for making your own meals? If you’re still in school, what are you eating habits like right now?