You’re sitting in lecture when suddenly, your stomach wakes up from its nap with a roar loud enough for your neighbors to hear. “Didn’t I just feed you?!” you mutter quietly to your belly button. You wonder how much time you have after class to grab food. There’s always the vending machines, or the sandwich shop across the street. An image of your sad wallet scoots its way into your vision. Am I going crazy, or did my wallet just shed a tear?
We’ve all been in this situation. You’re hungry and on campus. How many times have you spent money on lunch? By packing your lunch for school every day, you are not only making smarter money choices, but healthier food choices.
By “road less traveled,” Robert Frost actually meant for you to follow the path of the lunch packing people. I’ve compiled some tips and photos to assist and inspire you on your journey ahead.
I don’t like to bring extra baggies or containers, so I’ve purchased a few containers that come with separate compartments.
If there are leftovers from dinner, pack them up in your lunch! This works best if you have access to a microwave. My lunches are always food I do not mind eating cold or room temperature due to the unavailability of microwaves on campus.
I prefer packing my lunch in the morning when I’m making my breakfast because then I have more of an idea of what I would like to eat that day.
When I’m running low on time or inspiration, I whip up a quick salad.
Vegetables of all kinds (carrots, cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, etc.)
Fruits of all kinds (apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, berries, pomegranate, clementines, etc.)
Nuts and seeds
Black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans
Lentils, quinoa, rice
Hard boiled eggs
Sandwiches/wraps of all kinds
Crackers and cheese
Do you have any lunch tips or lunch essentials? Share them with me in the comments!