What I pack in my BIG cooler.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

School has taken most of my time. Well, on Tuesdays and Thursdays that is. I am at school from 8am-10pm on Tuesdays and 8am-7pm on Thursdays. Mondays and Wednesdays I have one 45 minute class. I wish I could've balanced it out more. oh well, it's only one semester right? So, lots of my meals are consistent everyday, except the weekends or if I ever eat out.

Lately I've been eating lots of greens! I used to dread making salad because I hated salads (I used to think they weren't filling enough, but I was wrong). Depending on what I put in my salad, I can stay full for up to 4 hours!

especially with this. I added 2oz of sweet potato and 5oz of chicken breast buried beneath this green goddess.

It wasn't til after I ate my salad, that my mom begged me to go eat with her! I was FULL, but I went anyway. She didn't want to eat alone and I felt her pain.

She ordered Pho; pronounced Fa? (vietnamese beef noodle soup) my favorite comfort food!

I ordered the Three-Bean dessert. With coconut milk, mung bean. and mashed up yellow corn mush! (don't really know what it's called)

My mom also decided to give me a facial because my skin has been actin' up, maybe due to stress? With honey and lemon may I add. Oh boy, it stung my eyes so bad!
Do you guys have any recommendations for a flaring acne prone skin like mine? It's been actin' crazy and I don't like it.

On Friday, I met up with friends just to catch up and mingle!
I ordered the seaweed salad (I ate my salad 4 hours before hand and was still FULL)

Really green! and refreshing.

My eel roll.

E- ordered a huge chicken katsu curry bowl!

R- ordered this, it looks really good!

I had a bite, but it was plain to me. I guess we both have different preferences. He didn't like my eel roll bc it was too fishy, I loved mine because it was fatty!

Alright, time for the dirty business! Since I am at school ALL FREAKIN' DAY on Tuedays and Thursdays, I had to learn to adapt to a) being at school all day and b) pack my food for this transition and carry my cooler all day.

Take a look at my typical meals I pack for school.

I carry this BIG cooler with me all day! it gets lighter and lighter through out the day :o)
I love how it is easy to carry and how much food this cooler can fit. I love it.

I carry tea bags in my side pouches. In case I crave tea I can always get hot water from the cafe (hopefully it's free of charge!)

I eat breakfast before school, so I pack my mid-afternoon snacks up to dinner in my cooler. So that I have meals planned for the rest of the day. Inside are:

  • - Protein Powder
  • -Almond milk to mix with my Protein Powder (is it funny I pack this whole carton?)
  • - 5oz of chicken breast in wrapped in foil (to eat with my salad)
  • - Salad for both lunch and dinner
  • - Greek yogurt with pear and pumpkin (in the feta container)
  • - Luna Bar
  • - Home-made vinagrette
* unpictured I would sometimes carry fruits, brown rice, tortillas depending on my lunch ( I need the carbs!) and of course ice packs!

I have lots of veggies hidden beneath those layers.
Ever since I started eating more salads for lunch and dinner, I find that I add at least a new veggie every other week. This week I added radishes! last week was artichokes and sprouts.

Stevia in the upper zipper, incase I want coffee from the cafe or to sweeten my tea.
Along with forks and spoons and condiments!

It's a drag to carry both backpacks at school! but it's a life-saver to carry all of these and to be prepared, than not to and to order the school pizza. eek!

Do you pack your lunches? And is it now a habit?

- I used to hate preparing food, but now I love to prepare food and I always always always have to bring my cooler with me at all times. It's gotten a lot easier to know what I want. Plus, I thought it was uncool to pack my lunches in a cooler, but now I think I'm super cool for doing so  :o)

Have a great week! now time to catch up on Google Reader (so much easier to catch up, I just created an account and I think I've figured out how to use it) :o)


lesley lifting life January 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

Haha, that's great, I love your giant cooler, Angela!

Apple Red Tazo?? I have never seen that but it sounds amazing ... do you like it?

P.S. my skin is acne prone as well! The more faithfully I wash it and use astringent (works VERY well to dry all the acne up) the better it is!

Erica February 1, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

SO glad to hear you're loving your polar! Its just the best. My workouts are completely different now that I have it. Great job on packing your lunches- I pack every day! I couldn't be without. That seaweed salad looks awesome- I recently tried seaweed salad for the first time and now I'm hooked

sophia February 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

Wow, that is a complete backpack with all the delicious and healthy food! I love the way you eat.

Okay, best way to get rid of acne = don't do anything. Don't touch it, just leave it, sleep well, don't stress out, and it'll go away.

Paula February 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

I know this might sound cheezy, but I used Proactive in high school and it really helped. I love sushi! Eel is one of my favorites too! Your packed eats are maja clean. Props!

Alyson February 5, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

I love sushi and that roll looks soo good! I pack my lunches 98% of the time. Usually I try to prep & portion for a few days at a time so I don't have to stress about it each morning. Happy Friday!

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