What I (Packed) Wednesday

by Sarah on April 11, 2012 · 15 comments

On Monday, I spent my first day as a first grade teacher. Having finished up my fifth grade long-term substitute position, I was lucky to land another position for the end of the year. Even if the job started a month earlier than planned. (You can’t stop a baby who wants to come into the world!)

It has already been a bit of a whirlwind week, and I was terribly nervous about teaching much smaller (than I was used to) children. but at least one of the kids is happy I’m a teacher. :)

With school teaching comes school lunches. Or at least school lunch packing. And for me, that can be quite the nightly “I am too Type A about my food to just grab whatever is in the fridge in the morning and be happy about it” production.So, for my contribution to the weekly blog eats round-up sponsored by our head cowgirl, Jenn, I would like to show you What I Packed Wednesday.

I only wish that were really my lunchbox.

I have been making up my personal, much more cost-efficient, packets of oatmeal since I started my fifth grade position in January. A nice sedimentary-rock-style layering of oats, oat bran, flax seed, and cinnamon keeps me happy in it’s simplicity.My travel ‘bug’ (bowl [slash] mug) comes along for the early morning ride–which I guess is what we could call a trip to the workroom microwave?–aong with a tiny spoon that fits perfectly inside. I usually bring some fruit, which never actually makes it to the oatmeal.Morning snack is a variation on the hummus-and-veggies theme. Yesterday’s was Trader Joe’s soon-to-be-recreated-in-The-Smart-Kitchen-because-it-is-so-darn-delicious Guacamole Hummus, and a selection of cheapest-veggies-at-the-store-this-week carrots, cukes, and celery.My “midday snack that might substitute for lunch if I really had time to sit and savor it” was a handful of Wholesome Goodness Multigrain & Flax chips, along with a quick saute of vegetables that was the result of me wanting to use up anything frozen before moving in June. [I can’t explain the salsa I used as ‘sauce,’ except that it made sense at the time.]Other snacks in my pack? An orange that tasted like citrus salvation after a long day with the squirrelly kiddos, the last remaining almonds and cranberries in the Bear Naked Trail Mix……and Guapo the Goldfish stuffed with Central Market Peanut Butter Dots–yes, I brought them from Texas–and Wholesome Goodness Multigrain Os.

As you can see, I never really eat what other people might call “lunch.” You see, as an elementary school teacher you eat whenever you can.

[A second without a child needing his shoe tied? Chew that carrot quickly! Five minutes before they return from P.E.? Get that oatmeal in your mouth…now!]

I also don’t eat very much during the day. If I were to make a graph of my caloric intake, it might look something like this:Meaning, I come home and tend to eat lots and lot of calories at night, to make up for the little I ate all day. This is a classic, “as seen in Health magazine of what not to do” case of eating more because of eating less.

And I know I should probably try and change that up a bit.


Luckily for me, I have friends in low great places. One of my best friends from college, Molly (whom you all should know by now for her co-post Sweet Potato Lentil Chili amazingness), also happens to be a social media rep and blogger liason for Nature Box.Nature Box is a company that I heard about just as it was getting up-and-running, and Molly was debating whether or not she should jump on board the start-up. I believed in their business model then–healthy snacks, packaged in Nature Box’s own packaging, not just treats from big companies or sponsors, delivered to your door for $19.95 a month–and I believe in it still.Even if I can’t afford to buy it every month, I appreciate their stance on “delivering better choices.” [I especially loved their initial focus on parents trying to help their kids eat healthy. :)]Along with yummy snacks, they also include healthy recipes and ideas for how to get the most out of your Nature Box treats throughout the day, which I think is super innovative.I am not going to do a typical review of the goods inside the box. [If you want to see that, you can trust Lindsay or Heather’s tastebuds….] Molly honestly mailed me this package because she is that thoughtful, and new I was having trouble finding enough time to eat during the day…and she wanted to use her “powers” for good.

I will enjoy packing these treats in the coming weeks.

And I hope SHE enjoys the “nature” scenery I chose for the “nature” box. 😉


Do y’all find that you eat more at one particular time of the day?

Is it hard for you to change from a night eater to a day eater?

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Maria April 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I’ve always been a night eater. In fact, even through college, I’d skip breakfast and my first meal of the day was lunch (tsk tsk). I’ve always been that person, who, at 11pm on any given Friday would be up for going to the Wendy’s drive thru for a Frosty and an order of fries (to dip in the Frosty of course).

I was just never hungry in the morning. That changed though when I cut out my nightly eating habits and would wake up hungry. Much easier to eat a hearty breakfast when you wake up hungry instead of hungover on Wendy’s.

And again, I’ve shared too much info in your comment section.

Sarah April 11, 2012 at 2:14 am

I only like oversharers.

And people who dip fries in their Frosties.

Molly l. April 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

fries in frosties = amazing. i knew we were all friends for a reason!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

your food intake graph looks a lot like my exercise graph. today i went to work at 4 pm with only 1,300 steps on my fitbit. At midnight i had 15,000!

Sarah April 11, 2012 at 2:06 am

You get your walk on! 😉

Gabby @ the veggie nook April 11, 2012 at 5:14 am

I wish we could get Nature Box in Canada! Great looking food! I’m the same way- eat way more during the second half of my day :)

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 11, 2012 at 7:22 am

My eating is very scattered now that I’m not working. I was a very structured person also with breakfast/lunch all planned out and ready to go in the morning. Now I forget to eat breakfast some days WHICH IS NOT GOOD! Got to get that worked out! Great post as always, Sarah. The Nature Box is a great idea!

Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

I think my calories are fairly well spread out throughout the day, but I do agree that when I’m working (I’m a school psychologist), it’s harder to get enough calories in, so then I eat more at night.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

You stole my caloric intake graph! LOL! I need to flip that… but I like nighttime snacking.

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

Love your food eating graph, too funny! And the little kid who wrote that note? How Sweet!

blackhuff April 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

I too find that I tend to eat more at dinner time than the rest of the day. It’s just that work can keep one so busy, like you describe in your post so good. I totally get why you tend to eat more in the evenings.

Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers April 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

Aww, what an adorable little note. :) I love seeing people’s packed lunches (a/o snacks and breakfasts) on WIAW. I always pack my snacks and lunch, so I like getting new ideas. Thanks!

Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles April 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Awww, first graders are so cute!

Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Goldfish packed with cereal? It’s like heaven! I need that.
The note your first grader left you is adorable. How could they not like you though? 😉

Heather @ For the Love of Kale April 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Thanks for the link-up, pretty lady!!! :-) NatureBox is pretty darn amazing indeed.

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