*Welcome to This Week in Bentos!  Every week, I post photos of one or more of my bento lunches from that week.  I use a Laptop Lunches bento box and I love it because it helps me to reduce the amount waste I create, since I don’t produce a lot of extra garbage from throw away packaging.  I also love how it creates perfect portion sizes.  To learn more about how I pack and carry my bento, check out this post and this post too*

Morning Snack: FAGE 0% Greek yogurt, blueberries, chopped almonds

Lunch: Romaine lettuce with chicken sausage, tomatoes and feta; apples with almond butter

Afternoon snack: Hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, and broccolli

You might notice a shift in my bentos this year.  I’ll post more about it later, but I’ve been gradually changing the way I eat, lowering the amount of carbs I eat and raising the protein and fat.  I started this after reading the book Why We Get Fat.  I’ve always been extremely skeptical of low-carb diets like Atkins and the Paleo/Primal diet, but this book has changed my thinking.  I read a lot about nutrition, health and food, and this is the first “diet” book I’ve read that actually has real, well-researched science to back up what they say.  I really recommend that you read the book, but the basic premise is that carbohydrates and sugars raise our insulin levels, which makes it more difficult for our cells to burn fat for energy.  I’m not ready to completely cut out sugars and carbohydrates, but I’ve cut them back considerably, and I’ve seen a great difference in my weight loss.  Anyhow, that’s why you’ll see more meat in my bentos now.

Morning Snack: FAGE 0% Greek yogurt, blueberries, chopped walnuts

Lunch: Roast chicken (thigh and drumstick), romaine lettuce with feta; apples with almond butter

Afternoon snack: Hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, and carrots

I tend to be a creature of habit when preparing bentos each week, so that’s why you’ll see a lot of similarities between each one.  Once I find something that I like, I tend to stick with it.  My morning snack is always yogurt, fruit and nuts.  My lunch always has meat, salad greens, maybe more veggies, and fruit with nut butter for dessert.  My afternoon snack is generally a hard boiled egg with some cheese and veggies.  I do try to switch it up on occasion, but I really love my routines.

Morning Snack: FAGE 0% Greek yogurt, blueberries, chopped almonds

Lunch: Chopped roasted chicken breast with broccoli, tomatoes and feta; apples with almond butter

Afternoon snack: Hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, and celery

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