Bistro Box "Lunchable"
According to registered dietitian-nutritionist Emily Van Eck, MS, a Lunchable-like bistro box is a great way to keep your foods fresh (no sauces running together and making things soggy) and a "reminder that you need a variety of textures and nutrients." Added Tori Martinet, RD, director of wellness and nutrition for Restaurant Associates, "This type of lunch gives you a lot of variety in nutrients, plus it gives you an easy way to honor your hunger as it comes. If I get hungry earlier in the day, I'm not faced with a whole meal to tackle, but I can enjoy a portion of my lunch, still have some for later, and have satisfaction all day long."
Here's how to pack up your box, according to registered dietitian Danielle Allen, LDN:
- Two types of protein: deli turkey, hard-boiled eggs, protein bar, chicken, chickpea salad, peanut butter, nuts, cheese, hummus
- Fruit or vegetable: baby carrots, celery, strawberries, apples, grapes, dried fruit
- Carb source: whole wheat pita bread, yogurt, pretzels, tortillas