This week saw the revival of my Laptop Lunch box. It hasn't been seeing much use because I pack lunches that are more efficiently accommodated by my Mr. Bento. Yesterday, however, I wanted to take a wrap, among other things, and the tall, cylindrical Mr. Bento does not pack sandwiches and wraps well. So, out came the forlorn Laptop Lunch box!
I'm so glad I decided to switch things up with the different box. This lunch was refreshing and completely satisfying. For the main course I made a wrap with a wheat tortilla, hummus (yum!), Smart Deli turkey, and sprouts. I also had a salad that incorporated romaine, broccoli, sliced carrots, and balsamic-roasted beets. For the dressing I mixed up some more balsamic vinegar with rosemary, sage, thyme, and orange zest. It was tangy and delicious after marinating until lunchtime. For some extra protein and calcium I packed fat-free vanilla yogurt with some rather freezer-burned berries which thawed nicely by the time I ate them. For dessert was a quarter cup of Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice trail mix. This trail mix tastes amazing. I found it at Target and am in love. My favorite part is the cinnamon-glazed walnuts. Double yum!
You might not be able to see it, but I also tucked a ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate Strawberry bar for a mid-morning snack. These bars are also quite delectable. They taste like a chocolate bar, but pack 12 grams of protein. I like to refrigerate mine, which lends a more satisfying texture and chew. Plus, who doesn't like chilled dark chocolate? I'm not a die-hard chocoholic, but I do find chilled chocolate difficult to resist. So these ZonePerfect bars are just that -- perfect for me and my palate.
All in all, my away-from-home food was extremely satisfying yesterday. My snack held me over until I could enjoy this lovely little lunch. And speaking of lovely -- it's snowing! I can see the flakes falling through the glow of the streetlights. It makes me think of Narnia and lamp posts and the Great Lion and Christmas, and a thousand other things delicate and light and beautiful.