lunch box goodies

Blanc Lunch BoxAs we transition from winter to spring, many of our surroundings start to hold a new perspective: flowers start to bud, fire pits start to burn, shorts and sandals are dug out of the closet, and the sun sets a little sweeter. It’s easy to get in the mood for spring fashion trends and waterside cocktail hours that can last until dusk.

There is, however, one thing in particular that I have trouble transitioning: my lunch. I go from soup to sandwich to salad and back again in the winter. It’s about time somebody (anybody!) came up with some new lunch box ideas! So here I go: my recap of one week of lunch box goodies.

Day 1: the blt lettuce wrap

Ingredients

  • romaine lettuce (whole leaves)
  • cherry tomatoes (diced into quarters)
  • bacon (precooked or homemade)
  • mayo (or substitute low-fat sour cream)

Spread mayo on a full lettuce leave. Add tomatoes and bacon, wrap, and enjoy!

Day 2: broccoli salad

Ingredients

  • raw broccoli (chopped into small trees)
  • red grapes, sliced in half
  • sliced almonds
  • dried cranberries (you can also substitute dried cherries or raisins)
  • cooked bacon (I used my leftovers from day 1!)
  • mayo
  • white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of sugar

Combine chopped broccoli, red grapes, almonds, dried cranberries, and bacon into a bowl. Add just enough mayo to lightly coat the ingredients. Top with a pinch of sugar and a drop of white wine vinegar. Chill in refrigerator before serving.

Blanc Hummus Pita

Day 3: the hummus pita delight

Ingredients

  • pita bread or sandwich thins
  • hummus (original or try a flavored hummus)
  • cucumber
  • feta cheese crumbles

Spread hummus on pita bread, top with cucumber and feta cheese crumbles. Serve as an open-face sandwich.

Day 4: tomato basil sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread (Italian bread preferred, or a toasted version of what you have on hand will work!)
  • mozzarella cheese (I buy mozzarella as a block and cut fine slices)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • basil and spinach leaves
  • garlic-pepper seasoning
  • olive oil

Toast your bread until crisp and then brush lightly with olive oil. Create your sandwich by stacking the basil and spinach leaves (1:2 ratio), mozzarella, and tomato slices. Season with a pinch of garlic-pepper before closing with the top slice of toasted bread. Prepare ingredients the night before work for easy assembly at the office.

Day 5: pb & banana sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • crunchy peanut butter

What’s that saying…an oldie but a goodie? This was definitely a Friday treat for me! I paired this savory sandwich with a fresh apple and skim milk. It’s like I’m a kid again!

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I hope these meals make your lunch box happy!

xoxo

 

St. Patty’s Satisfaction

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

St. Patty’s day is usually filled with fried Irish goodness and washed down with green beer – and I’m not complaining. Yum. This year, gain your Irish bar crawl strength with a stomach full of some healthy grub. Introducing the Vanilla-Mint Green Smoothie by 3 Boys Unprocessed.

This double layer smoothie is packed with nutrients and greens. Add chia seeds for extra protein and antioxidants. Here’s what you’ll need:

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

Vanilla Layer

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of light coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Green Mint Layer

  • 1/2 frozen banana (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh spinach
  • 10-15 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green SmoothieDirections

  • Blend vanilla layer in food processor. Pour into serving glass.
  • Blend green mint layer in food processor (no need to clean it first). Pour into serving glass on top of vanilla layer.
  • Garnish with a mint leaf and serve immediately.

The health benefits of this smoothie are out the window and sure as hell beat that dyed beer you’ll be drinking. Mint not only helps with digestion, it can also promote weight loss and better skin. Spinach (as we’ve learned from Popeye The Sailor) strengthens muscles and eyesight, as well as helps maintain blood pressure. It’s a win, win.

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
xoxo