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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Perfect Sack Lunch

Back-to-school evokes fond memories of opening the brown paper sack lunch my mom would make for me when I was in elementary school. Packaged cupcakes for dessert would make me smile. Certain fruits like mushy apples or a banana whose smell would permeate everything else in the brown paper sack would make me sigh. When I was in high school, I packed my own lunch. Since I was always on a diet, my lunch usually consisted of diet soda (saccharine sweetened) and a turkey sandwich. If I felt I could afford the calories, I’d throw in an apple or celery sticks.

My idea of a perfect sack lunch today is not that far gone from what I loved as a child. I’ve made a few healthy concessions, though. Here’s what I’d include: turkey and swiss on whole wheat, baked Ruffles or mini-carrots, Honey Crisp apple, 1% milk, and one homemade chocolate chip cookie.

What’s in your brown bag?

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At 8:32 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Hmmm... today's brown bag, so to speak, has a scone I baked the other day, yogurt, and a Dove Promise. Yesterday's had a pb&j on white bread and 1% milk. When I worked in an office, it was usually a ham and cheese sandwich, bag of chips, an apple, juice box, and mini chocolate bar. Come to think of it, I still do cheese sandwiches and juice, though I've mostly cut the chips out. The sandwich really was only ham and cheese. Now, it's cheese with tomato and lettuce. I've also traded the chocolate bars for cocoa and biscotti. :-)

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

The perfect sack lunch for my growing up was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread (Wonder bread in those days) and a Hostess cupcake. It pretty much stayed the same throughout college years except I dropped the cupcake and added a bag of Wise potato chips.

I still love a PB and J with potato chips!

At 9:50 AM, Blogger PatriciaW said...

More like a throwaway Wal-mart plastic bag. A ziploc container of green salad with honey mustard vinagarette dressing, to which I'll add a cup of soup from the cafeteria.
An AM snack (thanks for reminding me) of strawberry-flavored yogurt. And a high protein energy bar for the PM snack.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

I pretty much packed the same thing Diane did. Hostess Ho Ho's were usually in my brown bag and definitely a PB sandwich. Today my daughter took a bag of grapes, a bag of sliced turkey and a water bottle (not the throw away kind of water bottles). :)

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

I don't like most common brown-bag lunch items (and I'm sure my mom didn't like dealing with my eccentricities). I don't like tuna, pb&j, bologna, yogurt, fruit, prepackaged pastries...the list seems endless.

Come to think of it, my schoolmates didn't like seeing what I'd pull out of my bag. Kippers, saltines, and an artichoke heart saved from the previous evening's dinner. Quiche, cream-cheese-stuffed celery, and black olives. My mom enjoyed baking, so I'd usually have some homemade sweet for dessert.

Ziploc bags would have made life easier for me (and for my mom). I like Patricia's salad idea!

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

I like the way you lunch!

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

PB&J with potato chips is the perfect combo of sweet and salty!

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

You have a very healthy snack and lunch schedule. I like a little yogurt in the p.m.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

I remember Hoho's! So your daughter's not a fan of bread? My daughter does that, too.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

I wish I could have seen your little classmates when you pulled out the artichoke at lunch! Very cool that you were so adventurous with food as a kid.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Dr. Debra Holland said...

What I usually do now is go to Ralph's, and use the salad bar. I fill up a big container that will last me for three meals. At home, I add my favorite olives and will take an avocado with me to add. At meal time, I'll also add cottage cheese if I'm using ranch dressing, or I'll use a lemon/olive oil/spice dressing. The container goes with me in my cooler.

As a child...some sort of sandwich. My family was into eating healthy, so Twinkies or Ding Dongs were a rare treat. But my mom did allow fruit roll ups.


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