What I Packed Wednesday

Hi Friends!

Welcome to this week’s edition of WIAW (big shoutout to my girl Jenn for hosting!)

This week’s post could alternately be titled what.i.packed.in.five.minutes.for.lunch.and.subsequently.ate.in.five.minutes.as.well wednesday, but I felt like that was a little long :)

Here’s the thing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Pack your lunch, pack your lunch, pack your lunch! It’s not hard, friends! As I’m about about to show you, it can be done in five minutes so “no time” is not a valid excuse. Your wallet and your body will thank you!

There are endless food combinations you can make for your lunchbox. Need some inspiration? Check out any of my previous Lindsay’s Lunchbox posts! (For my new readers: I did 15 posts on quick easy lunch ideas…plus links to some really cute lunchboxes!) Click the recipe tab at the top of this page and scroll all the way down to the bottom.

So, here’s an example of a healthy lunch that can be packed in 5 minutes. Ready? Go!

0-:30 seconds: Gather your supplies. From the fridge grab your favorite ready to eat vegetable (think baby carrots, bell pepper strips, broccoli…) + peppers (any color) or celery & onion (green, white, red…it doesn’t matter), plain non-fat greek yogurt + fruit to mix in, and a ready to eat fruit (think orange or apple). Dump it all on the counter and head to the pantry.

:30-1:00- Grab a can of tuna (packed in water, preferably low sodium), your favorite crackers, your favorite nuts and dried fruit. Dump it on the counter.

1:00-1:30- Grab a handful of ready to eat carrots,  chop up some broccoli trees or cut some thick pepper strips and throw them in a bag.

1:30-2:00- Grab a handful of nuts and dried fruit and toss them in a bag to make some trail mix. I used raw almonds, roasted chickpeas, unsalted peanuts and raisins this time.

2:00-3:15- Make your tuna salad. Open and drain the tuna and plop it in a tupperware container. Add a scoop of greek yogurt. Chop up some peppers and onions and add them to the mix. Finish it off with some curry powder, dry mustard and cayenne pepper. Scoop half into a lunchbox container and save the other half for later.

3:15-3:30- Grab a handful of your crackers and put them in a reusable snack bag. I’m currently enjoying Kashi’s new Pita Crisps that they sent to all of their coupon subscribers in the mail! Use the crackers to scoop up your tuna salad at lunch time :)

3:30-4:30- Scoop some greek yogurt into a tupperware. Top with fruit. This time I sliced up a peach and added some blueberries. Other options: grapes, strawberries, sliced bananas). Added bonus if you remembered to grab some homemade granola from you pantry and add a handful of that as well!

4:30-5:00- Pack it all up! Add an icepack to the bottom of your lunchbox to keep stuff cold and a bottle of water to drink. (Mine is reusable so it doesn’t fit in my lunchbox).


AM + PM snacks

And then……….. hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to school & work I go!



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I always pack my lunch (and breakfast, and snacks). I find the best way to make it easier is to have lots and lots of portable containers on-hand.

  2. Yep, it really is THAT easy! I do take time on the weekends (or my days off) to prepare things like cooked veggies, bags of granola, bags of carrots, and cups of yogurt, but this only takes about 45 minutes. Then during the day I just throw everything in! I also love to use leftovers in my lunch.

  3. I’m a huge proponent of lunch packing too! There’s people at my work that eat crap fast food EVERY day…blegh. My go tos lately have been leftovers or sandwiches with yogurt and veggies

  4. I often get teased for packing a lunch but, you know, I’ll have the last laugh when the jokers that tease me are overweight and broke. Packing a lunch is the way to go!

  5. i’m a lunch-packer too! i HATE wasting my money on random lunches out – if i eat out, it’s usually pretty special and WITH brad or friends! p.s. i’m still loving those reusable sandwich/snack bags i won from you a while back. :)

  6. I’m impressed with your lunch packing quickness! It’s like supermarket sweep! I usually work on my lunch while dinner is cooking or right after dinner before everything is cleaned up!

  7. I always packed a lunch when I worked in an office- definitely easy once you get in the habit!
    And I love those new Kashi pita chips- yummy!

  8. I like your instagram pictures! Super cute! I’m impressed with that fast packing. I’m such a slow lunch packer that sometimes I only have time to pack a few snacks and then I have to buy my lunch, haha.

  9. When I didn’t work from home, I was a lunch packing queen, I agree, it’s very easy and actually pretty quick :) Aaand I love those Instagram pictures 😉

  10. Love love love this rundown! So helpful! I am always (no matter how hard I try) scrambling to get all of my lunch goodies packed up in the morning!

  11. I have never seen those Kashi pita crisps before! I will have to be on the lookout. Part of what I love about blogging is I am always able to find so many new products I might never have known about! Have a great day girl!

    • i know! that is definitely one of the best parts. the pita chips come in two flavors…definitely look for them at your grocery store!

  12. You do a lot of scooping. I like it. :)

  13. Fun post–thanks for sharing! :)

  14. Come pack my lunches too!!!! Happy WIAW L!

  15. Great post! :)

    [P.S. I now owe YOU an e-mail…]

  16. I pack my lunch 4/5 days a week. It makes a huge difference – not only are you eating better, but you’re spending much less. That’s a win win in my book! Great message!


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