I Bring Lunch to Work Every Single Day (Here's How I Make it Feel a Little More Special)

Plus the $40 lunch bowl that's worth the splurge.
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TL;DR I love this bowl so much. 

TL;DR I love this bowl so much. 

The same day I started my first job out of college, I also began packing my lunch for work. It was less a decision than a necessity, when 90% of my salary went to rent, for a glorified closet split between four roommates (ahhh early twenties in New York). For years, I ate a grilled cheese every single day, buying bread and cheese in bulk. My daily GCs were so ubiquitous they became a running joke in every office I worked in. I even wrote an ode to them here. Though I eventually got sick of the daily gooey goodness, the habit to pack my own lunch everyday stuck—thankfully for my wallet. (If you're buying an $8 lunch every week day, that's $2,000 a year!)

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These days, I usually pack some iteration of my dinner from the night before, limiting the carbs and adding in more protein (I know this sounds like I'm on some sort of diet, but I've found, with the help of my friend who's a nutritionist, that eating more protein and limiting carbs until dinner helps me feel much more energetic throughout the afternoon). Most days, this means I'm bringing some iteration of a bowl of roasted vegetables with an added protein like a soft-boiled egg, beans, or pre-peeled edamame. If I'm making something like pasta for dinner, I'll double the vegetables in it, and keep those on the side for lunch, then pack them over a bed of lentils or spinach.

To jazz things up, I keep coconut aminos in the office fridge, as well as this salt which I'm addicted to, and rotate between additional sauces like hummus or tzatziki from Trader Joe's. 

If I have my act together, I'll make a dedicated recipe for lunch. Lately, I've been loving this white bean and chicken chili, this kale, sausage, and white bean soup, and the #chickpeastew.

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In the past, I've packed my lunch in whatever container is clean, but I recently made a $40 purchase that has completely changed my lunch game: This bowl, which comes in both a ceramic ($40) and plastic version ($25), makes my lunch feel special every single day, even if I'm just reheating a medley of roasted vegetables. It's the perfect size for a vegetable bowl, and makes me feel classy every time I throw it into my tote (it has a great seal on it, so it never spills) and open it up during team lunch. 

I'd only owned mine for a day before I bought a second one for Jonah in grey. Mine's the blush version, so that we can identify each of our lunches more easily than saying "Yours is the one with more carrots." 

As ridiculous as I'd initially felt spending $80 on a container for lunch, I can honestly say it's been one of the purchases that brings me the most joy. I love pulling it out everyday and the ease of having a go-to lunch container that's easily differentiable from Jonah's. 

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