Three Lunchketeers

October 4, 2011

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Carrots | Apple | Sandwich 

All the bases are covered! Three lunchbox components that are easy to pack, filling and delicious:

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I made a sandwich with black bean dip and goat cheese – plus a little spinach for green color!

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Carrots and apple equal more healthy, colorful produce and a bit of crunchy fiber.

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Just got to Gram’s! Made a pit stop at IKEA for a few essentials I’ve since realized we need (closet rail, light connecter, one more drawer..) Trip went fine except I. Hate. 495!

See you soon!

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1 katie @KatieDid October 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Yum, simple lunch that travels well! Glad you trip went smoothly, enjoy your visit!

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2 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Glad you made it to Gram’s and survived both an Ikea pit stop and the Interstate. Hopefully you can cut back on trips to your second home, i.e. Ikea, now that you’re getting a bit more settled in the new house. I always find I live at Bed Bath & Beyond the first month after I move into a new place…haha!

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3 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Haha you and me both!! I love that store! And it’s a good job there’s no Williams Sonoma or Crate & Barrel nearby.. that’d be bad news for my wallet!

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4 Liz @ Southern Charm October 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Loving that sandwich … I think I may have to add one for my lunchbox component tomorrow.

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5 Cait's Plate October 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Have fun at Gram’s! And I agree – those are DEFINITELY the lunch essentials – those are my go-to packed lunch items :)

I think I might steal your wine rack idea – we need one and I loved yours! You got it at IKEA right??

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6 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Yup!

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7 Cait's Plate October 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

Yay! Thanks! :)

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8 Ellie@fitforthesoul October 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The bean dip sounds pretty delicious~I think I’m hungry now, good bye. :P

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9 J @ Ess and Jae V2.0 October 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if every kid had this in their lunch box? I pretty sure this is what I ate when I was in grade school. There might have been a cookie or two on gym days, but mostly it was healthy. Did you eat this way in your lunch?

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10 Khushboo October 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Sounds like my lunch tomo…only diff is my sandwich filler is Pb & tofu!

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11 Lauren October 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I think you’re going to Baltimore, right? Coming from Richmond you could take 295 all the way up once you cross the Wilson bridge into Maryland. Then it hooks up with 695. No need to deal with 495! Signed, A Baltimoron who hates traffic

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12 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Oh that’s good!! Is there a good way to get from Towson to Charlottesville without getting on 95? That would be ideal!

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13 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

(Or I-66 which is worse!)

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14 Bridget from Richmond October 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Hi Kath,
A fun (but about an hour slower) way to get from Towson to C-ville could involve White’s Ferry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White's_Ferry. I have fond memories of ferrying with my Dad on weekend adventures when I was a kid. The road between Towson and the MD/VA state line at Leesburg should be discussed with someone who knows the area well (for example, stay off 270 and 370 and North of Gaithersburg, MD if you can) but it should be scenic and a fun challenge for your navigator. Bonus: you can hit the outlets in Leesburg on your way home!

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15 KathEats October 5, 2011 at 7:24 am

Hmm…an hour more or 495 – that is a tough call! I’ll have to look more closely at a map :)

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16 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I love fresh, crunchy carrot sticks :-) Have fun with your grandmother!

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17 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I have been having carrots with my lunches for weeks now… something about them just sounds so good to me lately!! Beautiful pics!

Enjoy the time with your Gram! <3

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18 Dana October 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

NOVA traffic is the devil.

(thankful I live in Richmond)

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19 Heather October 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Kind of random but let me know if you want to go to an evening hot yoga class in Towson! I know a great place http://www.lifelinepoweryoga.com

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20 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Oh I would have LOVED to but I’m almost always busy in the evenings when I visit here. Maybe sometime on a future visit I could go on my way in or out?

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21 Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Have fun with Gram! Your post title brought a smile to my face :)

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22 Vivi @My.Beautiful.Air October 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

simple and perfect! love goat cheese!

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23 lynn @ the actor's diet October 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

good luck at IKEA!

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24 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I just spied you on foodgawker. Funny too b/c I saw that raspberry pic this morning and thought THAT’S FG material :)

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25 Angel7 October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Next time I have bean dip on-hand, I am going to make a bean dip sandwich.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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26 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) October 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

495 is the worst — spent a year commuting around it every day and drove myself nuts. Now I walk 15 minutes to work and it’s glorious! :)

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27 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Poor 495, he has no friends.

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28 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I’m glad that your drive went well! :)

That sandwich looks tasty. I love carrot sticks. They are the perfect snack when you want sometihng crunchy. Have fun with your family! :)

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29 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

You hate the 495….we here in L.A. hate the 405 freeway. That’s where carmageddon happened :(

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30 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Wahoo! I LOVE that kinda lunch. SO tasty, so filling, so healthy, so easy, so pretty :)

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31 Caroline October 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I had that exact same lunch today, except my sandwich was a pb & j. It’s the perfect lunch to eat between classes.

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32 Sweet and Savvy October 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Apples and carrots are such great food staples! i am obessesed with both!

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33 PR_Cal October 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I love these kinds of lunches! I pretty much do this everyday, but switch up the fruit, veggie and sandwich types. Always easy, always healthy and always prevents me from heading out to spend $

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34 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

what a perfect lunch!!! :)

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35 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

You and IKEA are becoming best buds! :)

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36 Mollie October 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

good ol’ 495 traffic. our apartment is literally along 495 in alexandria. **waving**

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37 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Glad you made it safe! Have fun!

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38 Jen@FoodFamilyFitness October 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Sometimes a simple lunch is the best lunch! I had a peanut butter sandwich and an apple over the weekend, minutes to prepare, but delicious and filling :)

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39 Natalie the Awesome October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

What kind of Apple is that??? looks yummy! :)

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40 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

No idea!! But it was crunchy!

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41 Elisabeth October 5, 2011 at 1:32 am

I love a good, crunchy apple – the mushy/mealy ones are so gross (AKA red delicious…) – guess that’s why Granny Smith are my fav :)

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42 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I literally eat an apple every single day of the workweek. EVERY DAY. Why? they are the perfect snack! I slice them up and put them in a baggie so that I’m not obnoxiously munching on one in class! (aka having juice drip all down my hand…)

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43 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I love how you put this together… The 3 separated + the 3 words… Very cool Kath :)

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44 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

hate long drives! at least you had delicious food to keep you going. love that black bean dip of yours.

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45 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Glad you made it there safely! Your lunch crew looks pretty tasty. Road food always tastes better for some reason.

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46 Lauren October 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Hope you have a great visit up here! Enjoy the time with your Gram :)

And really, who doesn’t hate I-95? …..It’s always a mess!

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47 Lauren October 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

This is absolutely horrible!!

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48 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Have fun at Grams! And hope you didn’t get caught too long in the traffic.

I love Ikea – it’s so difficult to window shop whenever I visit :D

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49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Sandwich + carrots + apple is actually my ideal lunch trio too. That’s what I pack to take to campus with me almost every day!

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50 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Carrots!!!! So crunchy. So fresh. So orange. Mmmmm.

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51 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes` October 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Haha I always love to have carrots and an apple with my lunch! They all go together so well :D

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52 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf October 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Aww, I just realized how much I missed your sandwich posts. :) You always have great ideas.

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53 Angie October 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

That bread looks so amazing! Care to share what brand or the recipe?

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54 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

It’s from Great Harvest Charlottesville!

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55 Angie October 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Thanks!! We have Great Harvest here so I’ll check it out! Love your blog!

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56 Bridget October 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Your lunch made me laugh (and made me feel validated!) cuz that’s pretty much what I send to school with my kids everyday for their lunch — sandwich, carrots, apple. Not too exciting, but something we all agree on.

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