HERE IT IS!!!
The final lunchbox!!!!
6 months. Ne’er a day off. Many, many lunchboxes!! Lots of healthy, delicious foods. If I can do it, anyone can.
Lunch today features a salad halfway made with leftovers from last night’s tempeh stir fry. A bed of romaine + frisee and sautéed veggie topping. Drizzled in Garlic Gold.
A slice of Flax Oat Bran in all its doughy goodness
And fresh ‘loupe!
Karen’s chair makes a pretty good backdrop, no!?
I will miss eating lunch with all of my RD friends everyday!! They have definitely made this internship experience one of friends and good company – a nice break during a busy day of work 🙂
Freya @ Brit Chick Runs says
Cantaloupe is my favourite 😀
Wow, 6months…what were you doing before all the internships!? I can’t remember that far back! I have a raaather pathetic memory 😛
Congrats on 6 months of beautiful, healthy lunches! Great inspiration for your readers!!
CONGRATS! I am actually standing in your shoes at the 2.5 years ago! I start my post bac in august. It’s good to see that you made it and exciting to know in 2.5 years I’ll be in your shoes ready to be a RD
Heather (Heather's Dish) says
this is still just so crazy to read! it feels like you’ve been working for this for so long that it’s weird to read the end! have a great day girl!
Mastering Public Health says
I have read your blog since 2007 and remember when you announced your plans. Congrats. Good point, with “if I can do it, anyone can” — no doubt, this has inspired others all along the way. Enjoy!
It’s hard to believe that you are done! I just started my RD schooling journey, and your experience has been such an inspiration for me.
Congrats Kath on your huge accomplishment! You are really an inspiration!
Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales says
Thanks for all the inspirational lunches and congrats on reaching the end of your training!
Evan Thomas says
Hope your last day is going well!
Jessica @ How Sweet says
The day is almost over! 🙂
Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter says
Enjoy your lunch Kath! And enjoy your bittersweet day.
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
Lunch boxes are always the best! You always know you will like what’s on the menu! Enjoy lunch today! I hope it is a good one!
The Wife of a Dairyman says
You’re a great inspiration to others 🙂 Great lunches….healthy, beautiful and always look delicious. Congrats and Cheers to you!
Congrats On all of your accomplishments!
Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine says
Congrats on your final day!! Cantaloupe is so delicious in the summer 🙂 Hope you enjoy your final afternoon!
Enjoy your last day! How exciting to be finished with something that you’ve worked so hard on 🙂
Congrats Kath…I’m so so excited for you! I hope things calm down a bit for you soon so you can get some good sleep! 🙂
Packing your own lunch is definitely the way to go. Healthier, you know what you’re eating and sooo much cheaper. When I lived in NYC I would watch my coworkers blow $60 a week on lunch. So silly! Save that money for something worth it.
Kati @ beautyandafeast says
That bread looks delicious. Is it Great Harvest? I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance of one, but I’m always hesitant to buy because no one else in my family eats wheat bread and I’d hate for it to go bad. Any idea how well those freeze?
It lasts about a week in a cabinet! But it does freeze well too.
Mary @ Bites and Bliss says
Time flew by. I can’t believe you’re almost done! Only a few more hours 🙂
Anna Lee says
Not sure I’d fancy eating a slice of bread off the seat of a chair. People’s hineys have been there. LOL
Very good point…. 🙂
Anna Lee says
Love you no matter what!
Congrats on reaching the end of your internship! 😀
Sarah Snacks says
Just pure curiosity- how did you get a 6 month internship? Or maybe I should ask how in the world do they squeeze all of the required hours into 6 months? All of the internships at my school are 11 months- it seems like a long time, but I can’t imagine how hard it would be to do all of those supervised hrs in half the time.
If it works for the ADA, it works for me!
1040 hours…no vacation days… no holidays.
Maybe it’s because there aren’t any days off. I think our internships all follow the schools schedule. Congrats!
6 MONTHS!? wow!! i’d love to think i could do that..but i’d probably take a day off! another amazing looking lunch! the melon always llooks so freshy, and downright delicious xx
Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) says
CONGRATS!! 6 months of *fabulous* lunches. 😀
6 months! I didn’t realize it was that long. Time flies.
Allison K says
These 6 months flew by!
Elaine @ Om Sweet Om says
Congrats! You graduate today! 🙂
Well done and congratulations! I hope your exam goes very, very well.
Two quickie questions as I’ve started to experiment a lot more with your recipes: :))
1) Does your Vita-mix take the place of both your blender and your food processor? I have a blender but find it useless for hummus and “thicker” things (ie bean burgers). I’m trying to carefully consider my next purchase.
2) I cannot eat carrots so I substituted zucchini for the carrot in the bean burger recipe you shared a while back. Oh dear, too much liquid. Do you know of a better vegi substitute choice?
(I welcome anyone’s answers!) 🙂
just cook some of the water out of those zucchs..or squeeze like crazy…
Anna Lee says
I was gonna say too, grate on box grater and SQUEEEEEZE dry.
I actually did grate it but never thought of DRYING it – wow, ingenious! I’m sure that will work – bulk and flavor (and nutrition) but not moisture.
Thanks Samantha and Anna!
Re. Vitamix, I don’t think it takes the place of a food processor. That said, I haven’t really used it for food processor-like things.
Congrats! & Thanks for taking us on this journey with you! It was/is interesting. Can’t wait to see what life will be like for you when you’re an ACTUAL R.D. 😀
Wish you the best of luck!
Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear says
Love the lunch AND the chair!
Woo! Congrats on 6 months! 🙂
Meredith @ My Backyard and Beyond says
I try to bring my lunch 4 days a week and treat myself to a lunch out once a week with coworkers. Thanks for the inspiration every day on lunches to pack!
Funny, I was singing “It’s the final lunchbox” like “The Final Countdown” song by The Police.
Way to go!
[email protected] says
Yeah for the final lunchbox. It must feel great! So much hard work! I need to pack lunches more often!
Pretty, yummy-looking lunch for the last day! Congratulations!
To the bean burger questioner … when I made them, I put in some thawed frozen corn and some diced red pepper. Those worked really well!
[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ says
Last day hooray. Hope it’s a good one and then you can go on vacation soon.
I really don’t know how you can only eat one slice of bread that looks that good. I am so glad that my husband is not a baker.
Amazing. 6 whole months. Love it! And I’d say tempeh leftovers and fresh fresh bread are definitely a great way to finalize it all. Congrats!
That looks like a delicious lunch to end on 🙂
This looks very tasty. I wish I had found your blog sooner to see what you have been eating all this time. Maybe you would consider a round-up post of what you’ve learned? 🙂 I’ve been thinking about lunch boxes recently, too, since making your own is so much healthier than buying food at work (at least for me and a lot of people I know).
Lisa @bakebikeblog says
Wow has it been 6 months already?! Boy does time fly!!!!! Congrats on coming to the end of your course! So exciting!!!
Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies says
Congrats!! and the lunches have been wonderful – this one – no exception.
Melissa @ For the Love of Health says
Excellent! You inspire!
Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition says
Congrats lady!! That’s so exciting : )
Danielle (Runs on Green) says
I can’t believe it’s been 6 months! Enjoy your last day 🙂
Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 says
Congrats Kath!! I am soooo happy for you. Onward to the next adventure!
Lily's Health Pad says
Congratulations! I just finished my internship too. It feels nice to be nearly done with grad school doesn’t it?
It’s so lovely that you really got along with your RD workmates! Work colleagues can really make or break a job, I’ve found. And somehow, I doubt the end of your internship will mean the end of healthy lunches 😀
6 months = 30 x 6 = ±180 healthy lunches. Wow. That’s amazing! Congratulations for making it through 😀
Simply Life says
I love that you’re encouraging people everywhere to make time to pack healthy lunches and to save money!
Good luck on your last day! I totally agree with you about anybody being able to pack their lunch everyday. I’m up between 5 and 5:30 every week day and I always take my lunch. Even when I have a lunch date (which is rarely). I’m always afraid something is going to come up and my lunch meeting/date will get postponed. Plus it’s waaaaay cheaper to pack a lunch. 🙂