One of the questions I get asked a lot is “What should I take for lunch?” It can be hard to figure out what to take for lunches if you’re working or a student. Also a lot of people think it’s too time consuming to plan and make lunches to take with them. I thought it would be fun to share a week of lunches so you can see what I ate this week. Some of these lunches were ones I brought to school and others were eaten at home. Hopefully they will give you some inspiration on what to take for lunch!
Welcome back! I feel like it’s been too long since I posted on here. I wanted to do a nice little life update since a ton has been going on.
So first off within the past month or so I moved down to Galveston to start school at UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch). I’ll be down here for sixteen months and once the sixteen months are over I will have my Masters of Science in Nutrition and be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitians exam. I got super lucky that my friend Katy got into the nursing program at UTMB so we could live together. We went down to Galveston after both getting accepted and picked out an apartment we really liked.
Snacking is a part of my every day routine. I love snacking because it keeps me full between meals and allows me to have a variety of different flavor combinations throughout the day. My snacks have certainly evolved over the years. I remember the days of after school snacks that consisted of either a soda + a cookie or frozen taquitos or hot pockets. Now I make sure to include healthy snacks every day to keep me satisfied throughout the day, get in extra nutrients, and ward off those hangry feelings we all know and hate.
Probiotics have gotten so much hype over the past few years. If you go to the store you’ll see a ton of different options, but should you be including them in your diet?
So first, what are probiotics?
I’m so excited to be typing this post. I will keep it short and sweet, but I’m writing this because I have finally purchased and created a website. I was previously blogging on rachelnannola.wordpress.com and even though that was fun and all, I have now stepped my game up. For those of you that might not know, my previous blog was a free one that was hosted though wordpress.com. That was a great way to get started, but I knew I wanted to take blogging more seriously, and the first step for me was buying my website.
I decided on Rachelshealthybalance.com because I want to share my journey to finding my own healthy balance while hopefully inspiring and helping you to find yours. I believe that everybody’s healthy balance will look different, but I think most of us are on the quest to find it- whether we know it or not.
I will admit deciding on my domain name was the hardest part, but once I did that it’s been kind of smooth sailing. I did almost have a heart attack when I got locked out of my site, but luckily I got that taken care of. The site itself is not perfect yet, but it’s close enough and I’m ready to share it with you!
I’m so excited to regularly share content on here. A few topics you can expect to see: Recipes, wellness tips, healthy living inspiration, fitness tid bits, examples of what I eat, and life updates as they happen.
Let me know if there’s anything you would like to see! Also, you can now subscribe on the right hand side of this page. That means whenever I post something new- you will get an email update.
Thanks for visiting, I hope you come back soon!
So my love for Chipotle is a pretty strong one. You can go in, pick out exactly what you want and it makes for a quick, healthy dinner. But Chipotle is not exactly cheap and the sodium content in it is HIGH. Sodium isn’t something everybody needs to worry about, but if I can make the same thing at home for cheaper (and less salty) imma do it.
Fun fact: My typical order at Chipotle has about 1,300 mg of sodium, which is over half of the RDA (recommended daily allowance= 2,300mg) for sodium.
I’ve made some “chipotle style bowls” before, but haven’t done it as a meal prep. This week I had a few 12 hour shifts, so I thought it was the perfect time to make some chipotle bowls.
Pretty much every time I’m running I think back to the days when running a mile was one of the most embarresing days of the semester for me.
Back in middle school, each semester we had to run a mile around the track. Besides the fact that I almost always dreaded gym class, I dreaded this day the most. I remember the days and hours leading up to that day were always daunting. I knew what was going to happen, I was going to struggle. I always struggled with running. The main reason I struggled is becuase I was overweight and out of shape. Read More
Since graduating I have been juggling two jobs, one at Snap Kitchen and the other with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. Even though I’ve worked 40+ hour work weeks before, it’s been awhile so i’ve had to get readjusted to working all the time vs. being a college student. I like having two different jobs so I’m not doing the same thing all day every day, but the one downside to two jobs is the odd hours. I’m not working M-F 8-5 and some days I work at both jobs. This week I had two eleven-twelve hour workdays, with my first being on Tuesday. I thought it would be a great idea to share what I ate during this long workday to show that you can eat healthy even if your working super long hours.
So lets get into it:
I’m so excited to finally sit down and write this blog post! I have been meaning to sit down and write since graduation in December, but for some reason it has been tough to actually do it (weird how that happens). I really have enjoyed posting on this platform and plan to post regularly from now on.
In December I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Foods with a concentration in Dietetics. I feel like my whole life led up to just graduating from college. Which is honestly crazy to think about now, because there was a time when I didn’t even want to go to college. I’m so grateful to have gone to college and to have found my passion for nutrition. When I first started college at Austin Community College I had no clue what I wanted to do which led to me having no drive to put effort into my classes. Finding nutrition as a degree really gave me that drive I needed to work hard for something. College was where I was lucky enough to find out how smart I can be when I dedicate myself to a goal.
So what have I been doing since graduation?
It has been an incredibly long time since I posted on this blog. I have been so busy with school (I graduate in less than one month!) and over the summer I worked and completed a practicum with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. While I was not writing on this blog I was writing on their blog. Here are some of my posts:
I’ve been wanting to start writing on my blog (this blog) again and I was inspired to make my first post back a “What I eat Wednesday” post, inspired by ConstancelyEating.
I love sharing my meals and i’m excited to be able to share them here. Today wasn’t a typical day for me since I had the day off from school and even though I had a day of healthy meals and snacks planned out I ended up switching some of those meals/snacks to go out to eat at night for my boyfriends dad’s birthday. Even though I didn’t end up eating what I thought I was going to I want to share it anyways, because life doesn’t always go according to plan.