5-Day Office Lunch Idea (For Night Shifters)

Dieting doesn’t really mean that we have to eat less. We just have to eat better.

“Saan tayo mag-lu-lunch?” is probably the hardest question to answer especially for people working on the night shift. Simply because in this wee hours of the day, we don’t have much choice but to go “fast food”. Yeah, that juicy and big cheesy burger paired with that crunchy french fries and to top it all off, an upsize cup of your favorite soda. Its the same old thing every single day.

I am no dietician and I haven’t reached my ideal weight (or body) yet, but I can say that I’m on my way there. When I got back from the US last March, I almost hit 190lbs which is considered obese for my 5’10 height. Then I started reading articles and books about losing weight. Then I realized, losing weight is not about depriving myself not to eat, its about eating clean and right. (More on my way to losing weight soon. When I feel confident that I can share it already. Haha!)

So going back to our dilemma of not having that much choice when it comes to lunch during night shift, I figured that the only way that I can eat healthy and clean is… BAON. Yes, in tupperwares or microwave safe containers. With this, I have full control of what comes inside my body and will not lose track. Then I thought of this idea of having the same meal all week. Something that I can prepare over the weekend, pop in the freezer and re-heat in the office. With this in mind, I planned the “Meal of the Week”.

20130905-091308.jpgI started off with desserts. At the end of every meal, its normal that we feel like we need something sweet (or is it just me?). No cakes or cupcakes here, we’re talking about fruits. I found these pre-cut fruits at the grocery store and they were very cheap. Cut watermelon was like P25.00, pineapples I got for P20.00, and grapes for P100.00. To pack these babies I used a zip lock sandwich bag and put one of each inside. Desserts done! You can eat this in between meals to as a snack. Calories: If my calorie counter is correct, is about 59 calories per bag.

20130905-091414.jpgFor my source of carbs, I sliced my favorite veggies. Broccoli, baguio beans, carrots, and young corn. I added canned whole mushrooms for some earthiness.

20130905-091427.jpgSprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Put in a pan and roast them in a 350C oven for 15-20 minutes. Quick because you will reheat it in the office.

20130905-091617.jpgFor my protein source, I chose skinless chicken breasts. Rub the fillets with salt, pepper, rosemary, tarragon and olive oil and place on a baking dish.

20130905-091628.jpgBake them in the oven with the veggies for the same time.

Time to assemble! I got these very sturdy microwave and freezer safe containers (they’re about P200.00 for 5pcs.). Fill half of the container with the roasted veggies, half with the chicken, and put the fruit bag on top.

20130905-091839.jpgRepeat five times to make Monday to Friday. Put the lid on and pop in the freezer. That’s it! During lunch, re-heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and whoalla, a healthy, fulfilling meal without the guilt.

20130905-092013.jpgNow some of you might get sick of the idea of eating the same thing everyday but come to think of it, its just the same as eating fast food everyday. So why not go for the one that will do good to your body? 🙂

I’m currently looking for other recipes I can make as office baon. Will share it you soon. Happy eating!

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All About Cronuts

I jumped on the bandwagon. Who will not? Besides, its all about sweets!

Cronuts, as described by many as the hybrid of a croissant and a doughnut, took the pastry world by storm and spread like a virus after it was first released last May 2013. It was said to be invented in New York City by Dominique Ansel and people were falling in long queues for this unique pastry. Surprisingly, Manila was able to catch up with the craze so fast that versions of the pastry popped up like mushrooms.

Reports say that there were already about 12 bakeries here in Manila who made their own versions of the Crounts and as of the moment, I only tried two of them.

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

They say Wildflour Bakery were the first ones to bring the Cronuts here in Manila. I remember calling them one morning to reserve (yes, you have to call them for a reservation) a dozen Cronuts and was told that they will only hold it up to 20 minutes or else, they will give it to the walk-in customer in their store in The Fort. I went to the office hours earlier than my shift just to make sure my Cronuts will not go anywhere but my mouth.

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Well, their Cronuts come in five flavors; Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Sugar raised, Dulce de leche, Mixed Berry, Hazelnut. They are P125.00 per piece. It’s big and tall. Sugar coating adds more texture and sweetness making it too sweet for my taste. They were also too crispy (I’m not sure why) meaning the pastry was a bit overcooked. But I really liked the Chocolate since it tasted like dark chocolate which is bitter. I like their packaging of simple white box. It’s very classy. Wildflour has two branches, The Fort and in Podium. You have to call to reserve and then pick up.

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery. G/F Net Lima Bldg, 4th Ave corner 26th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. +63.2.856.7600. Monday to Saturday – 9:00AM to 10:00PM. Sunday – 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Dolce Latte Café and Gourmet Bakeshop

I have to ask my office mate to get me some of Dolce Latte’s Cronuts since its way to far from where I am.

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The best thing about their Cronuts is that they offer the widest range of flavors: Valhrona Crunch, Custard Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter Crisp, Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Almond Caramel, Raspberry Cream Cheese, Nutty Nutella and Lemon Meringue. I’ll give it to them for making a variety of flavors and including cream cheese on the menu. They are P110.00 per piece. They’re kind of smaller that Wildflour’s, but I really like its flakiness and delicateness. It was cooked just right with the right amount of sweetness and sourness (because of the cream cheese). My favorite was the Blueberry Cream Cheese since it was sweet and tangy at the same time. Packaging is quite similar with Wildflour only they accented it with a ribbon. They only have one branch in Quezon City and you also have to call in to reserve a day before you pick it up.

Dolce Latte Café and Gourmet Bakeshop. 1616 Quezon Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. +63.2.332.3407. Monday to Friday – 9:00AM to 10:00PM. Saturday and Sunday – 10:30AM to 8:00PM

So for now, if I have to choose between the two, I’ll go with Dolce Latte for coming up with a wide variety of flavor choices, it being not too sweet, and for cooking them just right. I read that Chatime (P55.00 each), Dunkin’ Donuts (P75.00 each), Le Coeur de France (P89.00 each), Café Jeepney (P130.00 each) and Country Style Donuts (P60.00 each) came up with their own versions of the Cronuts but I haven’t tried them yet. I’ll update this entry once tasted.