Homemade Power Protein Plate

Now to figure out how to make a Venti Iced Unsweetened Green Tea at home...

I can often be accused of being dense. There are just some things I don’t pay attention to. I’m off dreaming, or, as my dad says, I’m off in la la land. Once, in the quad at lunch in high school, I found myself singing the words to “Too Close” by Next at the top of my lungs until I was politely told to stop by my good friend Di. Who would’ve thought those lyrics were so nasty? Suffice it to say, this is a personality trait that I’m stuck with and I constantly have moments that make me feel like I’ve learned nothing in these 28 years.

So, it came as no surprise when I got addicted to Starbucks’ Power Protein Plates in 2008 and I didn’t realize the magnificent “duh” quotient (of, you know, making my own, for heaven’s sake) until, literally, last Friday. I don’t even want to discuss the amount of money I’ve wasted on novelty and convenience and unnecessary (though recyclable) packaging.

I just want to give you data.

Starbucks’ Power Protein Plate
Total calories: 370
Price: $4.95

Homemade Power Protein Plate
Total calories: 401
Price: $1.66

The reason the PPP (I’m not going to lie, sometimes I want that to stand for Peter Piper Pizza) is the ideal breakfast for me is three-fold.

1)      It is wildly convenient to eat on the way to work and at my desk.

2)      Its sweetness comes from bits of fruit and not traditional breakfasty sources which, for some reason, I don’t like. At all.

3)      It gives me 1/3 of my protein for the day. That’s good for someone who doesn’t eat a whole lot of meat.

I also like that you can switch out the type of cheese, among other things. No one wants to burn out on cheese. That would be the saddest thing ever.


Bentos, the Lunchmaker

If I have to bring my own lunch to work everyday until Eastertime, I’m going to have to have fun with it.

I’d been ogling the School Lunches from Weelicious for some time now and even though my little one doesn’t yet have teeth, I bought a set. I was surprised to see they’re actually a decent size. So, I’m using them for adult food. And I’ve ordered another set in pink. Like, good pink, not wussy pink.

Here is my first attempt at the bento box lunch, featuring Cooking Light Rosemary Chicken Salad. I present you… tomorrow’s Work Lunch…

Ruby red grapefruit, blueberries, kiwi, carrots, hothouse cucumber, rosemary chicken salad in wheat wrap, broccoli slaw