- Hard boiled eggs. They are fine out of the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
- Nuts. My favorite are Costco's mixed nuts.
- String cheese, or mozzarella cheese balls, also from Costco. Also fine out of the fridge for 12-24 hours.
- While we're on the topic of Costco, they have delicious single-serve guacamole cups. They are good with carrots or other veggies, but I usually eat them plain or with pretzels. Freeze them, and they last all day w/o additional refrigeration.
I couldn't find the mini-guac cups, but I did get a box of single-serve hummus at Costco, and will be bringing those with some carrots and cucumber bits next week to try out. I also pre-boiled a few eggs on Sunday, and while I did not take them to school, I did enjoy having a ready-made snack in the fridge while working at home.
Trader Joe's whipped cream cheese
quality sliced ham or turkey from the deli
a tiny bit of hard salami (yes, I know that will probably make me die sooner, but it's totally worth it)
wasabi mayo (just a bit, enough to coat the top half of the bagel)
I make this the night before (my mornings are a little hectic), wrap it in wax paper, stuff it in a little plastic bag, and then I just grab it in the morning before catching the bus. Bagels do not get soggy and they don't get smushed.
This sounds great, and I may try to put together something similar in future. You're right about bagels: they can take more of a beating than sliced bread, and fill my tum up more efficiently. My only problem is finding quality bagels around here...
All these suggestions have also helped me redefine "lunch" away from a structured meal toward a collection of nibblets. My biggest concern is finding foods that are relatively dry, produce little waste, and don't require utensils to eat.
My successes so far:
A small container of blueberries was easily devoured in the classroom before the first students filed in.
Mini Babybel cheeses are super easy to nibble upon and the wax wrapper is non-offensive in the trash.
Snack-sized zipper-seal bags of almonds, pumpkin seeds, chocolates, and mixed nuts are now a permanent fixture of my travel bag. Indeed, I was grateful for this addition while waiting in line at the store today during BlackFriday madness!