A high protein lunch box recipe in collaboration with Zyliss Fresh.
Being mainly self-employed (except for the few hours a week I work in the local village shop – my ‘getting out of the house and talking to people’ job) means that I don’t often need a packed lunch, unless I’m planning an extended hill walk or a day event out somewhere. My home office is my kitchen table – I’m only a few feet away from the food. This can sometimes be a bad thing!
Regular readers might remember me writing a 40 Things I’d Like To Do Before I Turn 40 list last year. #35 on this list is to attend a yoga class.
So I did!
Holistic therapist, reflexologist and yoga teacher Hazel Thomson along with yoga teacher Niki Thomson co-hosted a Yoga and Relaxation Day here in Shetland last weekend, and I went along for a look-see.
As it was an all day event I needed a packed lunch, and I got to give my brand new Zyliss Fresh plastic storage rectangle with three inserts a trial run. With a 1.2 litre capacity and a leak proof lid that fits snugly this container is ideal to use as a lunch box.
I had grand plans of making, in advance, this really lovely healthy energy protein ball recipe for my packed lunch (I got as far as buying the dates), but I ran out of time after a busy week – the kind of week that makes you feel like you’ve got 50 browser tabs in your mind all open at once and you keep flicking back and forth between them.
A yoga and relaxation day was just what I needed.
The class itself was absolutely fantastic. I’ve been doing yoga at home myself for about 16 months, having been introduced to it via the P90X extreme home exercise program. The P90X instructor Tony Horton doesn’t do gentle yoga. It’s extreme stuff, so that’s what I’ve grown accustomed to.
The class wasn’t extreme yoga. As a relaxation class the instructors guided us through some gentle stretching yoga – hatha yoga – as well as a reflexology session and mindfulness and meditation session with a group of absolutely lovely ladies.
I’m currently trying to tone, strengthen and build muscle (I keep hinting about this – all will be revealed soon!) so my diet is very protein-centred as my body needs extra to help repair what I am doing to it.
Hence, my packed lunch for the day contained a whopping 36 grams of protein through the addition of hot smoked peppered Shetland salmon (I can’t get enough of this stuff!) and the low fat cottage cheese with pineapple (this ended up going in the space in my lunch box where my energy protein balls were supposed to go, but hey ho!).
Some cherry tomatoes (red and orange for variety) and the addition of a generous handful of Fresh & Naked baby spinach leaves (chopped up) means my lunch provided a whole host of healthy vitamins, minerals and fibre.
My lunch had tipped over in the car on the way to the yoga class (my father says I drive like a 19 year old boy), but despite this, everything was safely contained in its individual compartments, and after a morning of yoga my lunch was well needed (along with a cup of licorice Yogi Tea which I have become frightfully addicted to!).
I’m really rather impressed with my new lunch box. First, the individual compartments meant that I could easily weigh out everything I put into it (for monitoring my nutrition via My Fitness Pal), and the fact that it’s spacious and can fit loads of food unlike many Bento boxes out there. Also, the lid fits so snugly there is no worry about spillage. Win!
Zyliss have recently launched a whole new range of superb storage containers. Their revolutionary permanent seal means there are no gaps and it eliminates food traps. They are 100% leak-proof, 100% hygienic and 100% bacteria and mildew resistant. Anyone who is familiar with that black gunge that sometimes forms under the seals of other plastic containers will be pleased with this feature.
Using plastic storage containers to store fresh produce also keeps them fresher for longer, in some cases up to two times longer! That means no more bags of wilted salad in the back of the fridge!
Prices for these containers start from £2.49. The 1.2 litre container with the inserts that I used as a lunch box retails for £7.49.
Zyliss have teamed up with salad growers extraordinaire Fresh and Naked to launch this new storage container range. Fresh and Naked produce a wide range of gorgeous salad leaves including baby kale (my favourite!), wild rocket (peppery and awesome) and lamb’s lettuce. Keep an eye out for them in the salad aisle of your supermarket.
In the meantime, here’s my quick and easy hot smoked peppered salmon salad with quinoa, grains and red rice. I always buy some sachets of ready to eat grains by Merchant Gourmet to keep in my pantry and their quinoa, grains and red rice mix contains quinoa, green wheat, black barley, white quinoa, olive oil and natural flavourings. It makes a super quick lunch box salad too. I used some recently delivered olio nuovo from Pomora, an extra peppery olive oil direct from Italy (see link in sidebar!).
If you don’t want your salad as peppery as mine use a plain hot smoked salmon.
ps. when bringing your own packed lunch make sure you pack a fork. Just sayin’.
Hot Smoked Salmon Salad with Quinoa, Grains & Red Rice
- 125 grams Merchant Gourmet Quinoa, Grains & Red Rice
- 2 spring onions finely chopped
- 50 grams Fresh and Naked baby spinach leaves washed and chopped
- 135 grams hot smoked peppered Shetland salmon flaked
- 1 tbsp new olive oil (I use Pomora, see link in side bar)
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss lightly.
Click here for the nutritional information for this recipe.
Zyliss and Fresh and Naked have very kindly offered the chance for one of my UK readers to win a set of four Zyliss Fresh plastic storage containers and a selection of Fresh and Naked salad bags worth £19.49 in total. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below!
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Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary received complementary Zyliss storage containers and a selection of Fresh and Naked salad bags for the purposes of this post. This is a paid post although all thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. This post also contains Amazon affiliate links highlighted in orange. This means if you click through and make any subsequent purchase through Amazon we will get a small commission and you will be helping support our family. Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary is also a Pomora ambassador, and any purchases made through our website will earn us a small commission.