Survival of the Fittest – Surviving Lunch in a Cubicle Farm

First off, I work in an office, but I just like the term “cubicle farm”.  I don’t leave too often, other than Wednesdays (new comic book day), so I always have food on hand, and try to keep it relatively healthy.

  By 11AM, I’m usually hungry, because I like to work out around 530AMish.  By then, I’ve burned through all the protein I drink, my usual fruit snack around 10, and I’m hungry.

  So today’s offering is Smart Ones: Tasty American Favorites: Ham and Cheese Scramble.  I know what you are all thinking, microwave eggs sound gross, but you would be surprised.

  Nutrition wise, I like the fact that it comes in at a minimal 190 Calories.  Fat is 8g, Sodium 600mg, Carbs 12g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 2g, and Protein at 18g.  So, for the most part, this is actually a very healthy meal, definitely a thumbs up in that department.

  To prepare it, you throw it in the ol’ microwave for two minutes with the protective skin on, then vent it, and put it in there for another minute.  So, for the most part, it is very easy to prepare, especially if nobody is waiting for the microwave.

  Taste wise, it was a bit bland.  I generally like catsup on my eggs, but for science sake, I ate it plain today.  Yes, I am a savage for putting catsup on them, and sometimes I sprinkle a little tabasco too.  It’s good, you should try it.  Today I used neither, just a dab of salt, and some pepper, and that helped.  The taste of the cheese used was pleasant, and overwhelmed the other items.  You could faintly taste the ham, and eggs and potatoes don’t really taste like much.  It could have used some tabasco, which every desk should have for emergencies like this.

  Overall, as a meal, I thought it was tasty.  Not bursting with flavor, but not unpleasant.  I mean, really, taste wise, hard to screw this up.  The eggs microwaved well at the times given, they weren’t runny, the ham felt like ham, the potatoes were pleasantly soft, so the texture was spot on.

  As I said above, nutritionally, this meal is on point, especially if you are trying to lose a few pounds.  If you are trying to gain muscle, 18g of protein in a meal is a good start, especially if you have other sources of protein throughout the day.

  I felt the portions were a little small, so be prepared with your mid afternoon snack.  What…don’t tell me you don’t have a mid afternoon snack!  Who’s the savage now?

Author: Jay Roach

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