Avoid Spit and Non-Service - Pack Healthy Food From Home

July 25, 2017

Avoid Spit and Non-Service - Pack Healthy Food From Home

by Ian D Scofield

Being in law enforcement means that you will have to deal with a variety of issues that come up.  It also means you have busy nights.  In situations that are bad for your stomach, you might encounter problems getting service.  The negative atmosphere around law enforcement sometimes means that people will refuse to serve you.  Officers have also seen their food get spat in.

In order to avoid confrontation and to have food you know is safe to eat you can bring food from home.  I have come up with a list of quick and easy food that you can bring to work from home.  These foods are also easy to transport and I have done my best to keep it healthy.

Mason Jar Salads

A mason jar salad is a great transportable meal.  It can be made with any kind of ingredients but here is what I have used.  Fill the mason jar with a thorough bed of lettuce (or mixed greens) then add in baby tomatoes, black olives, croutons, chopped carrots, and cheese.  Bring either a prepackaged dressing cup or small container of dressing.  When it is time to eat, toss the dressing in with the salad, close the lid, and shake.  Your dressing is mixed with your salad and you are good to eat!

Chicken Legs Baked With Olives and Tomato

This is a very simple recipe.  All you need to do is take some inexpensive chicken legs and toss them in a pot or casserole dish.  Add in some tomatoes and green olives and bake the dish until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.  Throw the chicken along with the sides into a Tupperware container. 

Sandwiches of Any Kind

Sandwiches are a great food for work.  You buy bread and can make a different sandwich for every night of the week.  Add some vegetables on the side to make it healthier.  Or for better taste, add them onto your sandwich.  For a healthier alternative, use a rollup instead of bread.

Hobo Dinner

Hobo dinner is a favorite dinner food of mine.  Not only is it really easy to prepare and clean up, but it is tasty.  To cook a hobo dinner take out a sheet of tinfoil for your prep surface.  Then place chopped carrots, potatoes, yam, peas, and any other secondary ingredients you want.  Top it off with chopped pieces of meat.  My favorite selections are steak, chicken, or ground beef.  Bake everything wrapped in tinfoil until the meat is thoroughly cooked.  Keep it in a reheatable Tupperware.

Chicken Thighs Over Mixed Greens

Here’s another easy chicken recipe.  Cook some chicken and then put it on a bed of mixed greens.  Finish off the meal with green beans, onion, mini tomatoes, and vinaigrette (or your choice of other dressing).  You can play around with adding additional options such as hard boiled eggs, baked beans, garbanzo beans, or other proteins.  For work, keep the dressing in a separate container to keep the greens fresh.

Stir Fry

Take a collection of stir fry meat, broccoli, carrots, onions, green beans, red and green peppers, and place them in a frying pan.  Add olive oil and fry the food until cooked.  For some meats you might need to start with frying them first, in that case, let them start to cook and finish the cooking with the vegetables added.

Sides

You will want sides or snacks while you are at work.  Don’t snack on junk food like cookies.  Instead bring snacks like these:

  • Beef Jerky
  • Carrots
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Dried Fruit
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Homemade Fruit Cup
  • Nuts
  • Peanut Butter (and Health Crackers)

Bringing the right food to work can provide you with more benefits than just making sure that no one messes with your food.  By preparing your own food you save money and eat healthier.  These are two important factors for anyone who is aiming to be healthy in life.  Stay safe in the field and eat healthy.

About the author:

Ian graduated Seattle University with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice. He has held positions as an Auxiliary Public Safety Officer, a Security Patrol Supervisor, and as an in-house security officer for a major medical center. Through all of this he has picked up a wealth of experience, training, and education that he is happy to pass on to others. Ian can be reached at ian@iandscofield.com.





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