Slender Essentials: Sack Lunch

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I’m a serious proponent of packing meals to bring on-the-go, whether it’s to work, school, or anywhere else during a busy day. Thinking about all of the liberties that restaurants and food manufacturers take (i.e. added butter, oil, and preservatives) gives me the serious heebie jeebies. Plus, packing a lunch (or breakfast, or even dinner) will save you some serious $$$.

What I’m saying is that prepping your own on-the-go meals will keep you slender and your wallet fat. Let me show you how I do it.

Simple and inexpensive essentials for packing a sack lunch | The Slender Student

1. Sterilite Ultra Seal 4.8-Cup Round Divided Bowl, 6-Pack– Finding these containers was arguably one of the greatest things that happened to me in the part of my life that revolves around food (which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is a fairly large part). The divided container let me pack actual meals instead of lame turkey sandwiches. Best part? Literally no leakage. Worst part? They’re really making my freak flag fly by causing me to be this excited about a container…

Sterilite Ultra Seal 4.8-Cup Round Divided Bowl Sterilite Ultra Seal 4.8-Cup Round Divided Bowl Sterilite Ultra Seal 4.8-Cup Round Divided Bowl

2. Aladdin 16-Ounce Transform Recycled and Recyclable Tumbler, Lake– I debated whether or not this was even worth posting here and then I remember that coffee is the nectar of the gods. It is responsible for my GPA and basically everything I successfully do in life. So, yeah, here’s the mug I use to tote my coffee to school when I’m remembering that broke college students shouldn’t buy Starbucks eight times a week. No leaking here either.

3. Camelbak Eddy Bottle (1-Liter/32-Ounce,Charcoal)– Thirst and hunger are the identical twins who think it’s funny to switch identities and see if anyone notices. In this case, though, mistaking your thirst for hunger can keep you from being slender. My solution? My trusty Camelbak water bottle. I’ve recently upgraded from the .75 to the 1-liter and I haven’t looked back since.

4. Ziploc Twist ‘N Loc Containers, Small 2 Cup, 3 Containers & 3 Lids (Pack of 2)– These containers were my go-to when I first started prepping meals. They’re dishwasher and microwave safe, have really sturdy and stackable screw-on lids, and even have measurements on the side! I use them to pack yogurt and fruit, overnight oats, stir-frys, and small chopped salads (I use the medium size for larger salads).

Ziploc Twist 'N Loc Containers, Small 2 Cup Ziploc Twist 'N Loc Containers, Small 2 Cup Ziploc Twist 'N Loc Containers, Small 2 Cup Please let me know if you have any questions about the items above or if you have any tried and true prepping products that you think I need to try out. Also, what do y’all think about a weeklong series of on-the-go lunches or breakfasts? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunstone Yoga & Hot Pilates Giveaway Winners!

Remember that time I was going to announce the giveaway winners on Thursday? Right. I’m the worst, sorry. So, without further adieu, here are the winners for the free introductory class and free week to Sunstone Yoga!

Winners of the free week to Sunstone Yoga! Congratulations to Kelly, Nikki, Natalie, Lauren, and Olivia! Be on the lookout for an e-mail from me in the coming week letting you know what to do next!

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Sunstone Yoga and Hot Pilates Giveaway

When I first opened the e-mail from Sunstone, I was ready to write it off. I don’t know what it is about yoga, but I’ve never been able to get into it. I think it might have something to do with the amount of blood that rushes to my head after 30 minutes of downward dog…

Ok, I’m not a marketing major or anything, but even I know that I probably shouldn’t be telling you how much I hate yoga before imploring you to enter a yoga giveaway. Well, I actually went to Sunstone for the first time to try Metal, their hot pilates class. Pilates I can get down with, and Metal was one of the most intense pilates classes I’ve ever taken. Set at 90° F, Metal takes you through many of the traditional pilates moves, but with spurts of boot camp style cardio added in. I left drenched in sweat and woke up the next day feeling like every muscle in my body was made of a taut rubber band.

Metal, the hot pilates class at Sunstone Yoga | The Slender Student

Despite my original hesitation, I didn’t think I could post a giveaway to Sunstone without trying out one of their yoga classes. So, next I tried their Earth class. Earth is also set at 90° F and is described as a “power flow” class. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it. I didn’t feel like I was just folding myself into a pretzel to no end, like I normally do. The instructor walked around, offering descriptive instructions about each move, so I finally understood which muscles should be engaged when. I also think most of my blood remained evenly dispersed throughout my circulatory system so, like, that might be a plus.

After my experience at Sunstone, I guess you could call me a convert. And if you’re interested in hot pilates, several hot yoga options, or just a really down to earth, non-judgmental studio that isn’t crawling with Lululemon-clad housewives, I suggest that you give Sunstone a try (check out all of the locations here; Texas only). Plus, cool story: Sunstone is offering five people the chance to win a free introductory class and free week at Sunstone for themselves and a friend. Rules for entering are below!

Enter to win FREE YOGA at Sunstone Yoga (Texas locations!) | The Slender Student

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post, telling me a little bit about why you want to try out Sunstone. To increase your chances of winning, earn a second entry by liking both The Slender Student and Sunstone on Facebook, and then leaving a second comment here telling me that you did so.

1. All entries must use a valid e-mail address.
2. Open to those with access to a Sunstone studio near them.
3. Comments must be entered before Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 PM central time.
4. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, April 25 at 5:00 PM central time.

Kitchenability Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Caroline, Jennai, and Vikki on winning copies of Kitchenability 101! Be on the lookout for an e-mail from me with details on how to claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone for entering and I hope I can continue to host more giveaways for y’all! Bummed you didn’t win? Come to CYC Fitness tomorrow for a fun and free event with author/chef, Nisa Burns, and I for more chances to win!

Kitchenability Giveaway

Have a cooking, nutrition, fitness, or totally random question for The Slender Student? Ask away!

Enter to win a Kitchenability cookbook at!

How many of you told yourselves that you’re going to cook more this coming semester? Whether you want to save money or calories, getting in the kitchen guarantees both, but it can be easier said than done. For that reason, today marks the opening of a giveaway for 3 copies of Kitchenability 101, a cookbook designed for college students and other busy people with limited time, space, or money. The coolest part of this book is that author and chef, Nisa Burns, is only 21-years-old, so she knows exactly how to teach you the skills you need to utilize what you’ve got.

And, if you’re lucky enough to be in Austin, join Nisa and I on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30 at CYC Fitness for a demo of easy, portable breakfasts to fuel you throughout your day. We’ll be giving away samples, tips, and other Kitchenability and CYC goodies! You really don’t want to miss this, so mark your calendars!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post, telling me why you want to up your “kitchenability” this semester. Want a second entry to increase your chances of winning? Instagram a picture of a slender meal you’ve prepared, tag me (@theslenderstudent) and include #kitchenability in the caption!

1. All entries must use a valid e-mail address.
2. Open to U.S. residents with a valid mailing address.
3. Comments must be entered before Tuesday, January 15 at 3:00 PM central time.
4. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00 PM central time.

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