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Easy Tuna Salad on the Go + PackIt® Freezable Insulated Salad Bag Review

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reuseit sponsoredI feel like a real adult now.  Why, you ask?  Because ever since I started my new job, I have been using public transportation.  I’m not sure what it is about that, but it makes me feel old, responsible, and like I have “made it” in the professional world.  Plus, let’s be honest, sometimes the challenge of figuring out the bus system and actually getting to and from your destination on time is an accomplishment all on its own.

pack_it_lunch_box 4Once I knew I would be taking the bus to work, I realized I needed to step up my game in the lunch box and bag department.  I am kind of embarrassed to admit that at my former job I always brought my lunch in a plastic grocery sack.  Classy, right?

pack_it_lunch_box 3But now that I am walking to and from the bus stop, riding the bus, and walking several blocks to and from my building, a plastic sack just isn’t going to cut it.  Plus, is it totally wrong to admit that I want to look more like a professional and less like a bum as I embark upon each new day?

pack_it_lunch_box 5What perfect timing it was when reuseit reached out to me about a month ago to review their PackIt Freezable Insulated Salad Bag.  I loved the concept, thought the Dots pattern was super cute, and knew it would be perfect for carrying my lunch (and sometimes breakfast) each day to work.

pack_it_lunch_boxThe bag is unique because the ice pack is built right into the container.  Therefore, all you need to do is stick the entire lunch bag into the freezer the night before, load your food the next morning, zip it, and carry it with you wherever you go.  I’m obsessed with the fact that I don’t have to mess with an ice pack because they normally take up half of the container and leave zero room for the important part: the food!

pack_it_lunch_box 6I also love the fact that the bag contains a clip.  I generally just use this feature to carry it more easily, but it is also the perfect way to clip it to a bag so that you can truly be hands-free.  I should probably start using the clip feature since it seems like I am almost always juggling a million things on my way to and from work.

pack_it_lunch_box 9Lately, my go-to lunch that I have been packing in my freezable bag is a super simple tuna salad.  I kid you not, this is one of the easiest lunches ever!  I load the bag up with a can of tuna (or salmon or chicken), an individual package of mashed avocado (guacamole works too), and some sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder (you can omit this if using already seasoned guacamole).  Once lunchtime rolls around, I mix everything together into a healthy and delicious tuna salad full of tons of healthy fats.  Even after six hours in the bag, all of the ingredients are always still cold.  I’m a late luncher, so I appreciate that.

pack_it_lunch_box 2The PackIt bag is also big enough that I can add in a side and some snacks. I generally choose a veggie and a fruit.  Does it surprise you that this time I chose carrots and an apple?  I’m sure it doesn’t!

pack_it_lunch_box 8At the end of the day, I load all of my empty containers back into the lunch bag, board the bus, and I’m on my way.  Of course the least fun part is waiting for me at home: the dishes and meal prep for the next day.  Luckily, prepping my go-to salad is super quick and simple.  That is probably why it has become my “go-to!”  I’m also fortunate to be able to quickly wipe the waterproof interior clean and pop it back into the freezer.  Then it’s all good to go for the next work day!

pack_it_lunch_box 7Say hello to my new favorite kitchen/work/life tool!

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This post is sponsored by reuseit®.  I was compensated for my time, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Mary October 12, 2015, 8:37 pm
    Love that lunch box!! Our refrigerator at work is usually so full that I lose my food in it. It would be nice to be able to keep my lunch at my desk.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2015, 7:07 am
      This lunch bag most definitely sounds like something you need!
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola October 12, 2015, 9:28 pm
    That pattern is so cute! I'm always on the hunt for better lunch-packing options. I like that the ice packs are built in. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola recently posted...What I Learned from Getting DivorcedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2015, 7:09 am
      It is a super cool concept... plus it doesn't hurt that it's so cute! ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 12, 2015, 11:48 pm
    What a cute lunch bag! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Weekend SnapshotsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2015, 7:09 am
      Isn't it? There are several cute patterns! It was a tough choice for sure.
  • Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies October 13, 2015, 6:56 am
    Though I have several lunch boxes, I still end up using the hobo-style plastic bag every day. Not that my lunch box looks professional -- it's covered in cats! Lol I love the built in ice pack, though! Definitely seems handy for a longer commute. Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies recently posted...Greek Yogurt + Avocado Ranch DressingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2015, 7:10 am
      Yes, it is awesome for a long commute! Don't feel bad about the plastic bag though. Sometimes those are just SO convenient! ;)
  • Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl October 13, 2015, 9:22 am
    I'm a major fan of colorful polka dots :) Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl recently posted...Pumpkin Apple Spice LoafMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2015, 6:58 pm
      Aren't they so cute? I need to find out if they have more products in that pattern!
  • Ashley October 13, 2015, 6:12 pm
    haha oh gosh I took public transit in the DC area for many many years and if I never have to use it ever again for the rest of my life I would be totally okay with it! lol Can you tell I was over it?? ;) Love this bag! I hate messing with ice packs as well! Ashley recently posted...Pumpkin, Apple and Cheddar CalzonesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2015, 7:33 pm
      It's my new favorite thing to take with me to work! I can understand where you are coming from. There are definite perks and negatives to public transit. I'm sure I'll be sick of it soon :/ haha
  • Jessie October 14, 2015, 3:41 am
    What a cute lunchbag. Is this the only design they have? I wonder if they make ones for guys? Jessie recently posted...When One Baby Slept, The Other PlayedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 14, 2015, 7:22 am
      They have another cute colorful design, but they also have a plain black version that would be perfect for a man. Here is the link: http://www.reuseit.com/reusable-lunch-bags-and-lunch-boxes/packit-packitandreg;-freezable-insulated-salad-bag.htm

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