Nowadays, most workers opt to bring a packed lunch to work, as a quick sandwich at the trendy bistro can set you back by $10 to $20. Indeed, bringing your lunch to work is a great way to save you money, and as you control what goes into your lunch bag, you also get to make some healthy choices which will benefit you in the long run.
Before, the words “packed lunch” was synonymous with thin sandwiches, a packet of chips, and perhaps a banana. But now, Google some packed lunch ideas and you get a collection of Pinterest-worthy snaps of colorful fruits and vegetables cut into whimsical shapes, as well as stews, pastas, and sandwiches artfully arranged in containers.
Anyone can prepare a healthy, delicious packed lunch, if you’ll follow these tips.
There are several ways to do this. The night before work, you can make a little extra for dinner and save that for your lunch the next day. Pack it in a microwaveable container so you can just grab it from the fridge and go.
You can also spend a few hours of your weekend preparing batches of food that you like. You can make pasta that’s good for two servings, a stew enough for two days of lunch, and you can slice up some cold cuts for some sandwiches for another day.
Pack your lunch in well-made containers
You can use BPA-free Tupperware or glass containers. Make sure that your containers aren’t too big or too small, and pick ones that are easy to clean. Get an insulated lunch bag so your food stays cool until it’s time for you to heat it up.
Make sure to eat some fruits and vegetables
A fruit or vegetable salad is one way to get some vital nutrients into your body during the day. Pack cut up fruits or vegetables in a mason jar, and have the dressing in a separate container. When it’s time to eat, pour the dressing into the mason jar, cover, shake, and voila! You’ve got yourself a nice, fresh salad for lunch.
Pack some snacks
If you’re going to bring your lunch, you might as well bring some healthful snacks to the office. As previously reported by Jobs & Hire, it’s important to have a few things to munch on at work, so bring some homemade trail mix, some cut-up veggies and hummus, whole wheat crackers, a boiled egg, or string cheese to snack on.