At my old job, I used to spend too much money going out for lunch every day. (There was a Whole Foods just around the corner… so good and so expensive.) Even now, I always do a scramble around noon trying to figure out what to have for lunch and by the time I’m starving, I just run out to buy a salad somewhere because I don’t know what else to do. I LOVE these lunch ideas that Louisa from Living Lou
is sharing! Don’t forget to leave a comment on the post with your favorite lunch ideas.
If your new years resolutions or goals include anything along the lines of “eat healthier” or “save money” this post is for you. By packing your own lunch for school or for work you’ll be heading in the right direction to achieving those goals. I don’t know about you, but the amount of money I waste on buying my lunch is incredible. This year I’ll be focusing on being consistent with my healthy lunches and I challenge you to do the same!
I’ve been packing my own lunch since high school, back then I would bring the same thing every single day. That meant a spinach salad with my Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette
. Over the years my lunches have progressed and are a little more exciting and creative. I’ve learned a few things along the way that I’ll share with you.
2. Make use of leftovers.
If there are leftovers from dinner, pack them up in your lunch! I do this quite often and it makes preparing your lunch the night before a breeze. Often my lunch will be leftovers and then a few of my “lunchbox essentials” (check out the list below).
3. Figure out a schedule that works for you.
Many people pack their lunches the night before, which keeps things organized and simple. That said, I’ve realized that for me, I prefer packing my lunch in the morning when I’m making my breakfast because then I have more of an idea of what I would like to eat that day.
4. When in doubt, pack a salad.
No time? No idea what you want for lunch? When I’m running low on time or inspiration, I whip up a quick batch of dressing and pack a salad.
5. Have “lunchbox essentials” at all times in the fridge and pantry.
If you have all the right items ready to go in the fridge or pantry, it makes packing a lunch a no-brainer. You can just grab and go! Make sure your lunch includes enough protein to sustain you throughout the afternoon.
My list of “Lunchbox Essentials”:
Vegetables: Carrots, celery, bell peppers, and sugar snap peas
Fruits: Grapes, berries, and tangerines
Nuts and seeds (if allowed, be aware of allergies)
Crackers and cheese
Dried fruits: mangoes, raisins, strawberries
Beans and legumes such as black beans, lentils and chickpeas
I’ll be sharing a few lunchbox ready recipes in my upcoming posts so stay tuned! And check out my Instagram @LivingLou
where I’ll be posting more lunchtime inspiration.
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