Let’s face it, if you want to lose weight, get healthier, save money, or all of the above you need to bring your lunch to work. Packing your lunch along with a mid-morning and afternoon snack will keep you satisfied for the day and won’t cause you to become ravenous. If you come to work each day with absolutely no food, by lunch time you will be so hungry you won’t care what you eat. Often, this can cause us to spend more money. Just think if you are single living alone you can spend approximately $100 a week on groceries. These groceries can provide you with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! If you are spending $10 a day 5 days a week on lunch that’s another $50 a week or $200 a month. Do you realize what you could do with another $200 in your pocket a month?! Bringing your lunch keeps you in control of the food choices you make throughout the day and saves you a few bucks.
Lunch office party today? Sorry, I would say “pack your lunch.” Yeah, yeah you might get some snobby looks but 99.9% of the time the healthy food choices at office parties are limited. Thus, leaving very little room for you to keep up your healthy lifestyle. I know, I know, every once in a while right? Well, yes but do you really want to sabotage 5 days of clean eating with 3 slices of pizza that you know will not make you feel very good? NO! So bring your lunch! If it turns out that the office ordered some tasty salads, veggie platters, or fruit then go for it and have a little extra. Food preparation is key to success in the workplace.
Oh yeah, remember to eat breakfast something with healthy fat and protein to help your body and brain start the day. Like eggs! (See our recipe for a yummy breakfast frittata in our entrees section!)
Here are some tips on how to make packing your lunch a little easier!
- Sunday prep day: Always take 1-2 hours to prep your food for the week. Whether it’s cutting up all of your veggies and fruit or trying out a new recipe.
- Extra serving at dinner: If you make an extra serving at dinner time you can easily pack it at night and take for leftover to work the next day. That always makes for a delicious lunch to look forward too.
- Water bottle: get a large water bottle and try to drink 2-3 of them a day. It will keep you hydrated and curb hunger while in a meeting and not to mention the added benefits it has on your skin! The first sign of dehydration is fatigue! So, if you are feeling sluggish, try drinking some water before reaching for another coffee or a sugary energy drink!
- Nuts: always keep some nuts in your desk! Whether you prefer almonds, cashews, or pistachios, they are always great in a pinch! You can also create your own “GORP”** and bring it to work! You can add dairy free chocolate chips and raisins for added sweetness!
**GORP: “Good Old Raisins & Peanuts” – Although peanuts are not considered to be #paleo. Peanuts are a type of bean (legume) which can cause bloating and inflammation. There are many alternatives! (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, etc.)
Unsure what to buy at the grocery store? Check out our printable grocery list to keep yourself on track and on budget!