Sick of that sad excuse for a sandwich at your cafeteria? Blowing your money on fast food meals that barely satisfy? We’ve got lunch hacks that will help keep your wallet and body on the right track with healthy meals and lunch tips to get you prepared for the workweek ahead!
Get inspired by others
Imitation is the best form of flattery and finding someone that has already invented the wheel means you don’t have to. If you’d like to prepare a week’s worth of lunches, “How to make a week’s worth of lunches in one hour” by Karon Liu will help keep you on the right track. She has developed five delicious recipes for your entire workweek and they’re the real deal. We’re not talking about light salads here, these meals will keep you satisfied longer which will limit the amount of trips to the vending machine. Once you get the hang of these five recipes, you’ll learn to play around with a few different ingredients and eventually customize them to your taste.
Preparation is key
Ensuring you have all your ingredients and taking preparing them ahead of time will save you even more time and money in the long run. Once you’ve chosen your five meals, get your list ready and grab all your items. If your weekends are busy, schedule some time in your calendar on a Sunday afternoon or evening for one hour to prepare.
Your shopping list
Your grocery list for the week may seem daunting but remember, you’re making five meals and that includes leftovers. Not only are you getting lunch, you’re also getting a few delicious dinners in there too. Another great tip, when planning out your lunches, go for the foods that have the longest mileage. For example, chickpeas can be used as hummus, beans can be used for chillies, burritos or wraps, and carrots can be cut into long sticks for dipping into your hummus.
Invest in the right lunch gear
The right lunch gear makes a significant difference in your health and how your food will taste. Find tupperware containers that have easily matching lids and are BPA (bisphenol A.) free. Choosing variety packs are best from a cost perspective since you’ll get the most value for your money.
Below are a few investment pieces that’ll make your lunch a little more appealing.
Rubbermaid Take Along 16 Piece Variety Pack: These tupperware containers are perfect from a size perspective. This variety pack comes with a tight seal in four different sizes, perfect for small snacks to large size lunches.
Thermos: Thermoses are perfect for keeping your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold during work hours. The stainless steel exterior is sturdy, allowing you to occasionally drop the darn thing and still keep intact.
Thermos Lunch Bag: We’re not talking about those lunch bags you used to bring with you in elementary school. These grown up lunch bags are fully insulated with zippered pockets to stash your utensils, napkins and occasional treats for those much needed pick-me-ups in the afternoon. These bags are designed to keep your lunches nice and cool, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to put a freezer pack inside to keep things cooler for longer.