The Super-Easy Trick to Healthy & Tasty Work Lunches
By Krista Elliott
A common resolution for the new year is to start eating healthier. It’s not too difficult to make healthy choices at home, when you have your entire kitchen at your disposal.
At work, however? That’s another story. When you’re in a rush, it can be tricky to pack a lunch that’s good for you AND that’s filling enough to help you ignore the siren call of the candy machine.
Before you pack another sad sandwich or tasteless frozen dinner into your bag, why not try some easy and healthy tips that will make it easier than ever to make great choices?
Easy and Healthy Lunch Tips
You’re not going to make healthy lunches if you don’t have anything prepared. To make it easy (especially on mornings when you’re only operating off of half your brain cells), think of your lunch as building blocks: Protein, veggies, flavor, and something to hold it all together. Here are some examples:
- Every Sunday (or whatever your day off is), cook up a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts, some large shrimp, some tofu, and/or a few boiled eggs. Season them simply with salt and pepper, as you’ll be adding seasoning magic later on.
- Stock up on quick and simple veggies like cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and prepared celery sticks. The less prep work you have to do, the more likely you are to actually eat your veggies.
- Don’t forget the flavor! Hot sauce, salsa, hummus, pesto, tapenade, and yes, even a bit of cheese have a ton of taste, even in small amounts, and are the key to making healthy eating enjoyable instead of punishing.
- Now, you need something to hold it all. Wraps, salad greens and whole-wheat rolls provide a great base. Love pasta? You can cook a box of whole-wheat pasta, toss it in olive oil, and then freeze individual portions in containers. It will microwave easily at lunchtime.
So how do you assemble your building blocks? Just pick one of each (except for veggies, which are unlimited) and add whatever spices and herbs strike your fancy. You could try:
- Pasta with shrimp. pesto and tomatoes, or with roasted squash cubes, rosemary and a touch of parmagiano.
- A grilled chicken wrap with black olive tapenade, oregano, slivers of red onion, and greens, with baby carrots on the side
- A huge green salad with a pinch of fresh dill, a couple of sliced boiled eggs or some tofu, some tomatoes, a sprinkle of lowfat mozza, and some poppyseed dressing.
As long as you keep a good stock of your building blocks ready to go in the fridge, you can get completely creative, tossing stuff madly into a container at 6:15 in the morning while yelling at the kids to get dressed already.
All you need is a small amount of prep work, and you’re well on your way to building a healthier you!
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