If you step out of our office and head in any direction, you'll find tons of great restaurants. Whether we want burgers, pho, tacos, sushi, BBQ, or smoothies (which do count as food, despite what some of my coworkers would say), they're all within a five minute walk, bike ride, or drive. This makes it very easy to "forget" to pack a lunch in the morning, but everyone knows that it can be a lot harder to eat healthy foods when you are relying on someone else to cook for you, not to mention how much more expensive it is to eat out numerous times a week. A little planning and preparation can help you eat healthier and save money!
One week, I took some inspiration (Pinspiration?) from my Pinterest page, and pre-assembled salads for the week, based on the Mason Jar Salads that I've seen. I made five salads, assembly-line style, and brought them all to work on Monday. I was surprised to find that on Friday, the lettuce was still as crisp and fresh as it was on Monday, since I was pretty skeptical that it would still be good. It took about 15 minutes to prep everything, from chopping vegetables to putting the prepared salads in the fridge, and it was great to not even have to think about lunch when I was rushing around in the morning, trying to get ready. I also find myself a lot less likely to decide at 11:45 a.m. to go to a restaurant for lunch if I have something fresh in the fridge, instead of just a freezer dinner that I know will last for awhile.
Having the same salad every day, though, can get boring. I was pretty burned out on salads by the end of that week. If you're looking for more variety, here's a blog post with 90 Healthy No-Heat Lunches for Taking to Work. Since summer is about to hit us again, the idea of a "no-heat" lunch is pretty appealing. These could be made for dinner, and then packed into containers to bring for lunch again the next day, which again saves on morning prep time! A light, healthy lunch will also help battle that afternoon fatigue that always seems to set in around 2:30 or so.
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