So, what’s for lunch?
Who knows, right? Most of us just kind of “wing it.” I mean, it’s only lunch.
The purpose of lunch is to get you from breakfast (if you ate it) to dinner without interrupting your busy day of checking things off your very important to-do list.
You think, “Oh, I’ll just grab fast food or get whatever they have in the office cafeteria. Maybe I’ll just eat a Snickers and call it a day.”
But why? Just because you can get a cheap, quick, semi-edible lunch doesn’t mean you should.
If you’re like most women, you probably put everyone else first. But taking care of your needs and keeping yourself healthy is the only way you can be fully present and helpful to those around you.
Eating a nutritious lunch can help you power through the rest of your day and ensure that you won’t feel so deprived that you binge at dinner time.
And you can do this with minimal effort. No excuses!
When you’re rushed in the morning or still half asleep, packing a healthy lunch for yourself is the last thing on your mind (believe me, I know).
That’s why you’re going to plan your lunches on the weekend so you can save time in the morning without sacrificing your health. Stay with me here. I promise it’ll be easy.
Take 15 minutes today to brainstorm 3 easy lunch ideas such as soup and a sandwich, pasta with a small salad, or leftovers with a side of steamed veggies.
Consider whether you’ll have access to a refrigerator, microwave, or anything else you might need to cook your food and plan accordingly. There’s no need to get fancy. Save the complicated recipes and celebrity cookbooks for your next dinner party. (And invite me.)
Choose nutritious food with a mix of protein, fat, and carbs to give you energy to survive the afternoon without napping on your desk. I don’t think drooling on your laptop is a good idea. No junk food, sugary drinks, or anything from a fast food place. Double bonus: You’ll save money and feel loads better.
Next, head to the grocery store with your list of lunch ideas. Buy enough ingredients to make 3 servings of each meal. This will get you through the work week plus have a few extras for the weekend or when you don’t have the motivation to cook dinner.
Block off 1-2 hours on the weekend to make all your lunches. Really, ALL of them. Make the prep work easy on yourself by using pre-cut or frozen veggies. You could also cook slightly larger dinners and portion out an extra serving for the next day’s lunch.
Invest in some reusable containers that are safe for both the microwave and freezer (BPA free, please) or buy a cute bento box. Smaller containers will help you keep the portion sizes in check.
Every night, take 2 minutes to grab one of your pre-made lunches and pack it up so it’s ready to rock and roll in the morning (even if you work from home).
See, that wasn’t so bad! And I guarantee after a week of eating healthy lunches, your body and mind won’t feel so bad either.
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” Orson Welles. Tweet this!
What’s your best tip for eating a healthy lunch?