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© 2015 by Andrea Metcalf

5 Tips to packing a healthy lunch during the work week

December 27, 2017

 

If you are busy and feel like you are constantly working and you don’t have enough time to eat lunch, it is important that you start to make this a priority. Eating a healthy lunch can make a big difference in your energy level throughout the day and can actually help you be productive.

 

Packing a healthy lunch can make a big difference in how your day goes at work. It may take some time and preparation, but packing your lunch will actually help you stay organized and prep for the week ahead! It can be hard to prepare your lunch in the morning before you head off to work as there is so much that needs to get done before you walk out the front door. This article will highlight some tips to packing a healthy lunch during the work week even if you don’t have a wide selection to choose from.

 

  1. Budget. Going out to eat during the work week can add up and take a toll on your budget. One of the easiest ways that you can save money is by packing your lunch for work. Even if you only spend around $10 a day for lunch, that can add up to be around $50 a week, or $200 a month. That is roughly $2400 over a year! That is a lot of money that you could save by taking a few moments every day to plan your lunch.

  2. Health. Going out to eat for lunch or not eating at all can be bad for your health. It is in your best interest to pack a nutritious lunch that is full of vegetables, fruit, healthy grains, water, and dairy products. You can ensure that what you're feeding your body is healthy as opposed to going out to eat and getting something that is quick, easy, and most likely not healthy.

  3. Eat leftovers. Chances are that when you make a healthy meal for your family, you may have leftovers. Next time you make a meal, consider this factor and if you do not make leftovers, consider doing so. It will only cost you a couple more dollars and you will have a healthy and nutritious meal for lunch the next day as well.

  4. Don’t pack something that you know that you won’t eat. You may find that you have food in your fridge that you can pack for your lunch but if you don’t like what there is to offer, don’t pack it. If you don’t like what you pack, you won't eat it and it will just go to waste.

  5. Remember your lunch! It may seem like the hardest step to packing your lunch is actually taking time to put things in a lunch box when in reality, the most challenging part is remembering to take it with you in the morning! This is especially true if you aren’t used to taking your lunch to work with you. It may take you a couple of weeks to get used to the habit of taking your lunch to work but after you create a new habit for yourself, you will be much happier. When you are first getting started, leave yourself a note in the morning so that you remember to grab your lunch pail as you walk out the door.

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