Bringing your own lunch with you to work is a great way to save money and get better control over your health. Rather than turning to fast food or overpriced deli sandwiches, plan ahead for lunches that are quick, delicious and far more sensibly portioned than what you’d end up buying out. Your wallet and your waistline will thank you for it!
What to include
The key to the perfect lunch is balance. For a dietician-approved meal, try and include a balance of whole grain carbohydrates and lean protein, with veggies included somewhere. Some fruit on the side will help up your vitamins, while nuts can be a great protein addition to keep you fuller for longer.
Sandwiches are an easy way to create a balanced meal, and they’re also one of the easiest packed lunches to make the night before. Try to keep your breads whole-grain and fill with healthy protein options like tuna, turkey or egg, then add texture and colour with extra veggies stuffed in. If sandwiches get a bit dull, try mixing things up with wraps, pitas and other combinations to keep things interesting.
By cooking pasta ahead of time, possibly in bulk, and loading it up with delicious extras like meats, veggies or whatever you might be craving, you can have a satisfying, delicious meal at work. Just remember to keep the ingredients balanced, and don’t go overboard on the pasta itself.
If you have a little extra time on the weekend or just love to cook, and great strategy can be cooking your favourite dishes in bulk and then freezing them in individual Tupperware containers, ready to take into work for convenient, healthy lunches. Try making different kinds of soups, chilli and casseroles and then just remember to take them out to defrost the night before you want to eat them. This is a great way to save some extra cash while brushing up on your cooking skills.