If you work full time then one of the constant battles is what exactly you should eat. Not only is it hard to know what to take with you, but it can also be expensive. Here are some tips on perfect work lunches…
Start At The Beginning Of The Day
One of the best ways to be able to appreciate lunch is to start off your day with a good breakfast. This will fill you up properly, meaning that you won’t have to start snacking in the middle of the morning for a quick stomach filler and energy boost, which in turn means that you’ll be hungry at lunch time instead of having to force something down on top of your mid-morning candy bar. Try out oatmeal with fresh berries or avocado on toast for a healthy breakfast that should fill you up.
Try Batch Cooking
Batch cooking is absolutely one of the best ways to make sure that you have something enjoyable to eat all week, although you should bear in mind that you might get a little tired of it by Friday, so you should probably make sure that your batch cooking lasts until about Wednesday or that it doesn’t make up the entirety of your lunch. Good ideas for batch cooking involve making lasagne that you can heat up in the office microwave, pasta salad, or chili. You could also branch out a little and make some soup – check out a site like Healthy But Smart if you’re looking for a good immersion blender. A bowl of leek and potato or minestrone soup along with some buttered wholewheat bread and a banana will be the perfect lunch to keep you going through the afternoon.
Ditch The Carbs And Sugar
If you’re used to eating a sandwich every day for lunch, it’s time to stop that now. It’s something that we’re used to from our lunches when were little kids: we take a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a bag of potato chips, and a candy bar for lunch – and it’s time that now you’re an adult, you should grow out of that mentality. Try out salads instead with plenty of fresh greens and feta cheese and olive oil croutons for a little extra taste, and make your own salad dressing out of oil and balsamic vinegar. You should also make sure that you ditch the candy bar – the sugar might give you a momentary rush but it’ll also give you a slump in the middle of the afternoon.
Finally, the number one rule of workplace food is to quit snacking. If your boss brings in treats for the office or there’s a birthday cake, it would feel rude not to partake, but save your snacking for those days or bring in a healthy treat like apple slices and peanut butter or carrot sticks and hummus instead of going for chips or something filled with sugar. You should also try to go for an energising green tea instead of that morning mocha, and drink plenty of water through the day.