Packing your lunch is healthier and cheaper than buying it
Pop quiz: Which is the usually the healthiest lunch alternative? (A) Packing your lunch, (B) Buying it at the school cafeteria, or (C) Stopping at fast food the drive-thru? You probably guessed it already. Packing your lunch is usually the healthiest way to go, and often the most cost-effective.
Why don’t you pack lunch more often? If you are like many people, you get tired of the same old peanut-butter-and-jelly. That’s completely understandable! Next time you go food shopping, try some of these great ideas for your lunch bag. They can save you time and money, and give you a healthy option for lunch.
- Make a large pasta or rice salad with fresh vegetables at the beginning of the week and take a portion every day
- Get ready-made lunch-sized portions of tuna and crackers
- Try low-carb whole wheat wraps for your ham and cheese as an alternative to regular sandwich bread
- Pack 5 snack-sized bags of carrot sticks or apple slices all at once, and take one each day
- Get a good thermos and bring your favorite soup to lunch
- Bring leftovers from dinner, if your school has a microwave to heat them
- Try different spreads on your sandwiches, like low-fat cream cheese, bean spreads, or nut butters.
- Bring baked beans and turkey dogs heated in a thermos
- Make healthy chicken salad or tuna salad with plain yogurt and eat with crackers
- Make burritos using leftover taco fixings
- Bring instant oatmeal if your school cafeteria has a microwave
- Make a sandwich using an English muffin, bagel, or a freezer waffle instead of bread
- Don’t forget the fruits and veggies! Apples, carrots, oranges, and bananas are easy to pack.
- Make a cold bean salad, and use it throughout the week
- Hard-boil a half dozen eggs on Sunday, and bring one each day
These are just a few of the many great ideas that you can use to spice up your lunches each week. Healthy eating can really pay off in many ways. Enjoy!
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