Four Tips To Help Step Up Your Lunch Game
Is the #momlife and #dadlife leaving you stuck in a rut while packing school lunches? Does your work flow involve eating lunch on the run more than once a week? Are you interested adding some consistency in your life starting with lunch? Here are some tips to get you started.
Tip #1: Meal Prep
Meal prepping is gaining popularity these days. Not only does it save you a few minutes in the morning, but it leaves you with some peace of mind knowing that a delicious and healthy lunch awaits you that day. Set aside some time at the beginning of the week to put a little extra thought into some snacks and meals that a) are not boring, and b) will bring some balance to your diet for a lunch you will feel satisfied in more ways than one to eat. Pinterest is a great resource to find meal prep inspiration.
Tip #2: Build Variety Into Your Meal
Just a PSA to make sure the main food groups are represented in your lunch. A little bit of planning in advance goes a long way in helping to ensure that your body is getting what it needs from this mid-day meal. Come up with a few different healthy, mix-and-match items to keep lunch interesting all week long.
Tip #3: Invest in Reusable Containers
Reusable containers are excellent ways to control portion size and lower your environmental impact. Stores like Target and online sites like Amazon have a great selection of containers. Here are some ideas we saw and loved:
- Stackable containers – Perfect for small snacks. Imagine packing some yogurt + granola+ cut for a delicious parfait to-go
- Japanese-style bento boxes
- The “Prepd Packed Lunchbox” set – It has magnetic containers and silverware so all your lunch items stay in one place and never go missing!
Tip #4: Get a Lunch Pail. But Make it Fashionable.
For starters, when have lunch boxes not been cute? There are so many options nowadays. Metal retro lunchboxes from the 50’s, which are making a comeback, and zippered pouches that don’t look like they could have lunch are just a two examples of the lunch bags available today. Visit a store like Target or the good ol’ Amazon.com to browse through the endless selection of makes, models, colors, and characters.
Hope you enjoyed these tips and can bring them into your daily routine. Happy Lunching!