If you’re like any woman in the world today, your life is a constant cycle of go-go-go. Between work and home-life, it becomes hard to have time to yourself to think, let alone meal prep. When you get home from work, your main focus is dinner, whether for the family, your significant other or for yourself to enjoy. Most likely, the last thing you want to do after making dinner is preparing your lunch for the next day. Then come morning, it’s too late and you’re already running out the door.
Many of us then resort to take-out food for lunch or just a granola bar/quick snack to get us through the rest of the day. I myself sometimes lapse into the routine of going out in the middle of the work day to get lunch, but have realized I always feel better and eat better when I pack my own.
Believe it or not, it can be easy to get into a routine of packing your own lunch! Here’s some easy tips you can adapt into your own routine:
Buy in bulk
Buying things in bulk gives you a lot of food to spread out over the week. You can cook a large portion on the weekend and take some each day, or if you have a family, cook it for dinner one night and then have leftovers for lunch the next day.
Invest in quality storage containers
Containers of some sort is a must if you’re going to be packing lunch, but high-quality containers can enhance your lunch-packing experience even more. I recommend investing in a glass set. It can be a little more costly at first, but holds up much longer. It also won’t affect the taste of your food and is microwave safe. (Costco or Sam’s Club are usually great places to find a good set.)
Get a fun lunch box
Having a fun lunch box seems silly and maybe unnecessary, but it actually might help you start packing your lunch on a regular basis. You’ll be excited to use your fun, pretty new lunch box! It will also help you bring healthier food that needs refrigeration because you can just pop an ice pack in and you’re good to go. Get a lunchbox that has lots of space for everything you want to take (and one that’s big enough to fit your new containers in)!
Buy healthy food
This seems like a no-brainer, but it really makes a difference. Purchase healthy food that is easy to prep and make, such as microwavable brown rice packets, fruits and veggies you can grab and pack quickly, and other easy snacks like trail mix, yogurt, cheese, etc. That way you won’t be tempted to just run out with an unhealthy snack or have to spend money during the day to buy lunch.