Lunch is one of my favorite meals of the day, especially during the workweek. However, there is always one thing I dread: What will I have? Often times, it ends up being something cheap and simple – work is usually busy and I sadly don’t have the time to stop and go to the grocery store to pick up a full course meal. So, by the time I have settled on something, I usually have no time to eat it much anyway or I end up just skipping lunch altogether. I have found myself wondering how I could fix that… How could I make lunch good again? It’s by far my favorite meal of the day, but with all the work during the week, having lunch just starts to seem like much more of a hassle than anything else.
Immediately, I took to the drawing board, talked with a few family and friends and came to a conclusion: Meal prep. It was probably the simplest thing and I could not believe I hadn’t thought of it before. However, I could not just settle for simply “meal prep,” I had to dig a little deeper. I really wanted to also feel energized after having lunch, ready to take on the second half of my day and not just feel bogged down or heavy because I opted for take-out. Which, don’t get me wrong, take-out is great in a pinch, but that is not what I want for lunch each day. I want to focus on light, healthy and fulfilling lunches for the “on-the-go” worker.
These would require the least amount of effort, really only preparation the night before of the morning of work. You might also need to pick up an insulated lunch bag and a few ice packs if you do not already own them, but otherwise, meal prep would be rather easy.
So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite workday lunchtime meals: The first thing, I thought of was one of the easiest meals you could pack: Leftovers (office microwave permitting). If you are anything like me though, you enjoy eating good dinner meals a second time, what better way to enjoy it then for lunch the next day? This also helps cut down on how much waste you create with each night’s dinner and also less room is taken up in your refrigerator. Pair some leftovers with a piece of fresh fruit, like an apple or an orange and you’re set to go.
Another meal I figured would go well for lunchtime is one of my favorites, sushi. Perhaps seafood is not quite your thing; however, fish has been proven time and time again to be really good for the body, packed full of protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids (good for brain and body health). You can easily purchase sushi at the store the day before, store it in the refrigerator and have it fresh for the morning.
The next meal my friends/family and I came up with were what we consider our “healthy nibbler snacks” or to put in simpler terms: Small meals made of healthy snacks, most assuredly for a working person on-the-go. These things include but are not limited to:
Fruit such as grapes, apples, oranges, bananas and peaches.
Nuts, like almonds and walnuts.
And other nutrient-packed foods like raisins and trail mix.
These can also be paired with a protein shake to make them a little more fulfilling. The last meal I decided on was wraps, much like a sandwich only much healthier and much more portable too. These can be paired with just about anything, from peanut butter and jelly to ham and turkey. There are also many different types of wraps you can choose from as well, from whole-wheat to spinach even. This list is only the beginning to how many different lunches you can make for lunch during the workday. With all of these in mind, I highly suggest going out and making some lists of your own! Remember, it is never good to skip a meal, no matter how busy you might be. Stay happy, healthy and always work hard!