Let’s ‘Brown Bag It’

How many of you remember carrying your lunch to school as a kid? Did you carry it in a little brown paper bag? So many of us used to. But, with the convenience of fast food restaurants, snack machines and even cafeteria’s in our workplaces, many of us have forgotten about the art of packing our own lunch. We think it’s time to bring it back! Well… maybe not the actual brown paper bag. But, packing your own lunch (in a reusable lunch container, of course) can benefit your waistline, as well as the environment. Below are our top 3 tips to make it easier for you to get back in the habit, especially since Mom isn’t here to pack it for us anymore!

  1. 1.       Pack it the night before.  Let’s face it. It is hard enough to get everybody up, ready and out of the house in the mornings. The last thing you want to do is add another step, like making your lunch, to that crazy mix. If you pack your lunch the night before, (right after dinner, or when the kids go to bed) you’re more likely to stick with the plan and get to work with your homemade lunch.
  2. 2.       Keep it simple. Just because you are taking your own lunch doesn’t mean that it has to be a gourmet specialty that will make everyone else in the office jealous. Things that can be put together very easily, and that are fairly mobile will be a great choice.
  3. 3.       Include one food from each food group.  We all hate those late afternoon hunger pains from an unsatisfying lunch. Avoid those by including foods from each food group. Proteins will keep you fuller, longer, while the others will help keep you fully satisfied.

So, exactly what kind of lunch are we talking about? Included below is an example of an ideal lunch that is simple, filling and downright tasty!

  • Turkey sandwich:  Include light miracle whip, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion and any other vegetables you enjoy.  If you like avocados, they will also add a great taste to this sandwich.
  • Cottage cheese and fruit: Any fruit is great with cottage cheese. But, berries in particular provide a great flavor combination and are full of antioxidants.
  • Lunch is also a great time to get some of your recommended daily water. So, ditch that diet soda and enjoy an ice cold glass of water instead.

As good as this meal is, you will get tired of it if you eat it every day. So, if you are struggling to come up with your own bag lunch ideas, be sure to check out “Bag Lunches and Snacks” available at www.NCEScatalog.com.

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