How I do my lunchesPosted: June 21, 2012
I’ve brown bagged my lunch for a while now. Once in a great while I will go out and have a quick bite to eat but that is out of personal money or I’m treated (and I treat back with my personal money or at least I will be). It’s not out the budget money and it’s not putting me farther into debt but normally I go and work out on my lunch. I typically will eat my lunch after that workout.
So, in order to make sure that I will not buy lunch, I try to keep my ideas healthy, easy and different. I do have some standard; I bought this on sale and have to heat it in a microwave for 90 seconds pasta type things. But typically I make my lunch through leftovers or when I was grocery shopping, came up with some ideas for the week. I’m not a huge fan of the premade pastas but they are good in a pinch.
Leftovers. When we first moved into our rental, we bought a pack of Tupperware that comes in a multitude of sizes. I was already in the process of not eating all of my dinner because of working out and I actually enjoy most food the second or third day after. So whatever I eat the night before, be it at home or at a restaurant, gets halved and put into one of the containers. I put everything in a pile in the fridge and grab it in the morning. My dinners usually consist of a protein and a starch/veggie. I also do salads a lot.
Grocery Shopping Ideas. Just the other day, I made some homemade bruschetta and packed that with some triscuits, leftover ham and some delicious cheese. This was all stuff that I had at home because when I went shopping, I tried to think of some good lunch ideas that weren’t leftovers. We don’t always have ‘big’ meals—sometimes we’ll have a chicken salad or just some hot dogs. On those days I try to make sure I’ll have something for lunch or I’m stuck grabbing those pasta things. Again, this is made the night before and put into a pile in the fridge for easy grabbing in the morning. Other times, I’ll go with a quickly made sandwich that morning.
For my work snacks, that’s extremely easy as I have the same basic things every time. I usually have a piece of fruit and some type of veggie thing. I love to eat the fruit right after I work out because it gives me some energy but isn’t too heavy for my stomach. The veggies (salad, cucumber slices, tomato slices, etc) are usually eaten with whatever leftovers I had for the night before or are my side item if I make a sandwich.
Using the above ideas, I don’t waste food and I don’t feel like I “need” to buy my lunch. Most of them are pretty cheap as they are leftover dinner. This way I’m not throwing out leftovers and wasting money that way. And they are lot more healthy than going to the fast food place down the way or the vending machine. Cheaper too!