Save Money and Devour Nutrients: the Grown-Up Lunch Box

For a little while now I’ve wanted lunch boxes like this: 

Or this

Anyways, putting my lunchbox fantasies aside, I wanted to let you know how easy it is to save money at the very same time you are devouring nutrients and getting good calories. Another healthy article? I know, I know, I’m sorry! But it’s really easy, again, like I was saying before. Then, I was talking about general meals and putting little effort into making them healthy (not hard). But now, I’m talking about bringing your lunch to work. 

Are you one to usually buy lunch? Let’s stop that. No need to waste money, and especially to waste it on bad food. It’s so important to know what is in the food you are eating. Preparing your own meals is the perfect way to do that. Don’t have time in the morning to pack a lunch? Do it the night before. I promise it won’t get bad. Making this effort could really save your eating from junk food to health food. Again, go to the market and get the veggies and fruits on sale, meaning they are in season. There are so many things you can do that take 5-10 minutes. Let me show you some lunches I pack.

Here we have a guacamole, spinach, tomato, and morning star chicken sandwich. Healthy ingredients, protein, veggies, and grain right for you. Whole-Wheat bread. Easy. Took Chris about 5 minutes to make for me. I ate this with an orange and some yogurt-covered raisins. 

This is my most frequent lunch meal. We have a huge thing of organic spinach in the fridge and we use it for almost every meal. I chop up whatever vegetables we have (this one has red pepper, cucumber, avocado, and tomato) and throw some morning star protein in as well. I use my cousin’s wonderful Balsamic Nectar and throw in a little oil too. Don’t feel full from salads? I always do from mine. Add protein to it or a healthy fat like avocado. Eat an orange or an apple with it. 

Here’s another good example of a usual meal including other things that accompany my main dish (salad or sandwich or leftovers). I always add a fruit and usually some kind of carb (here is my Grandma’s featured trail mix!). That sandwich is spinach, hummus, morning star, and tomato. I have a big thing of water that I keep by me at all times to constantly drink up. 

And here’s an example of other foods that accompany my salad or sandwich. I don’t know why that apple looks so freakishly large, bad camera angle maybe. I will usually have the apple and raisins with my main lunch meal, and then eat the Clif bar a few hours later. I can’t eat much at one time, but I get hungry quickly so I usually eat every three hours if possible. 

So there you have it. Examples of easy, simple, quick-to-make lunches to bring with you every day, no matter where you work. You don’t even need to refrigerate it. Just try it one day. You’ll find it very rewarding, I promise, and you’ll want to do it every day. You’re making yourself a nutrient-packed meal that will make your coworkers feel bad about themselves.

Tell me what lunches you bring to work! Enjoy :)

11 Responses to "Save Money and Devour Nutrients: the Grown-Up Lunch Box"

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  1. Marga

    October 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I really love your kitties!

    • hungryandfit

      October 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Me too :) come visit them soon!

  2. fitandbusy

    October 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I used to cook on the weekends and bring left overs as lunch the first couple days. Since I was working 3-4 days a week, the off days I’d make more fresh food and so on. It was a great routine to be in!

  3. birgitlikes

    October 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

    My favourite lunch to bring to work is a salad of couscous, chickpeas, tomato and cucumber, a little olive oil, a little lemon juice. It´s quick to make and no need to cook (if you use canned chickpeas) because the juices of the vegetables are enough to soften the couscous. I described it ones in my blog. It´s delicious, healthy and very, very filling.

  4. Gpa

    October 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I really enjoy seeing Alana and Chris—or at least part of them–their hands and –of course—their felines

    • hungryandfit

      October 14, 2012 at 7:59 am


  5. aliyajade

    October 22, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Avocados get such a bad press for their fat content-I love them, so good for your skin and really fill you up!

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