I am so busy at work that when lunch time rolls around, I can’t even think about WHAT I should eat let alone where I should get it. And of course, skipping lunch is a health disaster that will result in not only metabolism slow down, but also lack of productivity perpetuating your workload! Ugh!
It’s the weekend and a good time to think about…..”what do I want to have for lunch next work week?” Buying lunches during the week take time from work, can result in bad choices and costs a lot of money. Making your lunches at home is the best option, and the weekend is the best time to prepare them since you have more free time.
Here is what to do:
Buy a large quantity of the meat, or meat substitute if you are a vegetarian. I usually pick a chicken and a filleted half of fish. Pick a spice, marinade or sauce (marinades are the easiest). Cook it all at once. I like to use the George Foreman Grill for speed. You can also bake in the oven.
Boil or steam a large pot of brown rice. If you want a little extra flavor, cook it in a broth. They have a number of healthy alternatives including fat free, low sodium, gluten free and organic.
If you don’t already have food containers like tupperware, or don’t want to spend that kind of money, grocery stores now carry cheap short term use containers, like the ziploc brand version. They actually last a long time.
Scoop a half a cup to one cup of rice, depending on your calorie requirements, into the bottom of a container and top with a 3-6 ounce piece of meat, also depending on your needs. The requirement range is based on weight loss versus athlete. Load up your freezer!
Buy an array of fresh veges you like to nibble on like carrots, cauliflower, celery and small sweet peppers. Wash and cut them into bite size pieces storing them, mixed together, in snack size ziploc bags.
The night before work, put together your lunch by taking out a frozen container, adding a piece of fresh fruit and one of your vege bags. If you are preparing for snacks too, toss in a handful of almond and a yogurt. To save money, you can get a large container of yogurt and portion it out into your food containers as well.
If you have the ability, I know some people take a whole week’s work of food in on Monday so they don’t have to worry about it all week. I don’t have the luxury of a freezer, so I usually just keep almonds at my desk and bring the rest in daily.
If you don’t have refrigeration or a microwave, there are a number of canned meats that taste good, and your rice, fruits and vegetables can last awhile without refrigeration.
Now you can focus on your work…AND have a quick and healthy meal!