Here at Brook, we often eat lunch “al-desko.” We know that packing a good-for-you lunch at home is a simple (and affordable) step to better health that we can all practice.
Fear not! Eating al-desko does not mean you have to eat “limp sandwiches” as suggested in the definition sentence above. Packing your lunch can be easy, nutritious, and delicious… You just need to know how!
(Butternut Squash Soup and Salad packed by one of Brook’s RDN’s, Kelsea)
6 Tips for Packing a Healthy Lunch
On the weekend, decide what you will eat for lunch for the week and add it to your grocery list. That way, it’s quick and easy to grab healthy choices when you pack your lunch.
Consider batch-cooking on the weekend. Make a big pot of chili, soup, or a big bowl of whole-grain and veggie salad. These will keep for a few days in the fridge and can be eaten throughout the week for lunch.
Take five minutes every night (or morning) to pack something healthy for the day.
Use portable containers—such as a lunchbox, thermos, and various containers with tight-fitting lids—to pack and take your healthy lunch. Extra-small containers come in handy for single servings of peanut butter or salad dressings. Pro-tip: salad tastes best eaten right after dressing is added, so be sure to bring along your dressing on the side to add right before eating!
Remember food safety—if you don’t have access to a refrigerator to store your lunch, insert a cold pack into the lunch box and be sure to choose foods that will stay fresh and yummy from the time you pack them until it’s time to eat lunch.
For days you can’t pack lunch, keep some non-perishable healthy options at your desk, such as light tuna in water, whole wheat crackers, no-sugar-added canned fruit, popcorn, and nuts.
Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? Here are a couple of recipes to get your creative juices flowing!
You can also check out our blog post on mason jar lunches here.
On the Brook app, you can record the food you eat everyday, and indicate the carb size of each meal. This helps make connections between your blood sugar and the food you eat, and is a helpful way to be mindful about food choices you make throughout the day.
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