One of the biggest keys to eating healthy is planning to eat healthy. when left in a situation of hunger, time, and motivation....it's easy to pick the quick, cheap, and easy route to satisfy your need for food. so you have to make a point to do some planning and preparing. it seriously only takes me 10 minutes max to prepare lunches. 10 minutes that could save me from choosing foods that can be more harmful than good.
before we got married, Logan was buying most of his lunches out during work. it was easier and what's better than chipotle almost every day of the week..... I was very determined to pack him lunches that were healthy, and ones that he would truly enjoy. (i am pretty lucky though, i married one of the least picky eaters)
So here is one of our lunches:
Mixed greens (the darker the better)
Chilled Beans (black beans and mukimame)
Onions and Feta Cheese
Organic Lunch Meat (NO Nitrates or Preservatives, and Farm Raised Animals)
Chilled: Quinoa, Asparagus, Brown Rice, Corn, etc.
Add some homemade balsamic vinaigrette and your set!
I also love packing cooked sweet potatoes...I bake them in foil while i pack lunches, and hang around before bed! My favorite is to top with Cajun seasoning...
I had been making Logan Turkey Sandwiches, but he eventually got tired of sandwiches and actually requested salads! but here's what I would use for those:
-Whole Wheat Bread (first ingredient should say "WHOLE" wheat or grain)
-Organic Turkey Lunch Meat (NO Nitrates or Preservatives, and Farm Raised)
(I use Kroger, Private Selection Organic)
-Vlasic Farmer's Garden Pickles (no added dyes)
-Sometimes Mayo and Franks Hot Sauce
-Tomatoes and Onions
A FEW More Lunch Ideas:
-Veggies and Hummus
-Apple and Peanut Butter
-Pretzels and Hummus
-Whole Wheat Pasta (marinara, pesto, etc)
-Orange, Grapes, Pears, Banana
-Chilled Pasta Salad
Start your New Year off right by making it a goal to pack your lunch 2 times/week, then build up from there!