By PK, We Live Concepts
Let’s face it. Many of us are busy, and when it comes to eating lunch, we just want to grab-and-go. Therefore, learning how to plan and make an easy lunch is important for your whole family. Ultimately, eating a healthy lunch is essential to maintaining a vital and productive week, whether you are running a busy household or a chaotic workplace. Learning from my mistakes, I have developed some tricks. My goal is to eat healthy, keep my food cost down, and make my mid-day meals enjoyable.
Here are the top 10 tips that I routinely practice:
- Keep it simple. Pick only 2 to 3 main ingredients for a week. Then vary the cooking techniques to create a full range of meals. This is my parents’ trick when I was growing up. Example: by varying slicing and dicing, heating and chilling, chopping and blending, I can create a variety of meals with just a few ingredients. In the meantime, I save money.
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. They are usually higher in quality and cheaper.
- Eat a combination of fibre, protein and good fats while limiting the amount of carbohydrates. This is an energizing food tip that I recently learned.
- Include some snappy vegetables or crunchy fruits or nuts as snacks in order to cut down on the craving for chips and fries.
- Grill fruits and vegetables to enhance their sweetness. I use this technique to cut down the desire for extra sugar in my meal.
- Use pita-pockets to speed up the preparation for a sandwich made from left-overs. Keep the stuffing and the pita separated until it’s time to eat to avoid a soggy sandwich.
- Dilute soda and bottled fruit juice to make your own fruity water. I noticed this trick from my aunt when I was a child. Little did I know that the stores actually sell these products nowadays. I use sodium-free carbonated water or plain water to dilute my soda or bottled juice to about ⅓ to ¼ of the original sweetness. You can also practice this technique at the soda fountain. Just look for that water lever. This method saves me money and cuts down on sugar.
- Grill your own sandwich meat instead of buying expensive deli meat that is usually loaded with salt. I save money by grilling pork loin and chicken breasts, and then slicing the meat for sandwiches. Any left-overs can be cut into chunks to make Cobb salad to create another meal.
- Use dividers to keep your lunch box organized and the food pleasing to eat. I learned this technique from the Japanese restaurants. I use lettuce cups or baking cups to subdivide a lunchbox. Also, a Bento style lunchbox or serving platter is well-suited for this job.
- Take a 5-minute walk after lunch. I often spend money for lunch in restaurants simply to satisfy my urge to get outside. Including a 5-minute walk in my day can curb that craving.
There you have it. Of course, this list can go on forever. If you have any other good tips, please write a comment so that we can all share.
~Have you eaten yet?