How To Pack Grown Up Lunch Boxes

Trish Brimhall shares her tips for packing sack lunches for grown ups.


Why pack a lunch?

  • Time: pack your own in 5-10 minutes vs. 30 minutes lunching out (travel and wait time). That is a savings of 83 hours a year or approximately 3 ½ days of your life each year that you could spend doing something you love.
  • Money: Lunching out daily adds up to approximately $1,200 – 2,500/year. Packing a lunch costs $300-600/year. Savings = up to $2,000/year. That’s a Disneyland trip for 4!
  • Control: You are completely in control of the nutrition, balance, variety and portion, whereas when eating out you surrender most of your control in those areas.


Components to consider when packing lunch:

Beverage: Water is always the best default when it comes to hydration, but many people either dislike water, or are looking for something more flavorful during their lunch break. Try Cascade Ice or other flavored water.

Balance: Complex carbs (grains), veggie, fruit and protein. You always want to have some from each of these categories to provide the significant source of nutrition that lunch represents. Sometimes getting a variety of protein sources is tricky especially if you don’t have refrigeration easily available. 

Variety: This doesn’t simply mean don’t pack the same lunch everyday, but it also means that you should vary the flavors and textures in your lunch. Sometimes we may have met our caloric or even volume of food needed at lunch to get us through until dinner, but if it didn’t satisfy the sensory needs and craving we have, we may need to rethink our packing strategy.

Sweet Tooth: It’s better to plan for your sweet tooth than ignore it and find yourself punching numbers into a vending machine after lunch to get that sweet fix. Fruit is nature’s dessert, but if that doesn’t quite cut if for you, pack a portion-smart dessert. Shoot for 80 calories or less: 2 Thin Mint GS cookies, a square of dark chocolate, 2 pieces salt water taffy. Planning to pack can make a world of difference for your health, your time and your money!

 

Visit www.NutritiousIntent.com for more nutrition tips.


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