One of the things I have wanted to improve about my eating habits for a long time is to consistently bring my own lunch to work. For some reason I really struggled with it and would instead spend lots of money purchasing a lunch that was not the healthiest and would be too large of a portion size. If you think that buying a lunch every day would cost anywhere between $8 and $14, that really adds up! I tend to workout over the lunch hour a lot, so I’d get back to the office and feel completely famished. I’d devour that huge lunch I had just purchased because it was all right in front of me.
Bringing leftovers from home is the easiest solution for a healthy lunch. You don’t have to spend any extra time to make something new. If I completely relied on leftovers for lunch I would start to feel a little bit stifled in my meal planning for the week as I kept searching for recipes that would heat up well.
I also committed the number one faux pas in an open concept office. Desperate for a home cooked lunch I grabbed last night’s dinner out of the fridge to take to work. I did a gruelling stair workout at lunch time so I was famished when I got back to my desk. I heated up my leftovers without a thought and just as I was eating our floor admin walked by to ask me if I was the one who had heated up fish curry in the microwave. Don’t bring fish curry for lunch my friends!
It Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
Having a few pantry staples on hand plus a few fresh fruits or veggies can help you whip up a quick lunch. Canned beans, canned fish, frozen edamame, apples, carrots, celery, broccoli slaw, nuts, oils and vinegars. Throw together in a bowl for a salad that will hold up throughout the day.
Prep on the Weekend
Prepping food on the weekend was finally my a-ha moment. I felt like it would take too much time…time that I didn’t have during Ironman training. And yes, it does involve a bit of extra time in the kitchen but it doesn’t have to be a lot. Put some rice on to cook that can be used for healthy bowls during the week. Roast up some vegetables…whatever you have on hand…beets, broccoli, sweet potato, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts. Add in nuts or seeds for protein and healthy fasts. The combinations can be endless.
This recipe is a great jumping off point. The miso sesame sauce is delicious. Roast up whatever vegetables you like – it doesn’t have to be broccoli and sweet potato.
This recipe is a little bit more involved, but again, it serves as a great jumping off point for creating a delicious and nutritious lunch. Combine cooked quinoa, a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, sauté up some vegetables.
Tell me about how you keep your lunches at the office healthy! Any favourite recipes or tips to share?