It starts on the weekend, with the best of intentions - “This week, I’m bringing lunch!” You go to the grocery store to stock up, you splurge at the farmer’s market..then Monday afternoon rolls around, and you find yourself in line for the food truck, or trying to piece together a balanced meal at the coffee shop.
Stop the madness! You’ll feel so much better using one (or more) of these awesome ideas for packing your lunch.
Full disclosure: this does require a little bit of planning ahead!
1. The Bento Box
This adorable Japanese lunchbox for one traditionally holds rice, fish, and veggies, but you can put anything you want inside (ahem, leftovers from dinner), all neatly separated so nothing gets soggy!
Image: Just Bento
2. Salad in a Jar
Put those farmer’s market finds to good use, and ensure that you grab all your veggies on your way out the door…just remember: layering matters, or else you’ll end up with sad, wilty greens.
3. Overnight Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
Okay, so this is less as lunch than a snack, but it’s so fast and easy and nutritious, we couldn’t resist!
image: Daily Garnish
4. The One-Pot Meal
If you’re lucky enough to have a full kitchen at work, whip it up at the office, but if not, make a one-pot meal the night before for dinner, bring the leftovers, and save yourself time twice!
5. Soup Cubes (Soup Cakes?)
When in doubt, freeze it! Bring these to work with you, and you can have a bite (or a bowl) of soup whenever you want!
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