Posted on July 25 2018
You might feel like a kid again if you pack your lunch in a brown bag every day, but the benefits of bringing your own lunch to work far outweigh the alternative of going out to eat instead.
Besides, retro lunch boxes are totally back in style!
Plus, with all of the money you'll save on meals and the fact that you can eat exactly what you want every day and feel great about it.
Just remember the Three C's when considering whether you should take the time to pre-pack lunches:
- Cost Savings
- Control of What You Eat
Packing your own lunch can be as simple as a ham sandwich with pretzels and an apple. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, seal your leftovers in FoodVacBags vacuum sealer bags and have meals for the entire work week, ready to go, and as fresh as the day you packed it!
1. Cost Efficiency
You will notice the amount of money you are saving on lunch almost immediately. The cost of eating out continues to rise.
By packing your own lunch every day, you can easily save about $10 a day in meal expenses because you won't be eating out.
Use the money you are saving to treat yourself (or family) to a nice dinner out once a week, a new outfit, pay towards bills or in savings for an emergency.
2. Control What You Eat
You never have to wonder if something on the menu is going to sound good or be healthy again.
By taking the extra time to pack your own lunch, you decide what you want to eat that day. Even if your co-workers feel like eating a type of food you don't enjoy, it's not a big deal when you've already got leftover pasta for yourself.
On top of that, if you are trying to be a little more health conscious, you can control your own caloric intake as you choose what to bring in for lunch that day.
3. Time Saving Convenience
What's not to love about the convenience of having a lunch ready to go when you are ready to eat? Not only does preparing your lunch(es) ahead of time save time in the mornings, it is right there at your fingertips without any preparation. So when you are hungry, you can just grab and eat!
Bonus: Did Someone Say Bento Box?
Bento boxes gained enormous popularity in 2015 in the US and still continues to gain momentum.
What is Bento?
Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal that is common in Japanese cuisine. While traditionally holding rice, fish or meat, and pickled or cooked vegetables in a box-shaped container, other versions of bento boxes include hummus, fruits, and small portions of mixed salads. Bento boxes are great for portion control and variety.
Do you pack a lunch every day? Let us know in the comments below!
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Other great healthy meal resources:
30 Days of Healthy Meal Prep from Eatingwell.com