Happy Motivation Monday!
Chances are that you’re reading this around lunch time. What are you having??
When I posted this picture of my packed lunch and snacks on Instagram last week, I got thinking about the many benefits of bringing in a homemade lunch. I pack my lunch up every day, and love this part of my routine for the many benefits it provides. Here are my top 4 reasons to bring your lunch!
- Healthier overall: This BlueHealth Advantage article estimates that you can save about 1,500 calories and 95 grams of fat per day by bringing in your lunch! That may be a little extreme (I certainly wouldn’t be buying a Double Whopper, a Coke, and fries if I did buy my lunch!), but the point is valid. We tend to eat significantly healthier food if we bring in lunch. I always aim to include 5-6 fist-sized servings of veggies and fruits between my lunch and snacks. This keeps me full and energized throughout the workday! A veggie pack is an everyday favorite, and I generally have some type of big salad, plus some fruit for a snack!
- Tastier: I may be biased, but I think the lunches I bring in are pretty delicious! I genuinely look forward to my packed lunch every day, and I can tailor it based on my activity levels, my cravings, the situation (will I have a leisurely 30 minutes to eat, or will I have to sneak in bites and sips between clients? Will I be sitting at a meeting where I don’t want strong smells, or will I eat outside?). I know my home-prepared meals are fresh and use high-quality ingredients, and I don’t have to guess about what’s included, like I would in a meal that purchased elsewhere.
- Cheaper: This Huffington Post article showed one person’s estimate of saving $1,547 per year by bringing her lunch! When I have my clients start bringing in their lunches (and cooking dinners at home), they often notice that their grocery bill is going up. True. But … they’re also saving a ton of money at restaurants and to-go options! That $12 salad here and $9 breakfast bar and coffee there really add up, day after day!
- Time-saving: Many days, it’s all I can manage to sneak in time to really enjoy lunch, and if I had to leave work to go buy something, I wouldn’t be able to actually eat it! Yes, preparing lunch does take a good bit of time, but it’s completely worth it! And the time can be spent in the mornings or evenings, rather than during the middle of the work day. Plus, I use plenty of helpful tips and tricks (including weekend meal prep) to make preparing my meals a bit easier!
Here are a few more lunches that I have Instagrammed (totally a word!) in the past:
Need some more ideas on what to bring? Check out this PopSugar roundup of 50 ideas, this list of 25 from EatingWell, or this list of 50 from FamilyFreshMeals! And whatever you do, don’t forget your veggies :).
Now it’s your turn … Do you bring your lunch? If so, what do you like to bring? If not, can you commit to bringing your lunch just once in the next week?