The Ultimate Guide for an Easy, Healthy, No-Takeout Workday.

We challenge you to kiss Seamless and Chipotle goodbye for the day! Bringing your own lunch and snacks to your job can sound like tedious meal prepping, and pointless when services like Uber Eats exist. (You can seriously get McDonalds delivered now, a college student with no self-control’s actual dream. Thank you technology.)

What are the benefits of bringing your own meals to the office? Most importantly, it saves money. According to an article on LinkedIn, saving $2 per day on lunch equates to $10 a week, which equals $500 a year. That is a lot of Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels!

Bringing your own lunch helps you control what you eat, and the portions you eat. You can also make your favorite meal or comfort food, which can help give you a pick-me-up during a particularly tough day.

We’ve compiled the ultimate recipe guide to an easy and healthy, no take-out workday.

Breakfast: 5 Minute Overnight Oats

Start your day right with these easy overnight oats. They take only 5 minutes to make, and you can store them in your fridge overnight and take them to the office the next day! I can’t think of a tastier morning healthy treat than a cold mason jar of blueberry, coconut and almond oats. Energy all day! All you need are these ingredients and 5 minutes:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ⅛ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
  • ½ tablespoon sliced almonds

Instructions

1. In a pint size glass mason jar mix all the oats, coconut milk, blueberries, almond extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, and salt. Stir until combine. Put lid on a store in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and almonds.

3. Stir and enjoy

A snack throughout the day

Snacks throughout the day should give you an energy pick-me-up and make you more focused. Energy balls take 5 minutes to make and are a much healthier snacking option than chips or pretzels. You can roll some up, store them in the fridge, and have a snack for the week! No baking involved. For 18-20 bites:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut/non-nut butter)*
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

1.In a medium bowl, mix the oats, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips, and raisins.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.

3. Pour the peanut butter mix into the oat mix, until thoroughly incorporated. Let it chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll it into balls. Store in an airtight container or lunchbox, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Lunch: A health bowl

If you don’t have time to make a lunch from scratch the night before, if you cook dinner, try to make an extra serving for the next day. If not, health bowls are super easy and you don’t even need a recipe to make one. More.com has a great Base + Greens + Protein + Fixings + Trimmings = Lunch Bowl approach to making an appetizing and easy lunch.

The Base

Choose a type of noodle, grain, or pasta that will fill you up, such as:

  • Quinoa
  • White or brown rice
  • Millet
  • Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Polenta
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yams

Add a few greens, either raw or sautéed:

  • Spinach
  • Romaine
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbage

Add protein: If you don’t have time to cook fresh protein, use leftovers!

  • cooked or seasoned chicken, steak, pork, or fish
  • Sashimi
  • Shrimp or prawns
  • Tuna
  • Bacon or pancetta
  • Boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs
  • Baked, stir-fried, or roasted tofu
  • Beans, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, or edamame
  • Cheeses like feta, cottage, or Parmesan

The fixings: Add your favorite healthy ingredients! Throw in some vegetables, fruits, nuts.

  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Spinach
  • Pistachio nuts
  • sweet potato

The Trimmings: Top off your lunch bowl with:

  • Salad dressing
  • Soy, hot, peanut, or tahini sauce
  • Onions
  • Herbs like cilantro, parsley, or dill
  • Dried seaweed
  • Nuts like cashews or almonds
  • Seeds like chia, sesame, flax, pumpkin, or hemp
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Spinach
  • Pomegranates
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Sprouts
  • Olives
  • Salsa, guacamole, or hummus
  • Dried fruits like cherries, cranberries, or goji berries
  • Coconut flakes

Follow these steps for an easy, no take out work week! What will you spend all of your extra money on? I’m going to stock up on all of my favorite skincare products so my skin will love me as much as my savings account does!

Posted by: Elizabeth Logan
Posted in Food.

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