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We talked before about how important it is to eat breakfast and what you should have on hand to be sure you make it happen. Let’s move on to the next meal of the day, lunch.
It seems basic to me, but I find, at least among the people I know, lunch is the meal they most often eat out. They will even call around so that they can be sure they all meet up at the same place at noon. Generally it’s just me and my family who head home or who have packed a lunch.
Why not join us? Lunch is a great meal to make yourself, and an excellent way to start eating better in the new year. Here are three reasons I like to pack my own lunch:
1. It’s Cheaper
I’m guessing another one of your goals this year is to save money. It’s on my goal list every year. Not eating out at lunch is a great way to pocket money. Even a cheap lunch at fast food is going to cost about $5. That means you could save nearly $100 a month by packing a lunch from home. Sure, it won’t be free, but a brown bag lunch is infinitely cheaper than eating out.
2. It’s Eco-Friendly
Think of the gas you waste when you have to drive around to pick up your lunch. Or the garbage you throw away when those convenient little wrappers your food comes in are no longer needed. Packing a lunch in reusable bags, containers, and with real silverware is an excellent way to make a difference in the landfills. Yes, your efforts aren’t much by themselves, but they add up to a big impact when we all try a little.
3. It Has More Variety
Don’t think so? Well, it’s true. Your options on any menu are limited. But the lunch you pack is limited only by your imagination. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are obvious. Switch it up, though. How about a little picnic of olives, salami, cheeses, and chocolate? Maybe you’d prefer a rice bowl topped with tofu, seaweed, avocado, and cucumber. The possibilities are endless when you pack your own lunch. If nothing else, leftovers from the night before are very delicious.
So there are three reasons I think it’s a great idea to pack a lunch. What’s your reason?
This post is part of my series, 31 Days to Cooking More & Eating Better. For a full list of topics, see this page.
Looking for new lunch ideas? Check out The Healthy Lunch Box by Katie Kimball.
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