So I was thinking about the topic of lunch today while I had some nutritional consultations with a few clients. For these clients, lunch is the most routine (and therefore controllable) meal of the day. It is dinner that can get a little haywire.
At dinnertime, we also have to make food for other family members (some with picky tastes!), or we are out socializing with friends, eating out at restaurants, or simply tired from the day and do not want to make something too extravagant.
The same is true for most of us. Lunch is something we can usually control. For many of us, we might be at some kind of office or desk job. It is a really great idea to bring lunch for the following reasons:
1. We control the ingredients closely. Know any delis selling millet or sprouted bread? Or have raw goat’s cheese? Or Earth Balance vegan butter? I didn’t think so! So then we are stuck with subpar ingredients, and who wants to settle for subpar?
2. We can eat healthy alternatives of what we feel we need in the middle of the day. For instance, if you are really in the mood for something crunchy and carby, if you threw some Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten-free quinoa crackers in a plastic bag, you are saved! The alternative is some crappy, flour-filled fat-free pretzels. If you are in the mood for something sweet, you brought along a few squares of your 72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s, and won’t get sucked into getting “just a small” bag of M & M’s from the vending machine. These changes add up HUGELY!
3. You will save lots of $$$$. It is one thing to splurge on a nice meal with your friends and go out to dinner, at a place you really like. But at lunch you are usually in somewhat of a time crunch, and are not usually eating the exact food you would eat if you had the chance to eat anywhere. Who wants to spend $10+ a day on that?
All this is sooooo important to us achieving our health goals. If we are slightly off at lunch every day, think about how that sets you back when you add it up 30 days a month. Dinner is the social meal where we can bend more, lunch should be more closely monitored. Plus we know we have something to look forward to at the end of the day.
Lunch foods depend on what you have eaten for breakfast and your individual health state and goals (if you have questions on this, you can inquire on a personalized health consultation with yours truly. ☺ Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lunch should always be eaten AWAY from your desk when possible! Do not try to work and eat at the same time, as this leads to poor digestion. Your work will not be as good as if you focused solely on it, and your food should be enjoyed and appreciated as a completely solo task.
To make bringing lunch more fun, and way more cool, I have included some lunch bags that are sold by this amazing woman named Isolde Grande. Isolde is an architect by trade and an interior designer, and worked on some major projects, such as picking the interior of Trump hotels. Now, as a young mom, she decided to design some cool lunch bags! Her architectural skill came into play as the bags are very well designed and functional. They are so bright and happy. My faves are the ones in rust and light blue. Here is the LINK to purchase. Only $28!
Oh, but back to some general lunch ideas:
– Fresh, seasonal, and organic fruit. The easiest would be to throw in peeled fruit you could throw in your lunch bag, such as oranges or clementines, or apples. Be sure to eat the fruit part of your lunch first, and at least 20 minutes before other foods. So it is more of the appetizer of your lunch. You could eat the fruit before leaving for lunch, or eat the fruit, chat with your buds and eat the rest of lunch a little while later.
– An avocado sandwich. This is my favorite traveling food. Sprouted millet bread would be the best if you could find it. You could also use a sprouted wrap as another choice. These sprouted bread products are usually available in the freezer section of Wholefoods and other health stores, by the way.
– A salad, with the dressing packed separately. This is my fav! Sometimes I even take kale salad I made from the night before, and pack that. It does not get soggy overnight the way other kinds of salads do. Another good salad to make the night before is my tabouli salad recipe, yummy!
– A tomato and an avocado. Okay it sounds weird, but all you have to do is pack a little container, a knife and fork. You can literally cut both up, sprinkle with dulse (see my last blog), and you have an amazing little lunch salad made in 30 seconds! I call this my “poor man’s salad” b/c when I’m in a pinch for food, I get both at the 24 hour deli across from where I live in the city. ☺
– Celery sticks, carrot sticks dipped in fresh salsa or guac (also packed in a separate little container).
– I already mentioned it, but the Mary’s gluten-free crackers and a few squares of dark, dairy-free chocolate for dessert. I like a little sweet for dessert occasionally after a long morning myself!
I hope these help you. If you have some other great ideas for us, please share.
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