Eating a healthy, or semi-healthy, lunch during the week can be hard. Whether you’re at work, school, or running errands, it’s tough to find something that doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, but also isn’t from the nearest drive through. More often than not, convenience trumps everything else when we make decisions on what to eat for lunch.
The problem with convenience is that it many times leads to poor diet choices. It takes a little effort to eat more nutritious lunches, but it doesn’t have to be hard. We have put together a few tips to help you make eating better lunches during the week a little bit easier.
Planning ahead seems obvious, but you would be surprised how often we revert to poor eating habits because we don’t have an easy alternative. We said it before, but the most convenient route is where we tend to go. If we have to make a quick decision about lunch, we end up going with what is the most readily available.
Try combating this by planning out meals for the week ahead of time. There are some really great apps that you can use to set out your lunches for the week. Do all of your shopping before the week starts, and put together a daily plan. This is the easiest way to avoid those last minute lunches that can be awful for your overall nutrition.
While creating a weekly lunch schedule ahead of time can help you avoid poor, spur of the moment choices, it doesn’t tell you what to actually eat. With countless options for healthy lunches, it is tough to say what you may like, so we won’t get too detailed on those details.
However, one way to help make those menu decisions easier is to have healthier dinner options, and eat the leftovers. Instead of focusing solely on making a new lunch each day, try cooking a healthy dinner that you know will work well the next day. Plan one or two days a week where you take leftovers to work. This will not only help you with eating a healthier lunch, but can help with the improving your dinner menus as well.
Better Options When Going Out
Despite planning ahead, we inevitably find ourselves in positions where we have to eat lunch at a restaurant or on the go. While this usually leads to unhealthy food, it doesn’t always have to be the case.
Over the last few years, many people have become more aware of their nutrition. As a result, we are seeing more and more restaurants offering healthier options on their menus. This can include fast food restaurants as well.
Most fast food restaurants will post the nutritional facts for their menus in the store, or on their website. Be sure to look up the information for different options on the menu to find the best items available. For traditional restaurants, most will provide a few different meal options that aren’t deep fried or overly unhealthy. The key is to pay attention to what you are ordering, and avoid the major nutritional black holes.
Make Healthy Lunches Easy
Eating a healthy lunch is important, but it’s not always something we really want to spend much time thinking about. Lunch shouldn’t be difficult, but it also shouldn’t be unhealthy. Try these tips to make eating a little better at lunch time a whole lot easier.