Brown-Bag Lunch Ideas . . . for Adults
- When making dinner, think ahead to what would make a good lunch. Cook an extra breast of chicken, for example, and use the meat to make a sandwich.
- When you are cleaning up after dinner, look at your leftovers and think about the next day's lunch. Shoot for a mixture of lean protein along with some carbs to maintain your energy for the afternoon. A good choice might be a black bean and brown rice casserole topped with cheese that can be reheated at the office. Cut some carrots, peppers, and celery into sticks to round out the meal.
- Oatmeal doesn't have to be just for breakfast. If you're running late, take a packet along with some almonds (a good source of protein and vitamin E) and dried fruit, like cranberries, that you can mix in. Snag a banana or an apple, and you'll have a light meal for later.
- Save cash by buying snacks like veggie chips and whole-grain crackers in large sizes and then reportioning them in small, resealable packages that you can grab in a hurry.
- Stock up on items for the office in case you forget your lunch. Good shelf-stable products include peanut butter, cereal, rice cakes, protein bars, and dried fruits such as apricots and raisins.
- If your workplace has a fridge, bring in yogurt and a couple of hard-boiled eggs on Monday. This will ensure you have a quick source of protein later in the week.
- Grab a nutritious frozen meal, such as a black bean burrito, as you're leaving for work. Pack a jar of salsa for even more nutrition and great taste.