Having lunch while you’re at work is one of the most challenging things one can do nowadays. Most of us are tempted to go to the nearby store and buy something right off the bat, sometimes even without thinking what goes into that meal. It goes without saying that this is not the right way of going about things.
If you take the time to prepare lunches for you and your family, including your partner, you will have the reassurance that all of the ingredients are fresh and healthy. Instead of feeling tempted to get something cooked by someone else or just a meal that’s been heavily processed, you will have your lunch with you, and you’ll feel sorry for wasting it if you don’t consume it.
To make it slightly easier for you to deal with all the meal prepping involved in the process, we have put together a list of simple tricks and tips.
Make sure you prepare everything in advance
We’ve probably all seen a meal prepping video on YouTube or other social media network at some point or the other. Some vloggers make visually appealing content and typically prepare meals for a whole week.
Perhaps you aren’t as organized as one of these people. But that doesn’t mean you will find it hard to cope with the nutritional needs of your family or your own. You just have to put together a plan.
For instance, you could decide that Sundays are for meal prepping. If you aren’t in the mood to make meals for as many as five days in a row, you can at least prepare three and then for the other two, allow your family members get whatever they want on the go. Set a time limit for your meal prepping, because otherwise, you might end up spending too much time on it.
Don’t use ingredients that get spoiled fast
Depending on your freezer or fridge, you might be concerned with the hygienic risks of meal prepping, and that’s only natural. We suggest using ingredients that do not get spoiled as fast as others. For instance, it might be a good idea to prepare the meat that will go into your lunches in an efficient manner.
What this means is that you should probably forego things like rare-cooked veal because it might not be good to eat come Thursday. Raw veggies are a safe deal when it comes to this, at least some of them are. Carrots last for a good deal of time, for example.
Get a lunch box or several
Part of the pleasure of enjoying lunch at work is storing and carrying it in a nice package. There’s a gazillion of lunch boxes for men and women available for sale these days, and they are downright beautiful.
For kids, you could go for a lunch box that’s been printed with their favorite cartoon characters. As John Medina used to say, ‘the brain doesn’t pay attention to boring things.’ So make sure that the meal is packed in something that looks good.