Easy Lunches

Each meal presents it's own problems.  The problem with lunch is that most people don't have the option of whipping something up at the office.  You either have to plan ahead or you have to find some sort of food that you can get and eat quickly.  Of course, that's where fast food comes in, and it's one of the reasons that the fast food business is so successful.  It's just so easy.  Here are a couple other options.  All are relatively easy, though some will require less thought than others.

Buy Lunch From A Grocery Store

SupermarketIf there is a grocery store near you, this is a great option.  You can get the same type of meal that you would have if you were bringing it from home, but without having to actually plan ahead.  This works best if your office has a refrigerator that you can keep a bag of lettuce, some extra cold cuts and maybe a few wraps or whole wheat bread.  

For example:  A prepared Turkey sandwich, a bag of baby carrots, an apple or banana and some water.  

Many grocery stores have a section of food that they prepare daily.  Find a sandwich that you like and go for it.  You'll want to avoid sandwiches with mayo as the prepared ones often go overboard, and steer towards whole wheat wraps or sliced bread rather than bulky rolls.  If your office has a refrigerator you can buy those baby carrots and keep them for the next day too.  If not, save a few for a snack later.  Finally a piece of fruit and some water makes this a complete meal.

 

Order A Deli Sandwich...Topped With A Salad

Healthy Sandwich

Okay, so not literally topped with a salad, but there's nothing wrong with a grilled chicken sandwich that is topped with avocado, tomato and lettuce.  That sounds like a great sandwich.  Figuring out a way to include those healthy components in deli order that you like will go a long way to establish healthy eating habits.  With this option, it might be a good idea to bring some fresh fruit and vegetables from home, as it might be tough to find those in a deli.

For example:  Order a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Avocado, Tomato and Lettuce and bring in a clementine.  

 

Be Prepared!

Brown Bag LunchThis takes the most effort out of the three, but it still doesn't have to be that hard.  If you keep fruit and vegetables at home, you can easily throw them in a bag the night before (or in the morning) and have two-thirds of your lunch complete without any effort at all.  After that, you have to make a decision on your meal.  Sandwiches are easily portable and, like your deli sandwich, can be made very healthy.  You can also bring leftovers from dinner, or grill up some extra chicken with dinner and cut it up onto a salad. You don't even have to own tupperware, just wash out the plastic containers you get from the supermarket and use those.  

For example:  Grilled Chicken on a salad with cucumbers, red peppers and goat cheese; Grapes; and Celery with some peanut butter for dipping.