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Are You Packin'? The Case for Bringing Your Lunch to Work

Posted on 06/08/14 in Bags and Totes
Packing Lunch BagWe get it - you're a busy person. Between work, family, social events, and other responsibilities, sometimes the last thing you want to worry about is packing a lunch for work. Even when you do pack a lunch, it can be hard to face the same soggy turkey sandwich day after day. Often, you might end up going out to lunch with your coworkers simply for the opportunity it offers for socialization and escape from the "sad desk lunch."

While going out for the occasional lunch is perfectly acceptable, there are two compelling reasons to reconsider the bag (or box, or bento) lunch:

First: Preparing your own lunch is significantly less expensive than purchasing takeout, fast food, or a sit-down lunch. By one estimate, you could save up to $1500 per year by making a lunch at home.

Second: Homemade lunches can also be more convenient than purchasing them. If you have a short lunch break, need to run errands, or want to fit in a workout, having a lunch ready to go saves you valuable time that you might be spending in line or at a table, waiting for your food.

Making Bag Lunches Enjoyable
Just because you've decided to pack your own lunch doesn't mean you have to eat the same thing every day - in fact, you shouldn't! Instead, here are some ideas for easy-to-prepare options that will taste great and maybe even make your colleagues jealous:

  • Leftovers. Especially if you have access to a microwave, leftovers can be a lunch-hour staple. Many meals, such as lasagnas and casseroles, taste better after they've had some time for the flavors to meld, so this makes for a savory and satisfying option with virtually no additional prep time.
  • Unusual sandwiches. Lunch meat can be full of salt and preservatives, but doesn't always offer the best flavor. Try some unconventional sandwiches, like the Arnold Palmer or a BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado).
  • Cold salads. Ideal for environments where a microwave is not available, cold salads keep well in the refrigerator and contain ingredients that range from pasta to quinoa to wheat berries.
  • Odds and ends. In a rush? Toss together some basic, ready-to-eat foods like hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, crackers, cherry tomatoes, apples, and bananas for a balanced meal with little to no fuss.

Although packing your lunch may take a few extra minutes out of your day, it will pay out dividends in saved money and - in many cases - convenience. Good luck, and bon appetit!

Author: Robert Stillman CEO

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