3 Tips to Make Packing Lunches Easy!

A new school year is just around the corner… What better time than to get back into a routine, like preparing a healthy lunch? And we’re not just talking about the kids! Bringing your own lunch and snacks to work can help save you money and means you have control over the quality and quantity of the foods you eat. Even if you are already sold on the idea of packing a lunch each day, follow these 3 simple tips that make lunch prepping easier!

  1. Include items from all food groups. It’s important to get enough essential nutrients throughout the day. Simple solutions like nuts and cheese for protein; apples and carrots for fruits and veggies; yogurt and cottage cheese for dairy; and granola and rice for grains.
  2. Double up on dinner. No, we don’t mean eat two dinners, but rather make double the portions of your meal so you have leftovers for lunch the next day.
  3. Add emergency items to your grocery list. In the event you don’t have leftovers from last night’s dinner, pick up some emergency items like a low-sodium frozen meal, extra veggies and humus, canned tuna or eggs for a sandwich, or nuts for snacking. Also try to keep non-perishable snacks in your desk, like crackers, dried fruits, or granola. This will help limit the need for plastic containers and minimize the weight of your everyday lunch bag.

Ready to get packing? Find other tips from the Dietitians of Canada and EatRight Ontario, and get started!

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