Having two young kids and trying to get them and yourself dressed, fed, and out the door in the mornings on time is NOT easy. Trying to factor in preparing lunch for the day… even harder. My kids might starve if their day care didn’t provide all meals and snacks (kidding – but seriously that is such a great perk of childcare!).
Check out these lunch bag hacks to make it as SIMPLE as possible.
1. Buy everything you need for lunch during the week during your regular weekly grocery trip.
Write out everything you will need before you go. Need a planner or grocery list template? Find those here. Hypothetically, if you eat around 2000 calories daily, aim to get in about 1000 while you’re at work for an 8 hour shift. This means making sure 1000 calories x 5 days are purchased to be taken in a bag to work on Monday morning. Or, if you are following a lower calorie diet, just make sure you pack half of what you need in a day in your bag.
2. Pack all lunches & snacks for the entire work week in ONE big lunch bag and keep it at your desk (or somewhere convenient).
Include any condiments that you just HAVE to have (bonus tip: grab a few extra condiment packs whenever you visit a restaurant for use in your lunch bag – but I’m sure restaurant workers everywhere would hate me if they heard me say that). Also include a bowl and plan to eat everything out of this one bowl that you can rewash throughout the week. Throw in a fork, spoon, and knife, too. Wash these every day after lunch and just keep the same ones in your bag at all times. Having the bag in a convenient place will ensure that when hunger pangs hit, you have something readily available to satisfy your cravings. When you have a bag of healthy yummies right next to you, you will naturally become a grazer.
Here are some examples of bags:
3. Keep items that need to be refrigerated in separated bag that you can store in the break room fridge for the week.
I use a regular grocery bag for this, but any loose and flexible bag will do. Make sure your name and a date is on it so people don’t help themselves or throw it out on accident.
4. Minimize foods eaten during the day.
You don’t have to eat elaborate salads and sandwiches every day. These are far too complicated, and complicated never works.
These examples are from my own list, and there are so many other great options out there to consider when planning your work week lunches and snacks.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on delivery, eating out, or grabbing last minute hanger snacks out of the convenience market in your workplace.
Simplify your routine, eat healthier foods, and watch your weight loss efforts succeed!
What's in YOUR lunch bag?!