Mid-day meals are a pricey option for a large part of our population who eat out for lunch every day during the school day and workweek. Eating lunch is a necessity for students and most at any workplace, which is why it’s easy to fall into the trap of eating what’s ready and available. What we have available to us and how we’re taught as children to eat everything on our plate is often what dictates how much we eat. When we pack the right amount of food and proper serving sizes, we take control. There’s less room for a restaurant to control our food consumption and we can eat everything on our plate in the correct proportions.
Every day, millions of people go to, food trucks, fast food take out windows or full-blown restaurant options to pick up lunch. Not only is eating out hard on the pocket, it’s hard on our health as well. By “brown-bagging” our weekday lunches, we can save ourselves hundreds of calories a day and thousands of dollars a year.
The health benefits of bringing our own food can be debated. It’s easy to stay healthy when we’re controlling the food we eat on a daily basis. Buying our lunch or eating out is more likely to trigger those urges for less than healthy foods. We also have no control of the ingredients and quality of the food that we’re being served. When we prepare our own meals we have complete control over their nutritional quality and portions.
To a lot of us, brown-bagging sounds like a lot of work for a “regular “meal. There’s no doubt that making our lunch requires a little more effort than pulling up to the local drive thru and ordering our favorite numbered “value” meal, or waiting in line at school or the company cafeteria. But we know, brown bagging is cheaper, healthier and pays out big in the long run.
Believe it or not, it’s not that much work and because we have control over the menu, crafting our own mid-day meals allows us to kick our lunch up a notch. Leftovers especially can fill our noontime spread. There’s no reason we should have to settle for the typical sandwich when it comes to our brown bag lunch. Why not have fun and be creative.
The term “brown bag” may sound a little boring. But when considering the benefits brown bagging produces, the prospect of packing our own lunch quickly becomes more appetizing. We can bring our favorite food in a brownbag with us to school or work that can brighten up our spirits on a tough or busy day. This little effort to make ourselves happy can save us time and money, which will further stimulate our happiness, and help us feel confident about our choices. If we like certain foods and they aren’t available near school or work, we can bring them with us, and now it’s available. Being happy can help us eat slower and enjoy our meals much more. Enjoying our food can help our bodies recognize that it’s eating, and in turn it will digest the nutrients in our food better.
As an experienced leader in the food service industry since 1975, at Gourmet Services we understand that most of us are turned away from making our own lunches nightly simply because it involves preparation time. One great tip is to overcook and make more portions. Many of our favorites can either be frozen or can last a couple of days in the refrigerator, which means they’ll make great next day lunches.
Frozen fresh vegetables are also a great option. They can be separated into individual freezer bags and be taken to work daily as side dishes. They’re not only easy, but they’re also healthy. Salads, fruits, eggs and sweet potato are all things that can effortlessly be prepared without spending the night before consumed by preparation. Most of these foods are typically low costing, which affords us comfort and the savings we are all craving. Packing a healthy lunch is one of the ways certain to trim our waists and our budgets. The time and money this practical routine saves us can be priceless.