By Kaya 959 Lifestyle
Say goodbye to boring and unhealthy work lunches.
All you need is a little creativity and few simple ingredients. The cost of buying lunch at work could add up to 100s of rands.
Packing your own lunch will not only save you money but it can also help you avoid eating a lot of processed food.
Making it yourself means you control every ingredient you put in it.
Check out these options to pack healthy and delicious lunches every day.
Salads in a jar are easy to prepare, delicious, and convenient to transport. Just get a medium or large mason jar and layer your salad ingredients inside it.
Start with adding your salad dressing first, then add your heaviest and most non-absorbing ingredients like carrots, cucumbers, and beetroot.
Next, add any beans, grains, or pasta you’d like to use. They can include chickpeas, lentils, barley or rice.
You can also add any protein like tuna or chopped-up chicken, or cheese. After this, it’s time to add softer ingredients like avocado and tomatoes.
Finish off the salad now with your greens like lettuce, spinach, rocket, or beetroot leaves, and that’s it, your salad is ready. When lunchtime rolls around, shake your jar and empty it into a bowl. Could lunch get any easier to prepare?
If you prefer a snack-type lunch, these are super easy to prepare. Most shops sell pre-cut vegetables like carrots and celery, making them super easy to add to your lunchbox.
Cucumber is also easy to chop up and get a few cherry tomatoes and some cheese. Add a few pretzels or crackers and a tub of hummus or some smashed avocado and you have got yourself a great snack lunch that will keep you munching for hours.
Don’t forget to add some lemon juice to your avocado to prevent it from turning brown.
That’s A Wrap
Wraps for lunch are amazing. Easy to prepare and super easy to transport to work. Let your imagination run wild with your fillings.
Coleslaw with spicy chicken and some green salad is a delicious combo. You could also do braised steak with cheese, onions, and salads, or tuna, avocado, and salad. The possibilities are endless, just put your favourite ingredients into a wrap and it’s done. Also, keep an eye out for wholewheat or multigrain wraps rather than plain ones.
A wrap is a filling lunch, but it won’t leave you bloated and lethargic after.
Extra Snack Tips
Pack a few slices of fruit, biltong, dark chocolate, and nuts for those late afternoon snack attacks and avoid the chips and sweets from the vending machine.