Bring your lunch to work or school –
It’s likely cheaper, healthier, & faster!
One of the core life-skills topics in our Life’s Top 10 classes is Health, and it’s critical for both kids and adults. So if you’re looking for tips and ideas to eat healthier, bringing your lunch delivers this and more!
Not only can you make it as healthy as you want, but it’s cheaper and faster than eating out! Plus, you can combine the exact foods that you enjoy most to have an out-of-this-world lunch!
For adults, try taking your lunch outside or to a nearby park where you can relax and enjoy it, then walk around & get some physical activity and exercise!
Below are some tips to help:
- Plan your lunches; keep foods on-hand for quick & easy prep.
- Make lunches the night before when you have more time; refrigerate if necessary, prior to taking the next day.
- Buy healthy non-refrigerated foods that you particularly like in larger packages (like nuts, cereals & other healthy snacks, etc) and put the amount you will eat into zip-lock baggies for lunch, and do the same to provide ‘quick and easy snacks’ throughout the day).
- Have containers for soups, sandwiches, salads, fruit, veggies, grains & other foods ; this will allow for more options so your lunches don’t become boring.
- Microwaves give lots of choice flexibility if you have one available; if not, explore the possibility of purchasing one. Spice lunches up with gourmet condiments.
- Make sure to keep certain foods cold; if there’s no refrigerator at work, use an insulated lunch bag & cold pack.
- Buy an assortment of fresh fruits so you can include 1-2 as snacks throughout your day-
- As we discussed in Session 9 in Life’s Top 10, always eat a healthy breakfast (a combination of healthy, whole-grain carbs and protein) within 30 minutes of waking up.
- Never go more than 2-3 hours without a healthy snack (could be a banana with 2 spoonful’s of peanut butter, Greek yogurt, 1/2 a bagel with fruit preserves, nuts, cereal with low-fat milk, etc).
- The importance of drinking enough water throughout the day: WebMD.com says how much to drink “depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live…In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less.*”
- Eliminate soft drinks & artificially-sweetened drinks.
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