March Makeover: Day 28
Pack yourself a nutrient-dense lunch today, leaving out any overly-processed or refined foods. Bringing your own lunch saves you money, and gives you total control over what you’re putting in your body.
Preservatives, additives and artificial ingredients are often hidden in unsuspecting lunch foods such as bread products, condiments, salad dressings, soups and a variety of drinks. Additionally, takeout food often contains a shocking amount of fat in the form of oil or butter, as well as high levels of salt and sugar. Crafting your own lunch at home gives you all the say in the amounts, quality, and sources of your ingredients.
With a little preparation, creating your own lunch can be easy, fun, and absolutely delicious! Make yourself a soup or salad, knowing that all of your ingredients are organic and locally sourced, or a sandwich on bread from a local, artisan bakery. Grain bowls or noodle dishes are also great lunch alternatives that can be packed with nutrient-rich grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and proteins.
A necessity when packing your lunch is eco-friendly, lightweight and reusable tupperware. Below we’ve added a few of our favorite containers, as well as other mealtime accessories for inspiration.
1. These lunch/snack pouches are the perfect substitute for plastic ziplock bags. They’re reusable, cute, and easy to throw in any bag. We love using them for nuts or trail mix!
2. Instead of grabbing the plastic cutlery that may be available at your office, bring your own from home thats washable and reusable. This bamboo cutlery is both sustainable and attractive, and can be easily kept in your desk drawer.
3. Tiffin boxes originated in India, and consist of several stacked stainless steel containers. These are the perfect containers for a meal with different elements, as the different containers allow for separation of food items. Because they’re made of stainless steel your meal stays nice and hot, and you never have to worry about harmful plastics leeching into your food.
4. Bento boxes come in a variety of colors and shapes, and also give you the ability to compartmentalize your food.
5. These glass containers from Martha Stewart are wonderful because they are BPA free, microwave safe, leakproof and airtight. You can also find glass containers that are oven safe, which are wonderful as well if you’re making an individual casserole or single serving entree for the next day.
6. Collapsible containers are amazing because they store so easily. After you’re done eating, you can collapse it down and put it in your purse or gym bag without having to worry about it taking up a lot of space or breaking. They come in fun colors, are easy to clean, and are also great when you travel.