Buying food every day in your lunch break can become an expensive habit, and it can also impact your weight loss plan or general healthy eating plan.
Your best bet, especially when trying to lose weight, is to plan plan plan – and to make your lunch just like you would your kids. Make it on the weekend or the night before.
Here are some top tips on how to make a healthy, budget-friendly packed lunch for yourself….
10 healthy options which are perfect to take to work
Leftovers are a great way of stopping yourself from overeating. By dishing out your meals then packing away the rest into boxes and putting in the freezer, you’re less tempted to overeat.
If you don’t have enough, then make double or add two cups of salad to bulk it out and fill you up.
2. Slow Cooked Thai Beef Noodles
Make a large batch of these tasty noodles and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Grab the recipe here.
3. Lasagne Soup
The soups on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub (like this Lasagne Soup) feature plenty of veggies, are packed full of flavour, and are always low in sugar.
Soup is perfect to make in a large batch to enjoy leftovers for lunch throughout the week. It also freezes well if you feel like making a double batch, then just defrost for another family meal when you’re too busy to cook.
Check out the recipe for our Lasagne Soup here.
4. A Healthy Mummy Smoothie
In the morning when you are making your Healthy Mummy Smoothie, double it.
Make it extra thick and juicy with fruits and even veggies and place half in your morning glass and half into an empty glass jar or other container.
Pack it and pop it in the fridge when you get to work. Shake it up before you are ready to drink it and voila! A delicious, filling and nutritious lunch already made.
5. Chicken Mexican burrito bowl
This colourful burrito bowl is packed with protein and a kick of Mexican spice. Speed up the cooking process by using pre-cooked rice or leftover chicken. This is such a colourful meal!
Grab the recipe here.
6. Courgette and Cheese Arancini
Arancini balls are a great lunchbox item for the whole family, as you can make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge for 3-4 days. Enjoy a couple as a healthy snack, or serve 4 with a crisp side salad for a tasty lunch.
Grab the arancini ball recipe here.
7. Homemade pizza
Day old pizza is not only delicious it’s ridiculously easy. Make some pizza with the kids the night before, or get your partner to – two meals you don’t have to make!!!
We have a great 2 ingredient pizza dough recipe here you can try, or use pitta bread for a quick and easy base. When you take it to work, add a side salad including around two cups of mixed greens to keep your vegetable intake high and the meal balanced.
8. Pasta leftovers
It’s so easy to make extra pasta and package that up for a quick lunch. Add a side salad and you’re done! We love this delicious Slow Cooked Ragu Sauce to go on top of pasta.
9. Single Serve Chicken Pies
Pies really are filling and great comfort food, but the excessive pastry and fatty cuts of meat make it not the best choice for a weight loss or healthy eating program. Instead of buying a pie on the run at lunch, make these Individual Chicken Pies instead.
10.Stuffed Mexican Sweet Potato
Cook a couple of the potatoes at the start of the week to reheat for a quick lunch. You can also pre-make the filling and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. If avocadoes are expensive just add some chopped tomato or more kidney beans to bulk it out.
Get the recipe here.
From there you can add to your day with healthy snacks such as chopped up fruit, yogurt with berries and nuts, or something sweet from the challenge hub (try these!).
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