Lunch time – how to save money & your waistline.
According to a recent survey, the average person spends almost £900 a year on lunchtime sandwiches, wraps, crisps, chocolate bars and drinks. Not only are these shop bought lunches relatively expensive but they also have a large impact on your waistline.
The most common reason my clients give me for not eating a healthy lunch is that they don’t have time to make their own & struggle to find anything healthy when they are out & about or at the work canteen. Many also say that they don’t know what to make other than sanwiches or salad.
Here are a few super simple, wallet and waistline friendly ideas to help you:
1. Make it the Night Before – if you are going to be getting up early & rushing out of the door then make your lunch and snacks the night before.
2. Take Leftovers – Cook enough dinner so you have leftovers for lunch the next day. Put them in a food container after you’ve eaten at night, pop it in the fridge when you go to bed & its ready to go in the morning.
3. Pre-Cook in bulk at the weekend and freeze individual servings
Then, take a portion out of the freezer the night before you need it and heat it up in the microwave at work. No -microwave then heat it at home in the morning & stick it in a flask.
4.Fruit & vegetables can be blended to make a really filling, nutritious smoothie in seconds. Keep a small hand-held blender at work so that you can just grab some fruit & veg (You can even use ready prepared frozen varieties that require no peeling and chopping) then blend a way when you are at work . Add some high quality protein powder & you have a meal that will keep you fuller for longer
5. Snack Ideas
6. Got nothing in & need to grab something quick from the supermarket
By the way: a typical, average packed lunch can contain a massive 1000 calories
Sandwich (450 Kcal)
*All calorie estimates are averages.