Most people want to eat healthy but there are many things that can come up to make that difficult to do on a daily basis. You might not have much time to prepare food at home before you leave for work or could be working on a budget. But there are some things that you can do to help you create a simple and healthy lunch plan for you and the rest of your family. Here are a few things that should help you get started.
Start by doing a little planning. You don't have to make a meal plan every week but you could make a list of some options to choose from. This could include your family's favorite sandwiches or some things that you can add in to bulk up a meal and make it more filling. If you're worried about getting everything done, making it to your appointment and having time to make lunch than you can eliminate some of that stress by being prepared in advance and thinking about these things when you do have a free second or two.
Always have a list when you go to the grocery store and be thinking about complete meals rather than single items. This will keep you from wasting money and you will have most of the work done before you even get home. Make things easier on yourself if you don't have a lot of time by buying things in single servings or splitting it up right when you get home from the supermarket. Fruit, cut veggies with dip, and yogurt are all great healthy options that don't take a whole lot of prep work. These are also things that can work with a number of other things in a healthy lunch.
Include one main item in the lunch that includes all of the major food groups. This could be a salad or a pasta dish from the night before when you prepared dinner. Some people like to make one or two big meals a week and then divide them up into their lunches. But this might only work if you have access to a fridge and a microwave at work, depending on what you choose to make.
Buy in bulk whenever possible. If you're adding things to your lunch like nuts or dried fruit than you can buy these things well in advance and put them in reusable containers. This might take up a little more space in your kitchen, but it will be worth it when you look at your shopping bill at the end of the month. You might have enough left to eat more organic options or have the occasional treat or two.