Struggling with workday lunches? You are not alone. Lunch is the meal where Canadians are most likely to eat out; 52% of Canadians find it challenging to manage portion size when they eat out.
Whether you work inside or outside the home, having strategies to help get a nourishing lunch in your belly will help you power through the afternoon without mid-afternoon slumps or cravings.
Carbohydrate is found in grains, starches, vegetables, fruits and somewhat in milk products and legumes.
Fiber is only found in plant-foods.
Protein is found in milk products, meat, fish, poultry, chicken, eggs, and legumes. Click here for sample protein choices to include in your lunch.
No sandwich? No problem!
I have worked with many people who either dislike sandwiches, or, because of dietary restrictions, need other lunch ideas beyond sandwiches. One simple idea is to cook strategically the night before so you have left-overs to pack in your lunch. Think roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots.
Think left over frittata.
Or garden veggie wraps in rice paper.
Whatever you make for your supper, plan on making a little extra so you can pack it for the next day’s lunch.
One lunch time packing solution that we find helpful in our house is to prepare a grain-based salad on the weekend, which we can then enjoy throughout the week. We simply:
Once the salad is made, scoop an individual portion in a container, add in a crisp apple, a small handful of almonds, and you will be fuelled for the afternoon.
Here is a recipe from the Dairy Farmer’s of Canada that we enjoyed this past week.
You will find edamame beans in the produce section or frozen vegetable section in the grocery store. Most Calgary stores sell these – Calgary Coop, Safeway, Costco, Superstore, Sobey’s, No Frills. I prefer edamame in the pods when I am eating them as an appetizer. When adding edamame to a soup, hummus or a salad, I prefer to buy edamame beans shelled.