How to make brown-bag lunches interesting


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 11:00 p.m.
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A home-prepared lunch can improve your health and save you money.

KRT
Lunchtime often proves a perplexing time of day for many workers. If you have grown tired with the "going out" routine, consider brown-bagging it.
Taking a home-prepared lunch to work can save you money and improve your health. Here are a few tips that can make a brown-bag lunch enjoyable:
  • Mix up combinations to keep brown-bagging fresh. Include nutritious foods that can help keep the weight off and provide a boost during the day.
  • Less might prove to be more. Rather than preparing several items for consumption during a lunch hour, plan on small portions of certain foods that you can munch on throughout the day. A piece of fruit or a container of yogurt can help keep hunger pangs at bay. In addition, smaller portions can help keep a lid on the number of calories consumed each day.
  • Driving and eating at the same time do not always work well together. But if you decide to sit in your car on a lunch hour, pack non-drip foods such as nuts, whole-grain crackers and apples.
  • Is there a refrigerator in your office's break room? If so, you can bring along certain cold foods to have at lunch or as a snack. These include yogurt, cut vegetables, hummus, low-fat cheeses and juices. And don't forget about salads. They offer great nutritional value and are easy to throw together and carry to work.
  • Make it an outing. Don't be wary of making a lunch break a social occasion. Plan brown bag lunches with co-workers. Turn the hour into an occasion by heading out with a co-worker or a group for a brief picnic outing on a nice day.
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