Feeling MUCH better this morning friends and so appreciative for all the well wishes and the pick me up ideas! I left work early because I wasn’t feeling like myself and after a good nap under the heated blanket and some encouraging words from a friend; I was feeling like me again.
Today I’m bringing you a challenge through the holiday season, BROWN BAG IT!! If you are like me and have to be away from home all day, it can be all too tempting to grab take out or order in, as opposed to packing a lunch and snacks.
The problem with eating out every day is that you are adding a lot of unnecessary calories and fat to your intake, on TOP of all the extra holiday goodies lying around. This can lead to extra poundage and feelings of “blah.” The reality is, by the time you get through the bottom-less bread basket, your entree, and maybe dessert, you may have ingested more calories than a person should eat in a whole day!!
Although it is completely possible to keep it healthy by nixing the bread or requesting foods without extra sauces or fried foods, it is still easier and more economic to bring your own healthy lunch from home!
Brown bagging it through the holidays is just another way to keep your weight in check. I know I’ve been struggling to resist all the temping treats from holiday parties and office workers but at least I know if I pack my own foods through out the day, I’m meeting my fruit and veggie intake and that the foods I’m eating are healthy and whole!
A few of my ultimate favorites to brown bag:
- Salads: I love how salads can be so versatile!! I try to change it up with the produce I buy each week and by adding nuts, fruits, cheeses, etc. Nothing beats feta cheese in my opinion and while I don’t buy it often, a Mediterranean salad with olives, nuts, feta, romaine, and maybe a little hummus and tabbouleh is heavenly!! Or maybe you feel like Mexican? How about shredded green leaf lettuce and spinach, topped with diced tomatoes, corn, black beans or pinto beans, and a few slices of avocado or a dollop of guacamole? The possibilities are endless; you just have to get creative!
- Sandwiches: Nothing could be easier than throwing together a sandwich for work. However, it can also get monotonous if you pack the same old turkey and cheese every day. CHANGE IT UP! I cannot stress this enough: variety is the spice of life and we need to think outside the box! Try to recreate your favorite restaurant’s famous sandwiches! Try it on whole grain bread or whole wheat pita and add lots of veggies!
- Leftovers. Lately, my personal favorite way to pack lunch is to bring last night’s leftovers! It’s a super easy way to pack! When you put away dinner like you normally would, throw a little in to a small container for work the next day. Simple. Talk about being better than a frozen entree! Try to make meal plans based on what you can take for leftovers and then add a small salad or piece of fruit! The possibilities are endless!
My challenge for you through the next few weeks is to try to brown bag it at LEAST one more day than you normally would each week. You’ll find you don’t feel as weighed down in the afternoon if you keep it healthy and whole for lunch and snacks!
QUESTION: Do you pack lunch? If so, what is your favorite thing to pack?Print