Starting September 13th, we are hosting a FREE CHALLENGE in the Nourished with Emily facebook group all about bringing your lunch to work. Is this something you do already? I got this inspiration after hearing from many of you as well as my new clients about how they wished they could be more prepped and prepared for the week with meals. Not only would it save them money, but also save them time too.
Why is it a good thing to bring your lunch rather than buy?
When you plan and prep something, you have a better chance of sticking to it and not falling victim to cravings or flashy ads from fast food places.
Many of us have decision paralysis, so when something is planned and prepped, it's easier for us to grab that rather than have us make another decision on what to buy, how much to spend and the wanting to add more to our order
Buying your meals out can get expensive VERY fast. Let's say you spend about $10 a day out to lunch, that $50 at the end of the week, about $200 at the end of the month on lunches, and $2,400 by the end of the year on meals out.
You have control of the ingredients in your meal as well as the nutrient quality! You know you'll be getting a more well-rounded meal when you bring it from home rather than buying it
Lunch is where about 1/3 of your overall nutrition comes from, don't you want it to be from healthy things!
Lunch is ideally where we should be getting a bulk of our intake as we want our food to follow where our activity is. We don't need to be eating a 1000 calorie dinner just to sit on the couch and watch TV afterwards and not utilize it best. What should be in your lunch? A protein, a carb and a color! Just like I tell the Nourished with Emily clients, we want to ensure that every meal has that PCC combo to get the most out of it. The protein will help to keep you fuller for longer, the carb will give you energy to get through your afternoon and the color gives you fiber and key nutrients to make sure you stay healthy. Here's some examples: A Caesar Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Croutons, or Turkey and Cheese sandwich with mayo, lettuce and tomato with a side of fruit salad plus a small bag of chips, lastly, what about leftovers from dinner? Grilled Pork tenderloin with sauteed vegetables and mashed potatoes Lunch does not have to be difficult, it can be fun and flavorful!