Food is a basic necessity of life, yet it can be hard to get a good, healthy meal when you have a whirlwind schedule. Try some of these on-the-go lunch tips and recipes to save you time and money when you just can’t slow down.
Lunch Tips for Women on the Go
Work Pantry: Fill a drawer at your desk with cooking basics like salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other sauces to bring flavor to your lunch and save time in the mornings.
Kettle for boiling: Conventional? No. But it gets the job done. You can have hard-boiled eggs at work or on-the-go with an electric kettle or cook veggies without them getting too soggy.
Season meat 3 ways in 1 pan: If you’re meal planning and packing on the weekends, save time by seasoning meat in multiple ways using foil as a divider. Get the recipe here:
Hard-boil eggs in the oven: While you’re at it, try hard-boiling eggs in the over without even using water! You won’t need to watch them and your oven can do double-time while you’re preparing other parts of your meals for the week.
Toaster Grilled Cheese: If your office has a toaster, try using it to make a grilled cheese. You know you want to!
Color-coded portion control: Pack snacks days or weeks in advance so you always have something to grab. These clear, color-coded containers can help!
Prep fresh veggies: Have veggies set aside in your fridge before the week begins so they are ready to be added to whatever dish you are making or for a snack at work. Prepare in bulk so they are ready to go when you need them.
Freeze PB&J: Make several peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ahead of time, put them in Ziplocs and freeze them for a quick snack, school lunch or morning you find yourself out of time. Try adding fresh fruit instead of jam as well—it’s delicious!
Freeze rice: Make a huge pot of your favorite rice dish, then store in portion control containers, put in the freezer. Then you’re ready to just throw it into your lunchbox in the morning.
No-cook freezer meals: Combine store-bought meals and veggie mixes in grab-and-go containers to make lunches or dinners faster.
Thermos Lunches: Pack soup or pasta in a thermos to keep it warm until lunch. It’s easy to carry and quick to eat.
Cd container bagel tote: This will keep your bagel from being crushed (and it’s a good way to reuse a seemingly single-use item). Your bagel will not fall apart or shift either!
Give the microwave a ring: Heat leftovers more evenly by making a ring on the plate, leaving the center open. They will heat up faster so you have more time to enjoy your lunch.
Collapsible bowls: With these bowls taking up less space, you will have more room to pack delicious lunch ingredients!
Skip the Bento Box: Yes, they’re cute, yes they can potentially help with portion control, but they are not really necessary to creating a quick on-the-go lunch. Compartment food containers have been around for years and have served us well—plus, they have fewer pieces to wash!
Store-bought quick-grab snacks. Invest in mini cheese wheels, portioned snack crackers, pretzels, Greek yogurt cups, fig bars and other snacks can keep you going throughout the day—just have them ready to go when you are!
Fruit Water: Buy water bottles and put fruit and berries in them for a quick pick-me up and fresh flavor.
No matter the lifestyle, these simple tips can help you stay organized, fed and eating healthy!