You are desperately trying to lose weight but not succeeding. You may be going about it the wrong way. If you think cooking and preparing food at home is going to cause you to gain pounds, you are incorrect. Cooking nutritional meals gives you more control over what you are eating. You do not know what’s in that salad you just picked up at the fast-food joint? It may be advertised as low calorie and nutritional but is it? You could be sabotaging yourself.
Think about what you are eating for lunch when you and the work gang head out to the nearest restaurant or fast-food joint. Do you have any idea what you are putting in your mouth? Instead, err on the side of caution and seriously consider the benefits of preparing your own lunch at home, putting it in a Tupperware container and taking it to work with you.
You are killing two birds with one stone: Eating better and saving on waste. You are not tossing wrappers or paper bags into the trash. You are not contributing to the already existing mess in landfills. Tupperware goes back home with you, is washed and is reusable. This is one way to be good and conscientious consumer and citizen.
So what should you prepare for your mid-day meal? Easy lunch ideas for everyone include various foods. You are not limited. Here is an idea: If you don’t have fresh, cooked chicken on hand use canned/drained chicken. Slice it up and sprinkle on a bit of salt, pepper, chives and vinegar. Mix together sliced cucumbers and plain yogurt and spread in on a split pita. Add the chicken, closing up the pocket. Wrap it in saran wrap or aluminum foil, chill in the refrigerator overnight, toss it into your Tupperware and head to work or school. This is a great lunch.
Baby carrots, pickles, cheese slices or cubes, bananas, apples or a crisp salad with a balsamic dressing are all wonderful and nutritional items to eat for lunch. If you really want a sandwich for lunch, go for it. Prepare a tuna fish or sliced egg sandwich. Use whole-grain bread. You can add tomatoes, various greens, sliced cucumbers and sprouts to jazz it up. Hard-boiled eggs are quick, easy and good. A peanut butter and banana sandwich, along with a piece of fresh fruit is a healthy choice. Yogurt is easy and very tasty.
When you cook, cook large amounts so you can parlay leftovers into lunch food. Freeze the leftover chili and when you want to want to take it to work for lunch, put the frozen contents in a Tupperware container and by noon, the chili will be defrosted and only require a quick zap in the microwave.
Grab your Tupperware container, find a quiet spot, settle in, pull out your book or Kindle and have a relaxing lunch. This is good for your soul, your digestion and your weight. Your wallet will also thank you.