Up­grade your mid­day meal

Trans­form the sad desk salad into a lunch you’ll ac­tu­ally look for­ward to by launch­ing a club. Here’s your game plan.

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Lunch should be a bright spot in your day, with good, healthy food and some so­cial­is­ing to fuel you up. That’s why we’re big fans of the mid­day dine-to­gether, in which mem­bers take turns mak­ing meals for the group. You get to eat things you wouldn’t cook your­self, plus “it el­e­vates your prep game, since you’ll want to make a dish that shines,” says di­eti­tian Dawn Jackson Blat­ner, who is also the au­thor of The Su­per­food Swap: The 4-Week Plan to Eat What You Crave With­out the C.R.A.P. These tips will keep things or­gan­ised. 1Get four of your food­i­est buds in on it. You’ll have more fun with peo­ple who are in sync with your tastes.

2De­cide

on the ground rules. Should every lunch con­tain veg­eta­bles, lean pro­tein, and whole grains? Are vegetarian dishes okay? Maybe even in­sist on ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent cuisines. After all, eat­ing a va­ri­ety of foods will give you more of the vi­ta­mins and min­er­als you need. 3Create a weekly sign-up sheet. Yes, it re­ally is worth it. You’ll pre­vent reps and other lunch crises.

4Change

up your lo­ca­tion. An atrium, a park... the ex­pe­ri­ence is half the fun. Shar­ing a meal makes you happy and re­laxed, and can also lead to a leaner, health­ier body, re­search shows.

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