MAKE & TAKE Lunchbox ideas that go beyond a ham sammie
GO BEYOND A HAM SANDWICH WITH YOUR LUNCHES – IT’S EASY WITH A LITTLE PREPARATION AND A BIT OF IMAGINATION!
Plan & Prepare
When doing the weekly grocery shop, make lunch ingredients a priority, not an afterthought. Indulge in your favourite meats, cheeses and breads and you won’t feel like you are missing out by bringing lunch to work. By planning and packing your lunches the night before, you will also find yourself naturally making healthier choices. It is much harder to resist fast food options if you’re hungry and need to grab something quickly.
Lunch can be more than last night’s leftovers, though curries, pastas, stir-fries and salads make excellent options. Cook large batches of pastas, curries, soups and stews and freeze them in single portions. Take your lunch out of the freezer the night before and defrost it in the fridge. Refrigerate it when you get to work, and at lunchtime it can be heated in the microwave.
the healthy lunchbox
Eating a variety of fresh food during the day means you’re on your way to reaching the daily target of five servings of vegetables and two of fruit. Low GI carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread, grainy crispbread, rice and pasta, provide a slow release of energy so you can concentrate throughout the afternoon. Good sources of protein, such as tuna, eggs, chicken and ham, satisfy hunger and will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
There are many lunchbox options to keep food hot, cold and prevent messy leaks and spills. Fruit yoghurts can be frozen overnight to prevent bacteria growth and to also keep the rest of your lunch cool in your lunchbox the next day. Many fruits – grapes, watermelon, oranges, bananas and strawberries – can be frozen, too.