Here is my post for the Nourishing Gourmet's Pennywise Platter Thursday Carnival. Please go > here to get great ideas for making nourishing foods for your family without breaking the bank!
I am also sharing this for Food Renegade's Fight Back Friday! please go > here to read other real food stories.
It is very frugal to pack your own lunch, not to mention so much better for you to eat real food made with local ingredients. If you package your lunch in reusable containers you will also save money in the long run rather then spending on throw away packages and takeout food. My husband brings a homemade lunch to work with him almost every day. Sometimes it is a simple sandwich on spelt bread from > French Meadow Bakery , organic beef jerky and some fruit, other times it is leftovers from dinner the night before.
Eating out often sounds easier, but unless it is at a high-end (not usually affordable on a daily basis) restaurant serving locally grown, organic food made without trans fats or processed/artificial ingredients, eating out is often quite unhealthy, not to mention expensive! My husband says he now actually prefers his homemade lunches. He finds he has better energy throughout the day and loves taking his lunch hour to go on a quick bike ride to eat at a park or just sitting outside and people watching in Downtown, Minneapolis where he works.
Here is my hubby's lunch for tomorrow, packed in stainless steel and glass containers which he places inside a > Built lunch bag to keep it all nice and snug on his speedy five mile bike ride to work:
Wild striped bass from > Coastal Seafoods, breaded with sprouted whole wheat flour and spices, on top of a nice summer salad made with local veggies; green leaf lettuce, gorgeous chiogga beets, cucumber, dried cranberries, and chopped salted almonds with homemade honey-mustard vinaigrette on the side.
Dessert is homemade chocolate pudding made with local, > grass-fed cream and milk, Belgian chocolate, tapioca starch, virgin coconut oil, freshly scraped vanilla bean, sucanat, and pastured eggs.
My suggestions for making (and enjoying!) your own homemade lunches:
Quality packaging is important, visually and for practical reasons. It is no fun to get to work after a bumpy bike or bus ride and find that something has spilled all over your laptop. Invest in a few simple lunch containers made of safe materials such as glass, ceramics, or stainless steel. Also find a great, leak-proof lunch bag. I like > this website for a good selection of environmentally safe bags and containers.
Keep lunches nourishing and simple. Leftovers are your friend and will help keep making lunches very thrifty. Always pack some sort of meat or egg dish, and don't forget to include healthy fats in your preparations. This will keep your mind and body feeling great the whole day. When you eat a good amount of healthy fats (such as soy and canola oil-free mayonnaise, butter, naturally-rendered lard, coconut oil, full fat dairy, nuts, ect.) and protein you might notice that you have less cravings for some of the junkier foods lying around many work places (the ubiquitous front desk candy jar).
Some tried and true standbys for lunches on the go include; green salads with meat or eggs, brown rice and meat dishes, chicken or tuna salad, natural, nitrate-free lunch meat and cheese sandwiches, soup in a thermos, grass-fed beef chili and cornbread, homemade pork and cabbage won tons or egg rolls, walnuts or almonds with dried fruit and dark-chocolate chips as a treat, in-season fruit, and whole milk yogurt with maple syrup.
Take the plunge and pack your own lunch or make a lunch for someone you love. It will better your families health and finances, and really, it tastes much better too!