Brown bag lunches can be such a boring affair. With the variety of mouthwatering options out there, it’s hard to look happy when you are eating soggy sandwiches and blah salads every day. After all, ordering fresh from the nearest deli is so easy. Besides, isn’t it a huge relief when you don’t have to make your own lunch in a mad morning rush?
However, no matter what your argument might be against brown bagging, at the end of the day you know it’s the right thing to do – whether you are thinking about it from a financial angle or from a health point of view. And, who says brown bags have to boring? Start a new trend at work and make your lunch-from-home healthy, delicious, and wholesome.
1. Keep your Food Sog-free
The one thing that people absolutely hate about brown bags is the inevitable soggy texture of the food. The sandwich you packed with such care in the morning threatens to disintegrate on your table while the salad greens look unappetizingly wilted. To prevent that from happening, carry your condiments, sauces, dressing, and spices separately and add them just when you are getting ready to have lunch. No sog and great taste all at the same time!
2. Consider Lunch Pooling
If you have 4-5 colleagues who share your enthusiasm (or, in this case lack of enthusiasm) for brown bags, spice things up a little bit by organizing lunch pooling. Once a week each of you can take turns to make lunch for everyone else. It’s a lot easier to make 5 portions of the same lunch for your co-workers once a week than 5 different ones throughout the week.
3. Grill your Food
Grilled food is really tasty and pretty easy to organize as well. You could add grilled veggies like eggplant, zucchini, and onions as a side salad, or you could bag them all separately and make sandwiches out of them for lunch. Pair grilled food with goat cheese for extra zing.
4. Go for Variety in Chips
Most people believe in making an entire meal out of a packet of chips. Ordinarily, that would be a very, very bad option health-wise. But these days, you get a whole lot of healthier varieties that are roasted and not fried, such as vegetable chips, garlic bagel chips, and bean chips. Since they don’t come in single server packs, you could mix some of your favorite ones and carry them in a zip pouch to work.
5. Special Beverages
If you buy them at a restaurant or from a vending machine, beverages can prove to be quite costly. You could always make some interesting beverages at home the night before and carry them to work in a thermos. Some really yummy options could be strawberry or raspberry lemonade, iced coffee, cinnamon iced tea, or spiced apple cider.
6. Add Some Variety & Texture
Brown bag lunches tend to be boring because they lack texture and variety. Experiment with different condiments in your meals, such as sundried tomato, Chinese mustard, horseradish, Caesar salad dressing, or spreadable goat cheese. Add texture to your food with the help of seeds and nuts, which lend a whole new crunchy taste to soups, salads, and sandwiches.
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