If your return to work has been met with boring boxes, soggy sandwiches and expensive salads from the local café, take our fabulous ideas to rekindle your love of lunch time.
1. Upgrade your cool bag
If your insulated lunch bag is looking at little worse for wear, give it a good soak with Napisan or similar to freshen it up and remove stains. If it’s beyond help, opt for an upgrade – there are loads of cute and clever models on the market.
2. Serve it in a fabulous container
We’ve all adopted the ‘keep cup’ idea, so why not go the extra mile with your food presentation? Bring your favourite bowl or plate to eat it from each day and plate it up with love. If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen or fridge in your workplace even better – you can wash up after and save the environment from takeaway packaging!
3. Prepare at home and assemble at work
When prepared in the morning, some lunches get soggy by the time lunch comes around and it’s less than lovely when you open the lid. Try keeping ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ ingredients separate – such as salad leaves vs roast vegetables vs salad dressing – and assemble at work in the bowl.
4. Plan ahead
Save time in the mornings by preparing all the elements to your salad ahead of time. Have a big cook up on the weekend or just make extra for evening meals, then set aside smaller lunch portions in the fridge to grab and go. Add extra flavour to your salads with roasted vegetables, healthy nut toppings and thoughtful dressings. A soft-boiled egg or leftover BBQ chicken packs in the protein, a container of brown rice or quinoa can be metred out to last all week.
5. Pack a picnic
Why not grab a few buddies and throw a blanket down in the park nearby work for a lunchtime picnic? Soak up the sun, commune with nature or simply watch the world go by as you chat and share plans for your weekend.
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