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Quick, Easy, Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Monday, February 09, 2015

Packing a healthy, quick lunchbox is easier than you think and the best part is that you probably already have everything that you need in your kitchen.  Instead of planning a time-consuming midday meal, use the nutritious bits and pieces that you already have at your disposal, you’d be surprised at what you can create with ordinary ingredients.

  1. Leftovers
    When cooking at night, make sure that you make way more food than you think is sufficient to feed your family. Simply scoop a helping of dinner into a Tupperware and put it in the fridge so it’s ready to grab as you leave the house in the morning. What’s better than cooking once and eating twice? 

  2. Salads
    Salads are probably the healthiest, quickest and easiest dish to prepare and you can make them the night before, as long as you eat it the next day. See what’s in your fridge and scullery and start getting creative. Besides the usual fresh vegetables, why not try to add nuts, some biltong/chicken pieces from the night before, some fresh herbs from your garden and even strange combinations with fruit and cheese. Having potatoes for dinner? Why not boil some extra potatoes and make a delicious filling potato salad for your lunchbox?

  3. Sandwiches
    An old lunchbox favourite, sandwiches are easy to make, delicious and can provide you with a balanced meal that will keep you going for the entire day. For sustained energy use a low GI variety of bread.  The great thing about a sandwich is that you can put almost anything on it, from gourmet deli meats and imported mustards to the “end of the month” peanut butter. In some cases you might even be able to put the previous night’s leftovers on your sarmie. A roast chicken meal can make for delicious chicken mayo sandwiches the next day at work or school. 

  4. Soups
    Soups are very healthy and you can make them by blending almost anything together, it’s a great chance for experimentation in the kitchen. (Take that Gordon Ramsey)  A fabulous thing about soup is that it can be frozen and kept for a very long period of time. To save you time during the week, in winter especially, spend the weekend blending your favourite veggies together and freezing in serving sized containers. Grab a soup in the morning before work, add a bun, defrost at the office and voila, a healthy, filling meal in just a few minutes.

  5. Crackers and Toppings
    This is a great one when you really haven’t prepared anything the night before and you’re in a rush to get going. Grab your box of crackers, loot the fridge for some cheese, pickles, dips, sliced meats or whatever you have, take a knife, throw it all in a bag and come lunch time, you can calmly create delicious taste combinations. You might even be able to ask your colleagues to trade you some of their lunch so you can add Mary’s roast beef slices on your cracker or Thabo’s chicken strips, in exchange for a lovely topping stacked cracker, it’s a win-win situation.

So there you have it, quick and easy healthy lunchbox ideas. Prepare the night before and go to bed with one less worry. If you take our advice you might even be able to snooze ten minutes more than usual.

Just like there’s no reason to spend too much time in creating delicious lunchboxes, there is also no need to spend too much time on getting insured.