We are all trying to save money where we can, and a great idea to save money is making a lunch to take to work with you each day, rather than buying lunch out. This way you usually eat better and healthier, and it will work out much cheaper - you could easily save up to £5 a day taking your own lunch with you in lunch boxes. In the colder months you won't want to take cold lunches so here are some easy lunch ideas for work in the winter.
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Healthy and filling ingredients
If you are into meal prepping, include your work lunches for the work week in your plans. Keep a repertoire of easy lunch recipes that you can use as inspiration. When planning easy lunch ideas for work in the winter you will want to make sure you include plenty of protein, slow release carbs and healthy vegetables. Ingredients such as these work well in a perfect lunch to create a complete meal...
- brown rice
- black beans
- bell pepper
- red onion
- hard-boiled eggs
- flour tortilla
- bread roll
- naan bread
- whole grains
- pumpkin seeds
- feta cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- sweet potatoes
A hearty soup makes a really cost effective and warming healthy lunch. Packed full of vegetables it is a great way to get some of your five a day in too. Make a big batch or two at the weekend, freeze it in portions and take it out of the freezer to defrost overnight the night before you want to take it for lunch.
Invest in a really good thermos flask and you won't even need to heat it up at work. I always take some bread rolls or buttered bread with me to dip in too! Here are some great soup recipes you can use as inspiration for healthy lunch recipes...
Pasta is a great meal to heat up in the morning and pack in your thermos for later. The best part is that you can make it for your evening meal and take it with you for lunch the next day. Add extra goodness by pairing it with fresh vegetables or a delicious salad.
Stews and Curries
There is nothing more warming than a delicious stew or curry. These keep really well hot in a thermos and pack some naan bread or crusty bread to enjoy with them. This will definitely keep you warm at lunchtime! Stews make really easy lunches as you can make a big batch at the weekend and portion it out for lunches during the week, great for meal planning.
To add a little healthy boost to your lunch don't forget to take some fresh veggies and fresh fruit to enjoy as snacks, or even a delicious side salad.
I hope that you enjoyed this little roundup of some great meal ideas to take to work in the winter months. They are healthy and warming and much more cost effective than buying lunch every day.
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