Often times, you look in the fridge and think, “Nothing looks appetizing for lunch, I’ll just grab something at work.” So, you grab a few extra dollars and head to work. This can wreak havoc on your diet and chip away at your bank account. By the time lunch comes, you are hungry for anything and are less likely to make healthy choices. Often other coworkers will join you on your quest for a convenient meal and pitch in for pizza, fast food take out, vending machine foods, etc. Before you know it, you’ve shared in eating enough calories for the entire day in one meal and feel like taking a nap, versus being refreshed and productive in the afternoon.
Part of the reason for not taking healthy lunches to work is that the food may look dull and boring. Just like decorating a water bottle to encourage drinking, try decorating your food to look more appetizing? By creating healthy meals with a contrast in color such as bright reds, greens, purples, and yellows, you will be more apt to eating it. One way to visually stimulate your appetite and showcase your colorful meals is to store in transparent containers, such as food-safe glass mason jars. These glass jars can store hot or cold food and can come directly out of the refrigerator right into the microwave. Of course, remove any metal lids prior to reheating.
To help you, and your coworkers, stay on track with healthy meals and lower calories, have the entire team participate. Try bringing in 5 lunch jars each and before you know it, healthy lunch is covered for the entire team for the entire week. I brought these healthy lunch jars to work (pictured) and everyone stated they looked “delicious”. In fact, they were.
I found the recipe from https://foxeslovelemons.com/chopped-salad-jars/ and tweaked it a little. You can also change it up and add any variety of vegetables and protein that fits your palate:
You can find many other delicious and healthy recipes for jar lunches online: