If you’re like me, packing lunch for the workday is an afterthought at best. The problem is, I’m not a fan of spending the time, calories, or money eating out. After countless sad desk lunches, wasted dollars, and unsatisfying meals, I finally have it down. I’ve created a list of food items and tools to keep at work to make even the transform even the most haphazard effort into a filling, nutritious, and tasty meal.
The list below won’t be quite as helpful as your home pantry, but it will provide a nice foundation to supplement any incomplete meal you pick up or bring from home. For me, these are most often: leftovers, undressed salad greens, raw veggies, yogurt, an apple, an avocado, hummus. The items below help transform these bases into something substantial.
Keep these foods by your desk
Individual tuna packed in olive oil
Mustard packets (for impromptu dressings)
Small bottle of olive oil
Keep these foods in the fridge if you have access to one
Individual cheese serving (cheese stick, babybel, mozzarella balls)
Yogurt of choice
Helpful tools to have handy
Spoon, fork, knife
Good sharp knife
With these office items always available, you can easily grab just one or two fresh items from home, a cafeteria, or a small grocery store to create some semblance of a meal. Ideally, a balanced meal includes up to 2 cups of veggies (or a serving of fruit for breakfast) and a source of protein and healthy fats.
Salad greens and tuna with some nuts
Crudite with a hummus pack, crackers, a boiled egg, and piece of cheese
Leftovers with a hardboiled egg
Yogurt with fresh fruit, chia seeds, and nuts
Oatmeal with peanut butter and chia seeds
Yogurt with nuts, chia, seeds, and fruit
Apple with peanut butter and a cheese stick
Egg and avocado