8 tips to pack the perfect healthy lunch for work

Alpa Momaya

July 10, 2019

You’ve got to get the kids ready for school, pack their tiffins, walk the dog, hit the shower and eat your breakfast before heading to work at 9am. Mornings are always maddening and your office lunchbox is usually the one chore that gets neglected in the bargain.

But remember: a good lunch is essential as it carries you through the day.

Studies have found that eating a nutritious meal in the afternoon helps beat lethargy, improves attention span, increases productivity and keep your mood bright.

Contrary to what you may think, that “healthy” lunchbox does not require hours of toiling. A few minutes and a little planning is all you need.

  1. Plan two meals ahead

When you have toiled in the kitchen to prepare a scrumptious Sunday brunch for your family, it’s a shame to not reap its benefits the next day. If you made idli sambhar, set aside a few idlis so you can chop them into pieces and stir-fry with onions, tomatoes and mustard seeds for finger-licking masala idli. If you prepared rajma chawal, save some boiled rajma to ready a filling and tasty rajma salad the next morning.idli sambhar food

  1. Count those carbs

Nutritionists say that at every meal we should aim to “make a fist” wherein the thumb symbolises carbohydrates, the index finger represents proteins, the middle finger fats, and the ring plus pinky finger refer to vitamins and minerals. Carbs account for the biggest chunk of your meal as they provide fuel for the body to function optimally, boost energy, speed, stamina, and concentration. But that does not mean to you have to eat rotis or rice day after day. You can add macaroni to your salad, enjoy multi-grain toast with soup or simply relish whole-wheat pasta.Toast and soup beakfast

  1. Pack in proteins

A healthy lunch must include some lean or low-fat protein to give you a sustained energy high. Ensure that the egg tray in your refrigerator is never empty. Just set two or three eggs to boil while you sip your morning cuppa. You can add the whites to your salad, sandwich or even pulao while leaving. If you are in a rush, just carry them in a packet and peel at work. Vegetarians can make a chaat with sprouts or boiled chickpeas.Pack in proteins

  1. Go fruity

Fruits contain essential vitamins and minerals as well as natural sugars which satisfy sweet cravings. But if eating an apple seems to boring, try making a fruit chaat or raita. You can make a tasty salad by combining cabbage and cucumber chunks with diced apple and shelled pomegranate. Stir in some hung curd and add walnuts or almonds to make it more crunchy and healthy. On a busy day, simply carry a banana or bunch of grapes. You can always wash the latter at work.go fruity

  1. Be creative

Bring leftovers to your rescue when you are short of time. Make a delicious wrap with the previous night’s rotis and sabzis by adding some chopped onions, tomatoes, and chutney. Give a makeover to refrigerated rice by stir frying it with a little olive oil, crushed garlic and creative

  1. Pick a side

Roast makhana in olive oil and salt over the weekend and store in a jar. Keep crackers and khakra handy too. You can quickly pop a handful of these munchies in your tiffin to ensure you have a healthy side with your sandwich or roll instead of the typical chips and biscuits.Sandwich in breakfast

  1. Steel the show

A healthy lunch is not complete till you pack it in a healthy container. Numerous studies have found that plastic contains harmful chemicals that can leach into food putting us at risk for various diseases, including cancer. Moreover, foods tend to lose their aroma and flavour when stored in poor quality plastic boxes. Invest in a stainless steel tiffin, casserole or trustworthy, BPA-free container.healthy container

  1. Set a reminder

A Dabba of home-cooked food is good for your body and pocket. Keep a note on your fridge saying this in bold so you stay motivated to spend an extra five minutes in the kitchen every morning.home food

About the Author

As the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from the University of Mumbai, Alpa Momaya has always understood the value of good nutrition in an individual's life. She is a Registered Nutritional Practitioner (Canada) with over 15 years of experience in the field. Specializing in Clinical Nutrition, Pre & Post Natal Diets, and Weight Management, Alpa found her calling as a Sr. Nutritionist with HealthifyMe. Alpa's love for cooking and good nutrition has seen her contribute several recipes to the HealthifyMe database over the years. Additionally, she takes a keen interest in reading and painting.

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16 responses to “8 tips to pack the perfect healthy lunch for work”

  1. Hi

    Idea of making something out of leftout is fantastic.

    Lots of insights.

    I will start something starting coming Sunday??

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