Day after day, we tend to be creatures of habit, and that will more often than not be reflected in what you eat. Bringing your lunch to work can seem like a drag and a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 ways to spice up your packed lunch!
1. Ditch the salad.
Don’t dread what you eat - switch out your salad for zoodles (zucchini noodles)! They’re super easy to make, and you can top them with your favorite salad toppings. Zoodles can be treated like pasta, so you can top them with your favorite protein and sauce of choice to get your pasta fix. Grab a spiralizer on Amazon to help make your zoodle dreams come to life!
2. Amp up the flavor.
If you’re bored of salt and pepper, try some other flavors to add to your protein or sauce. For those of you that like spice, adding in cayenne pepper or even smoked paprika can give your meal a nice kick. A quick teriyaki sauce only takes 3 ingredients: 2 parts soy sauce, 1 part rice vinegar, and a little honey.
3. Fill your sandwich with color and texture.
If you’re a sandwich person, ditch the boring cold cuts. Treating yourself to shaved turkey from the deli adds a more rustic feel to your lunch and can alleviate your lunch box blues. Adding texture to your sandwich also helps - take a look at a banh mi: typically made with carrots and cucumber, which add freshness and a nice crunch.
4. It's all about the presentation.
Who doesn’t like presents?! If you don’t want to change up what you’re eating, packaging your food differently can make you more excited to eat at work. There are plenty of great bento-style boxes to store your food on Amazon or other food-related websites. A little homage to the cafeteria tray can spark a friendly lunchtime conversation with co-workers. Using a bento box allows you to portion the components of your meal, giving you a better idea of just how much you’re truly eating.
5. Treat yourself!
You may occasionally be okay with the monotony of eating the same thing every day, but cravings may still arise. If you’re craving the ice cream, let yourself have the ice cream! Grab a friend from work and plan a dessert outing for later in the week - by the end of the week, you’ll have something to look forward to during lunchtime.
These little tips can be very helpful when stuck in a rut with your food. Don’t be afraid to try a new recipe or to get out of your comfort zone! You never know - you may even inspire others with your creativity. Now, get out there and eat!