Making sure you’re getting a decent lunch is essential if you want to function well when you’re at work. During a particularly busy day at the office, you may be tempted to skip your midday meal, but it is one of the most important features of your working day.
To make sure you get a healthy, fulfilling lunch every day, it is important to bring your lunch from home. So why should you put the effort in to prepare your lunch and take it with you to work?
#1 – It’s Healthier
By preparing food at home, you can create healthy and delicious meals that will give you plenty of energy to get through the rest of your working day. Freshly cooked ingredients tend to be far better than pre-packaged alternatives on the high street. In fact, a sandwich made at home is likely to be much better than one bought in the shop.
Even if you don’t feel as though you’ve made a ‘healthy’ lunch, it’s likely that you will have made something healthier than shop bought alternatives which are often full of salt, sugar, and fat.
#2 – It’s Cheaper
Buying your lunch every day can become an expensive business, and if you’re hoping to pick a healthy option, be prepared for your bank account to feel the impact. According to research from Compare the Market, healthy calories from high street brands cost up to nearly 600% more than unhealthy calories. They looked at the options in the top high street brands such as Pret a Manger where a healthy option costs £2.98 per 100 calories compared to the less healthy main costing just 50 pence per 100 calories.
Most salads cost upwards of £3, with the Starbucks Grilled Veg & Grain Salad Bowl costing a whopping £5.99. Just imagine how much money you could save yourself by preparing them at home.
#3 – It’s More Satisfying
There is something incredibly satisfying about preparing your own food. Not only that, you can also create delicious and satisfying meals that you can eat at work which you would be hard-pressed to find on the high street. You can opt for something quick and light, like a salad, or prepare something a little more substantial like a stir-fry.
#4 – It Gives You More Control
You may not be trying to lose weight or stick to a particular diet plan, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want to maintain control over the ingredients you are consuming. Pre-packaged lunches from the high street can be filled with all sorts of preservatives which offer you no nutritional value whatsoever. However, with a lunch made from scratch, you can take control of what you put into your body.
In fact, even when high street eateries claim to be offering ‘natural’ food options, that is not always the case, as reported by The Guardian earlier this year.
#5 – It Helps You to Save Time
While spending time preparing food for the next day can seem like a time-consuming task, you can actually find yourself saving time if you simply prepare larger portions for evening meals, saving the leftovers for the next day’s lunch. This means that you can enjoy more of your lunch break, eating a nutritious lunch, rather than trawling round the shops trying to find something to eat that won’t break the bank.
There are plenty of benefits to preparing and taking your own lunch to work, so whether you’re hoping to save money, watch your waistline, or you’re just concerned about staying away from E numbers and preservatives, make sure to check out our recipes to find the perfect meal for your office lunch.