Keeping on track with your diet and exercise can be difficult, especially post-holidays when it’s already hard enough to return to your routine. However, there are a few simple yet effective steps you can take to ensure your lunch is always healthy, even when on-the-go.
Planning everything from your shopping list to your meals and daily calories will make it as easy as possible for you to stick to your healthy lunches. Look online for inspiration or invest in a new cookbook so you can be flexible with your meals to prevent you from getting bored.
Set out a specific day of the week where you plan to spend a couple of hours batch cooking your meals for the week ahead. This will save you time in the long run and means you can always have a selection of healthy lunches on hand both in the fridge and freezer.
Batch Cook Simple Snacks
Snacks are one of the easiest ways to slip when you’re on a diet, so being prepared and pre-planning some quick and healthy snacks is super helpful for keeping you on track. Baking something with oats and bananas is a great option, as this is low calorie but slowly releases energy throughout the day, keeping you full for long periods. Making your own healthy snacks will also save you money and means you can experiment with different recipes and flavors to keep things interesting.
Leave Your Card at Home
When it comes to ditching your healthy lunch for an unhealthy alternative, shops, cafes, and co-workers tend to be the biggest temptations. Take nothing but your healthy lunch and snacks into work, and if possible, leave your card/cash at home, so you aren’t able to buy anything naughty instead of your healthy foods. Although you may find this difficult at first, especially if everyone else around you is indulging, you will soon become used to having your own home-cooked meals and will find it easier to say no.