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Cooking Basics: Lunch Recommendations
November 29, 2010
How many of you are still eating Thanksgiving leftovers? For me, leftovers are best the day after Thanksgiving; after that, they start to grow a little old. But I do love turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Chances are, for most of us, it’s back to work or school this week. Assuming you’ve all been eating a healthful breakfast to jumpstart the day, the next meal that deserves a little scrutiny is lunch.
Lunch is a funny meal. I don’t mean funny “ha ha,” but funny in that people often don’t know what to do about this meal. Since we don’t have a cafeteria at work, some of my colleagues buy lunch every day at the nearby Panera, Chipotle,, or one of the handful of pizza and burger places. Others, like myself, tend to bring lunch more often than not — either leftovers (unfortunately, some of them bring fish, and you know what THAT smells like in the microwave!) or what I sometimes call a makeshift meal of fruit, crackers, and whatever else happens to be in their desk drawer. Yes, people have been known to make a lunch out of a packet of oatmeal. Then, there are the folks who tend to skip lunch. I have no idea how they can do this, but they do. Inevitably, though, this leads to pretty much nonstop eating once they get home from work. Is there one “right” lunch to eat? No, just as there’s no one right breakfast.
Lunch is kind of the underdog of meals. Dinner gets most of the attention, and breakfast, with a minimum of effort, is pretty easy to fit in. Whether you’re at work, at school, or at home, my belief is that lunch is just as important to eat as the other two meals. If you have diabetes, you may need to eat something midday, depending on the diabetes medicine that you take. But what do you eat for lunch? Eating out can be fun — for a while — then it starts to wear thin. How many burgers or burritos can one eat? And the cost can quickly add up, especially if you’re spending five dollars or more for a sandwich or salad and a drink. Frozen meals can definitely work, but they’re often not enough to satisfy, leaving you scrounging for your coworker’s hidden cookies or hitting the vending machine at 3 PM. That pretty much leaves bringing your lunch. Bringing your lunch is definitely worth the effort for the following reasons:
But does lunch have to consist of a boring tuna fish sandwich or a bowl of high-sodium soup from the can? Not necessarily, unless you’re not willing to put a little effort into it. To help make planning a lunch easier on you, consider the following:
Need ideas for what to bring for lunch? Check out these options:
What do you like to eat for lunch?
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