70 percent of Americans regularly eat lunch at their desks. A hectic schedule makes it a challenge to eat well. Packing nutritious, portable meals and snacks can help prevent vending machine temptations and takeout pitfalls.
Cook-once, eat-twice meals add up to speedy desktop dining. Cook up your favorite dishes over the weekend with a plan to pack the leftovers for lunch in GladWare® Containers with Interlocking Lids. Choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to keep your sandwiches, soups, casseroles and snack foods fresh and your lunch bag free of messy leaks. To prevent food-borne illness, store perishable foods immediately upon arriving to work, microwave leftovers to at least 165°F and avoid being among the 50 percent of desktop diners who reportedly forget to wash their hands before eating.
Schedule a Lunch Date
Make lunch one of your most important appointments of the day. Skipping meals often leads to overeating and may contribute to decreased productivity and poor concentration. When you’re tempted to bypass a lunch break, consider healthy “fast food” options like fat-free Dannon® Greek Yogurt. Made using the traditional straining process, Greek yogurt has a thicker and creamier consistency than regular yogurt and is more concentrated in protein with 12 grams per serving. Turn yogurt into a balanced meal with a topping of fresh fruit and whole-grain cereal. For yogurt with a pre-portioned serving of low-fat granola, try new Dannon® Activia® Yogurt Parfaits, available in four flavors.
Prepare for Snack Attacks
Tackle the mid-afternoon slump with a recharging snack. Stock your desk with roasted almonds, dried fruit and whole-grain cereal bars to manage snack attacks. Snacks with staying power pair fiber plus protein. Cabot® 50% Reduced Fat Premium Natural Cheddar Cheese supplies eight grams of hunger-curbing protein per one-ounce serving with half the fat and all the flavor of traditional cheddar. It’s the perfect partner for red grapes, whole-grain crackers or veggies. Shred it for recipes or toppings or slice it to layer onto wraps and sandwiches. Wonder what a one-ounce serving of cheese looks like? Use the handy portion control tool printed on the package as your guide.
Don’t Leave Home without It
Packing your lunch controls portions, promotes more nutritious choices and is less costly than dining out. Sandwiches are an easy go-to solution when bringing your lunch from home. To make a super sandwich, start with wholesome whole-grain and fiber-rich bread like Arnold® Select™ 100% Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain or Honey Wheat Sandwich Thins®. Then add a lean source of protein such as turkey, tuna or almond butter and dress it up with unique ingredients like pesto, avocado or dried fruit. Say no to soggy sandwiches. Wrap toppings and condiments individually and assemble just before eating. If you prefer to stuff sandwiches, try Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Fill ‘Ems™
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