1. Make your own bistro box aka adult Lunchable.
Prep a container full of sliced cheese, a container full of apple slices, a bunch of hardboiled eggs, and whatever else you want. Then every evening before bed, use these building blocks to put together a bistro box for the next day. Here’s the recipe for the one pictured here.
2. Store all of those ingredients in the iconic green-lidded Pruta containers.
I mean, you probably already have these if you graduated from college in the last four years. Reusable containers like these cut down on the cost of buying new plastic or paper bags every so often. Get a set of 17 for $4.99 here.
4. Make a plan for your weekday lunches at the beginning of the month, whether or not you stick to it.
It’s like setting an intention for the month at the beginning of it (or just on a weekend where you have enough energy to think through how many veggies you want to eat every week, etc.). Get this free printable version here.
5. Include several things you can make in advance, like a huge batch of a freezer-friendly chili.
This is a great way to avoid the blah-ness of eating the same thing at lunch every day for five days straight — just make Tuesdays and Thursdays chili day at work, and take a break from the other three meals you’ve prepped. Lean more about freezing techniques here, and find a bunch of freezer-friendly recipes here.
6. You can also try making custom hot pockets out of pre-made dough (although maybe only make them a week or so in advance).
Next time the pre-made dough is on sale, buy a little extra so you can make these. They’re super customizable with whatever you happen to have in your fridge at the time. Then once you get them to work, you can easily reheat them in the microwave.Here’s how to make ‘em.
11. If the idea of eating salads or sandwiches for lunch makes you roll your eyes, try making a large veggie frittata at the beginning of the week.
14. Stick a set of these adjustable, reusable utensils in your bag.
This set lets you have a fork, a spoon, and chopsticks if you’d like — all for $4.99, which is just about the cost of a big box of disposable utensils that won’t last you nearly as long as these will. You could also just bring some flatware from home.
15. Set a daily alarm on your phone calendar to remind you to pack or grab your lunch every morning.
Or find SOMETHING to remind yourself to grab what you need out of the fridge. Letting the powerful computer that you carry around in your pocket remember things so you don’t have to = basically what it was designed to do.