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As a working mom, it is often hard to have a handle on healthy lunches to take to the workplace. Having a good idea of quick and easy lunches to prepare for lunch at work is crucial to keeping tabs on your eating habits during the day. Working nine to five as a mother is hard enough as it is, but maintaining healthy eating habits while at the office can be a challenge. As a mother to a two- and five-year-old, my mornings are crazy I struggle enough getting myself and the kids ready to leave the house for the day, but having to make meals in the morning before work and school is nearly impossible. My strategy? Sunday Lunch Prep! Sunday afternoons are a perfect time to prepare easy meals and snacks to bring to the office. This preparation is done ahead of time which means that in the mornings, all that has to be done is grabbing my pre-made lunch out of the refrigerator and walking out the door! Here are a couple of my go-to, easy to prepare lunches and snacks that are made in advance and keep me eating healthy at the office.
½ – ¾ cup of rice
5 chicken breasts
I simply bake or broil five chicken breasts until completely cooked (Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes). I then prepare rice according to the package instructions, and blanch a few broccoli heads for a few minutes. Once the ingredients are cooled, I layout five glass storage containers in a straight line to begin my assembly. I just place about ½ cup – ¾ cup of rice into each of the containers. Next, I place a handful of broccoli florets into the containers and finish with a yummy chicken breast on top. Seal the lids and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Yummy, simple and healthy
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Sweet Potato and Steamed Vegetables
5 Sweet potatoes
Bake five sweet potatoes until fully cooked (Bake at 350* for 45-55 minutes). Once the sweet potatoes are cooled, I place them each into a glass storage container. Seal the lids and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Next, I am a huge fan of steamable vegetables (pure, nothing with sauces or seasonings). Steamable vegetables comes straight out of the freezer and into the microwave and in just 4 minutes, you have delicious vegetables. On eating day, I simply grab a bag of my frozen veggies from the freezer and a pre-cooked sweet potato and head out the door. When it’s time to eat, I steam the veggies in the microwave and heat up my sweet potato. I like to slit open the sweet potato and let the veggies run inside. Yum!
Yogurt, Fruit, and Chia Seeds
1/2 of vanilla/plain Greek yogurt
one Tbsp of organic chia seeds
Any type of fruit (sliced)
Yum. Yum. Yum. On my Sunday prep days, I like to make easy snacks to go to the office with me since I am a snacker. On my prep day, I will lay out five small glass storage containers in a straight line for simple assembly. I begin pouring ½ cup of vanilla/plain Greek yogurt into the bottom of each container. Next, I add one tablespoon of organic chia seeds on top of the yogurt. (Aren’t familiar with chia seeds? You should be. They have so many health benefits. Then I clean and slice any type of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, bananas, pineapple, etc) and place on top of the scoop of yogurt and seeds. That’s it! On eating day, I just grab the premade container out of the refrigerator and snack away!
>> Read more: Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Finally, Nuts: I cannot express enough how healthy nuts are for the body! I just get a handful of peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, or pistachios and place into a small plastic resealable bag and have them ready to go for a snack. No “prep” involved!