In Case of Emergency: Backup Lunch Ideas
Did you know that four out of five people don't actually use their lunch hour on a regular basis? If you are part of the 20 percent who escape from your desk for a midday meal, good for you! For the rest of us, here are five on-the-go food ideas you can keep at your desk or stash in your bag.
Peanut Butter and Crackers
An easy, go-to snack that can become a meal in a pinch, peanut butter and crackers is a classic choice that stands the test of time. Whether it's in a packet or a jar, the protein-spread won't go bad in your desk drawer; neither will your favorite saltines, rice crackers or even pretzel chips. You'll be good to go anytime you find yourself stuck with a ton of work or bad weather rains on your lunch parade.
Tuna or Salmon Pouches
Your backup lunch doesn't have to be desperate or bland. You can have an on-the-go option that's packed with savory flavors. Tuna or Salmon pouches are thin enough to fit perfectly in your everyday bag or desk drawer. Sealed fresh, all you have to do is tear open and eat right out of the pouch. Dig in with a fork, enjoy in a sandwich or top a cracker with it for a taste that's hard to beat.
Jerky and Dried Fruit
When the hunger pains begin in the middle of a project and you can't break away, the most important thing is to get fuel for your body… and quick! Beef jerky and dried fruits are great to have on hand for that fast energy fix. Keep in mind that store-bought jerky can be high in sodium, so be sure to look for a lower sodium option or make it yourself at home. Also compare labels for lower sugar content in the dried fruit.
Make Ahead Meals
No, we're not talking about the store-bought processed meals that are often high in sodium, fat and/or sugar. We mean the homemade variety. Make a large batch of chili, lasagna or soup on the weekend and freeze it in individual containers. Store a few in your office freezer for those busy days, or grab one from your own freezer in the morning and let it defrost in your insulated lunch bag.
Cheese and Nuts
Sure, cheese doesn't last forever, but it does have a pretty good lifespan in the fridge. It makes a yummy grab-and-go snack (or a whole meal in a lunchtime emergency). Make it last even longer by cutting your Cheddar, Gouda or Jack into individual portions at home and vacuum seal it. This can buy you some extra non-refrigerated hours. Throw in some nuts and the added protein can be just what you need to make it from breakfast to dinner on a hectic day.
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