6.18.14

Office Lunches 101

BY DEVIN O

For most of my working life, I have always made a point to live close enough to my office so that I could walk home for lunch. Working at Carbon8 is luckily close enough to take a nice bike ride everyday, but not worth the trek home during my lunch hour. So began my quest for the perfect office lunch.

First, lets discuss the benefits of bringing your lunch to work instead of eating out. I know it is easier to just grab something on the go, but when I eat lunch at one of our wonderful local eateries, I spend somewhere between $10 - $15. If I did this every day in the office, I would be spending over $3,000 a year!

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When I make my own lunch to bring, I spend considerably less. Due to my obsession with searching the Internet for recipes (hello, Pinterest!), I follow a lot of awesome blogs such as Budget Bytes that help me get the most bang for my buck when cooking. So depending on what I make, let's round up my lunch costs to about $5. That’s only about $1,000 a year if I bring my lunch to work every single day. Quite an improvement!

On top of that, making your own food is always healthier. You need to make sure what you are eating is giving you the proper fuel to finish all those reports and then give a stellar presentation.

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You can save a lot of time if you do your bulk shopping for the week on Sunday and then set aside a few hours to cook some things that are easy to grab out of the fridge. Go ahead, throw on a couple episodes of your favorite podcast and try making those recipes you have been saving.

Some of my simple and healthy favorites:

  • Tuna Salad
  • Spaghetti Squash and shrimp
  • Kale Salad
  • Homemade pizza

Some other things to throw in:

  • almonds
  • diced fruit/veggies
  • hummus or peanut butter to dip veggies in
  • cheese cubes

Need help keeping your lunch a balanced diet? I find that making bento boxes helps!

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Some tips:

  • Try to get away from your desk. It is good to give yourself a chance to rest and enjoy your food. You will feel more satisfied if you are able to focus on what you are eating.
  • Use this time to get to know your coworkers!
  • Due to the beautiful Denver sunshine and the amount of awesome local restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood, I do spend many days taking walks to eat on my lunch hour. Eat local and support the economy in your neighborhood.
  • Take a walk after!

And that's my quick guide to office lunches!

Devin O
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