When it’s early morning, the last thing you want to do is get up and decide what delight you should make for your lunch. Sometimes you settle for something straight out of the packet accompanied by a greasy burger, chips and a sugary drink. Does it really have to be like this? The answer is no! You don’t have to put up with a boring old sandwich day in and day out! With these few tips below, you can wave goodbye to your sad desk lunch and enjoy something nutritious and delicious every single day.

Meal Prep
The key to never having to suffer from the perils of having a sad desk lunch is preparation. If you prepare in advance, then you will always have something nutritious. Before anything else, ensure you nail your meal prep. Invest in some tupperware and plan your lunches two days in advance. Then you won’t have to rush about in the morning, order take out, or have a fast food lunch.

Balanced meals
Because you are preparing in advance, you can always make sure your lunch is nutritious and filling. So what do you need? You need a nice balance of a lean protein source, such as chicken, tuna or tofu, and a slow release carbohydrate such as sweet potato or basmati rice. Always have some green vegetables too, such as green beans, cabbage, spinach or broccoli.

Snack healthy
You don’t want to feel sluggish during the day by overloading on fast release carbs so you get a rush for a few hours then burn out soon after. Snack on decent quality foods, such as nuts, seeds and fresh fruits. Bananas, apples and oranges are a fantastic choice, not to mention they will brighten up your desk a little too!

Make your drinks more fun
As you are aware you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy and hydrated! This doesn’t have to be just boring old tap water though! You can enjoy some sugar free water in all different flavors or delicious flavored green tea for a boost of antioxidants.

Get out
This may not be food related but part of saying no to a desk lunch is getting away from your desk. Change the scenery by going to the canteen for lunch or venturing out to the park for some fresh air. It doesn’t matter where you because the minute you step away you decrease the risk of having a sad desk lunch.

Follow the above steps and you will look forward to your lunch times from now on! No more sad desk lunches for you!

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