Lunchy Munchies?! (Healthy Lunch)
Well fine folks of the internet, this has been an awful week. Not the good kind that fills you full of awe, the bad kind of awful. Crystal and I have been in the process of moving. I spent the majority of the week packing things in boxes. To think that I am nostalgic for packing things in boxes is sickening, but after loading up the truck and cleaning, packing boxes was glorious. All that’s left now, however, is the drive, and the unloading, and the unpacking. Seeing that in writing makes me realize it’s going to suck. Anyway, what kind of people would we be if we didn’t do our post this week? Bad people, that’s what kind of people. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit here and let people call me “bad peoples.” So this week I thought I’d talk to you all about lunches. The mid-day meal can be dangerous. You are going to be in a hurry more often than not, and when you are in a hurry, it is easy to eat the not so good foodstuffs. We thought we would give out a few simple pointers about how to avoid that.
The best advice I can give for eating a healthy lunch is this: Stick to the menu. I know that you all are in the practice of making your weekly menu by now. I’ve talked about it three times. If you aren’t, you need to start. Anyway, I’m betting that you have leftovers from dinner the night before. Leftovers from dinner make the best lunches. Here’s why:
1.) You know it’s tasty. You ate it already. If you were willing to package it up back in the fridge, it must have been worth the effort.
2.) You know it’s healthy. The fridge is not a magic box. Well, it might be. I don’t know how refrigeration works. It could be a blend of electronic engineering and coolants, or it could be wizards and spells. The point is, the magic isn’t evolved enough to takes something that you made last night, which I know was healthy, and turn it into something unhealthy. It doesn’t know how to do that.
3.) They’re not going to get better. Before you jump all over me on this, this does NOT pertain to soups and stews. Those do get better with a little time in the fridge. Anyway, most leftovers are going to get worse the less time they spend in the fridge. Use them up quickly so their flavor stays fresh.
4.) You’re playing a game with the clock. As we discussed in fridge basics, one of the things a fridge does is prolong rotting. The longer you keep your food in the fridge, the higher the chances of it going bad. If you don’t use them up fast, odds are good you aren’t going to use them at all. This wastes time and money. Don’t do that. If you do that, I will think less of you.
These are a few reasons why leftovers make some of the best lunches. But if you don’t have leftovers, there are a few things you can do. Make sure to remember that portion control is key. Don’t have a huge lunch with tons of carbs and expect to be able to finish your day. You will need a nap for certain. At least I always do. I assume that what applies to me applies to others. Maybe this is because I assume I am normal. Maybe I’m not. Be sure to let me know if a carb-heavy, huge lunch doesn’t make you tired.