Because I work in the town centre, I have a McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Domino's Pizza and many, many chicken shops in close proximity on my lunch breaks. This means that often, I unfortunately end up going for the unhealthy option when it comes to lunch, especially if I couldn't be bothered to make lunch for myself at home the night before. This means I waste money and I'm generally just unhealthy.
Lately I've been trying to make the effort to turn this around and especially cut down on my junk food. When my new My Little Pony lunchbox arrived this week (what uppppp, I'm so cool I know), I knew it was time to really crack down on not just eating healthy but saving money too. I've not been so bad lately, choosing to forgo my usual Maccy D's for a healthy option instead, but now I'm going to start making more lunch at home too.
Here are some of my favourite lunch box ideas and, please don't judge as I'm really not a foodie! Most of these seem obvious but if you're a junk food addict like me then maybe this can just be a brief guide for swapping Big Mac's for healthy lunches.
It's not very exciting at all and yes, although I love a delicious Pret A Manger sandwich, sometimes I just like to go back to basics. My absolute favourites are ham and tomatoe (sometimes with salad, sometimes without), cheese and onion, cheese and pickle or simply just a BLT. Simple sandwiches are super easy to make and usually I'll make two the night before when I'm feeling peckish - one for supper and one for my lunch the following day.
DUH. Fruit is generally a must have and you have SO MUCH CHOICE. A banana or an apple is usually my go-to fruit, though usually I have the banana for breakfast on my way to work. Kiwi or a pear is a good choice if you don't want something so typical, and in the summer some melon is gorgeous. Also, if you're bored of fruit, throwing some orange or melon into a yogurt is a cool alternative and can be eaten for like, desert after your sandwich.
If you don't yet subscribe to Graze, I'd suggest at least giving it a go once. It's a monthly subscription box that provides little healthy snacks, most of which are SO DAMN CUTE. I particularly love the little cakes (that are healthy too!) that come with an accompanying teabag so you can try some new tea too. Real cute. They're really cute sized too, so can fit into your lunch box easily.
Crisps, chocolate and biscuits can be super unhealthy but sometimes it's okay to have a bit of a treat. To lessen the damage, I'm really loving Sun Bites crisps at the moment which are real healthy. I also often tend to pick up a flapjack or something, which is a bit of a healthier alternative to chocolate.
If there are ever times you simply can't be bothered, I have found there are two places that do real nice and cheap meal deals and that's Boots & Tesco. Boots have a small but really good for you section and whenever you buy you're always given more money off vouchers so it's so easy to save money this way. Tesco has actually launched a bunch of new meal deal things and I really love it - there's a lot more then just basic salad now, like chicken noodle salad or falafel salad. And they all come with little sauces too. And plastic forks. SO. CUTE.
These are just a few starter ideas for really unhealthy people like me who want to give up the junk food and just eat a bit healthier without jumping into making complicated exotic sandwiches or attempting to create their own brand new style of salad. Sooooo I hope it helps! Let me know what you think with a comment below!