With the new year well underway now, it’s not just parents but also office workers who have set New Year’s resolutions for packing their lunch for work.
But if you want to make sure your midday meal keeps you full until dinner, then you need to ensure you include the correct nutrients and a good balance of flavours.
Sydney-based teacher and ‘meal prep queen’recently shared how you can pack the perfect adult lunchbox – and her tips for navigating the supermarket to make sure you pick out the best ingredients.
Sydney-based teacher nitrate and viagra ‘meal prep queen’ Katie Lolas recently shared how you can pack the perfect adult lunchbox (her lunches for the week pictured)
If you want a nutritious and well-balanced lunch, Katie (pictured) said you should always start your supermarket shop in the fruit and veg section – where you pick up the bulk of your shop
Tip one: Start with fresh produce
If you want a nutritious and well-balanced lunch, Katie said you should always start your supermarket shop in the fruit and veg section.
‘Chances are, the fruit and veg section of your local supermarket is rammed full of pre-prepped options, such as mixed salads, chopped veggies in a roasting tin prepped and ready for the oven, zucchini noodles, microwavable greens and much more,’ Katie posted on Instagram.
If you invest in just a few of these, you shouldn’t have to do too much in the way of prep once you get home.
Katie recommends you shop seasonally to get the best deals – and keep an eye out for sales and promotions where you might score a good deal.
Right now, you want to be looking out for apples, bananas, berries, passionfruit, peaches, pears, avocados, capsicum, celery, onions, peas and lettuce – all of which should be reasonable in price at the moment.
Secondly in your shop, Katie (pictured) said you should hit up the deli section – where you can find cheap roast chickens that go a long way towards helping you to prepare a decent meal
Katie prepares lunches every Sunday afternoon and spends between one and two hours doing so; she prepares lunches for Monday to Thursday and allows herself to buy lunch on Friday
Tip two: Remember the deli is your friend
Secondly in your shop, Katie said you should hit up the deli section – where you can find cheap roast chickens that go a long way towards helping you to prepare a decent meal.
‘The humble roast chook has been a staple at every Aussie gathering since the dawn of time, but not only that, it is a godsend when it comes to getting bang for your buck and minimising your meal prep time,’ Katie said.
A barbecue chicken will typically set you back between $8 and $12 in the supermarket – and Katie said this can generate between three and five cups of chicken for you to use in soups, sandwiches, salads, tacos and wraps.
Katie also recommends the butcher section of the supermarket – where you can find all sorts of deals – and get the exact cut of meat that you want
Tip three: Head to the butcher