Making lunches in bulk often results in having the same thing for lunch all week. That's a good diet tip to control your appetite, but can wear out your palate by Friday, leading to a splurge at a vending machine. Or (gasp!) eating out to break the monotony.
We need balance between the efficiency of making lunches in bulk and our desire for variety. Otherwise, we'll end up with the brown bag blues, the thrill of the money saved by brown bagging it overwhelmed by every boring bite of your sandwich or salad.
Here are a few tips for preventing the brown bag blues.
Pick any 5 for variety without altering your ingredients.
Have an emergency stash in your desk consisting of pop-top canned pasta or soup and a Tupperware container. If you have forgotten your lunch, you still get to brown bag. This also works well as an emergency dinner if you end up having to work late.
I hope these ideas help keep the brown bag blues away at your brown bag luncheon.
Tamara Wilhite is the author of Humanity's Edge, available on amazon.com.
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