Some people think nothing of breaking up the drudgery of a long work day with a restaurant lunch that can cost anywhere from $10 to $20. While this does not seem like much of an expense in the short term, it really adds up over the course of a year. Even just two $10 lunches per week equal nearly $1,000 per a calendar year! Of course, things don’t have to be expensive if you use coupons from Discountrue, but it’s still worth paying attention to your expenses.
With these tips, you can prepare lunches that are delicious and healthy, without breaking your budget.
Turkey Boursin Wrap
Instead of heading to the deli for an expensive version of the same meal, make your own turkey wrap at home. You can easily find lean, filling turkey that is packed with useful proteins and also use tomatoes, which are rich in antioxidants, and carrots, that provide a full day’s supply of Vitamin A. For a side, don’t reach for the fries but grab some blueberries or raspberries to keep your meal high in nutrients.
While some may shudder at the thought of putting down their burrito or cheeseburger to enjoy a salad, a salmon salad (preferably topped with dill vinaigrette) proves to be a nutritious, tasty lunching option that offers plenty of protein, good fats and Omega 3’s. Tack on some cucumbers and peppers for additional flavor. The cucumbers contain compounds that are great for your complexion and the peppers are rich in valuable antioxidants and fibers!
Pasta With Shrimp
Pasta is not always considered to be the healthiest of meals, but with this recipe you can enjoy this all-time favorite without worrying about your waistline or wallet. Adding shrimp provides low fat protein, and some extra tomatoes increase the level of antioxidants. Olives, capers and Feta cheese give the dish a Mediterranean accent, while remaining under the all important 500 calorie threshold. Don’t shy away from garlic, as it has immunity boosting properties – just make sure to grab a Tic Tac before the afternoon meetings!
Chicken Sandwich With Mango
To create this sandwich, simply grab some roasted chicken from your local deli, some mango from a trusted fruit stand, red onions and Hoisin sauce, if you feel so inclined. Mango gives the sandwich a sweet taste, while also providing iron. Red onions are a great choice for the cholesterol conscious eater. However, this sandwich is rather light on the vegetables, so it may be a good idea to fix yourself a side salad and make sure you are still getting plenty of greens.
Leftovers give you a chance to save money by eating food that has already been prepared at home, while also ensuring that your portions remain well under control. Knowing exactly what your lunch contains helps you to stay healthy, since you are you only bringing in food that is rich in vitamins and nutrients!