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Office Lunches Your Co-Workers Will Envy

Kiss boring sandwiches and overpriced food goodbye. It’s time to upgrade your lunch!

We chatted up Judy Zander, the talented gal who designs all of Rachael’s food transport totes and bags – including some handy lunch bags – to get some insights on packing the perfect office lunch.

Her No. 1 reason for packing your own lunch is the very real savings on your budget. While it might be hard to move the needle in other areas, bringing your own lunch really makes a difference if you want to save some cash. 

And she’s right: According to Forbes, the average American spends $10 on lunch twice a week, and more than $900 on this midday meal over a year. Yikes!

For those of us with longer commutes, Judy especially recommends this tip: “Freeze your water or juice bottle – nothing carbonated – and that will act as your ice pack.”  She also recommends packing healthy snacks like fresh fruit (“If you bring it, you’ll eat it!”), and always use an insulated tote to keep your food safe. 

For extraordinary lunches, keep these in mind, too:

  • Make packing your lunch easier by doing simple prep the night before or at the start of your work week. Grill chicken or fish and keep it in the fridge, slice and dice veggies to add in, and keep lots of healthy sauces and dips on-hand to customize flavors in a snap.
  • Pack your lunch the night before. You will never regret it!
  • Make food that you’d want to go out to eat anyways. Sandwiches are great, but hearty burritos, beautiful salads, and noodle bowls are even better! Try:

Frito Pie Burritos

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Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Dressing

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Pork Ramen Bowls

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Guacamole Deviled Egg Salad BLTs

Honey Mustard Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers

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Everything Cream Cheese BLTs on Everything Bagels

Bow Ties with Zucchini and Hot Chili Pepper Pesto

Cobbwich

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Vegetarian Seven Layer Burritos

Pilaf with Spinach and Garlic

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