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Lunch Bunch

thumb_I_LOVE_LUNCHFor some reason, when I think of work on Sundays, my thoughts often drift to food. I love food! But sometimes I’m not inspired to brown bag it, and I end up spending way more than someone on a smallish nonprofit salary should. The strange part is that there is so much great stuff out there that is easy to pack, and can keep me well-nourished and at my best at work as well.

Why eat lunch? You, as a development worker, should be a well-oiled, relationship-building, fundraising, donor-thanking, data-riffic machine. What you put in your body, and when, has a lot to do with it. Though I have to motivate myself to eat healthy on occasion, I always find that I feel better when I eat healthy, small meals or snacks and drink lots of water.

My best lunches have usually included a few (or more) of the following:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Something salty
  • Something sweet
  • Whole grains (rice, quinoa, wheat bread)
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruits

I’m not really a homemade lettuce salad person (they always look better in the recipe photo than on my plate), but I do love bean and pasta salads. I also like to pack leftovers from dinner for lunch.

That said, I am not the most imaginative about lunch, and sometimes it gets boring. So here are some bright ideas for great workaday lunches:

What’s your favorite workplace lunch?