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For 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)
- 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:
- The Brown Bag Brigade: Your One-Stop-Shop for Work Lunch Ideas
- 20 Vegan Lunches You Can Take to Work
- Brown-Baggin’ It: The Paleo Lunch Post
- Easy Ways to Have a Healthy Office Lunch
- Quick, Unique, Budget-Friendly Lunch Options
What’s your favorite workplace lunch?