How to pack a lunch in five minutes or less
The benefits to packing lunch are huge. Not only does it save tons of money, but you can ensure the ingredients are fresher and of a high quality. Use these tips to pack a great lunch in five minutes or less.
Pre-chop your veggies
Keep your vegetables cleaned, chopped and in serving-size containers in your fridge. Splash a little water in the containers to make sure the vegetables stay fresh for up to a week. When you're packing your lunch, just pull one out and throw it in your lunch box.
Casseroles, pastas, soups and rice dishes are great the next day. Zap them in the microwave until they're hot, and place them in a thermos to stay warm until lunch. It's easy to throw together, and it's always nice to have a hot lunch that's ready to eat.
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Go with no-maintenance fruit
Some produce takes a lot of work before it's dinner-ready. Stick with fruits that come ready-to-eat, like berries, grapes and apples. Toss a serving in a baggie and you're ready to go.
Pre-package your snacks
Keep a bin filled with cookies, crackers and other snacks that are already divided into single serving sizes and placed into baggies. All you need to do when you're packing is grab one and throw it in your lunch box.
Freeze your drink
Shave off precious seconds you spend digging through the freezer for an ice pack (and save space in that lunch pail) by keeping a few frozen waters in your freezer. Use these in your lunch box, and they'll keep everything cold and be thawed by lunch time.
Pack ready-to-eat products
Sometimes, you just don't have time to make everything fresh. It's mornings like these that you'll be glad you have a few ready-made products lying around. Choose items like fruit cups and cheese sticks to put together a tasty lunch in a hurry.
Prep ahead of time! Chop produce and cook proteins on Sunday to have lunches ready for the whole week.