First, actually creating a meal plan - even if I don't follow it to the letter. Jotting down a week's worth of dinners before I head to the grocery store helps me plan my shopping and make sure I don't waste any food I've already got at home. Plus, I KNOW there will be food to make because I have it planned out. Granted, there are very few weeks when I actually follow the meal plan exactly, but it definitely keeps me from binge shopping and ending up with way too much food.
When it comes to lunch preparation, it gets a bit trickier. My husband and I both commute to work, so I prepare a bagged lunch. I try to stay away from grains or other carbohydrates, especially at lunch, since they slow down our functionality and increase our sleepiness. So salads it is. Now, that may sound boring . . . but you haven't seen my salads. And my salads are "boring" . . . I'm not too adventurous. But salads in my house typically include a combination of chicken and bacon, dressing, tomatoes, boiled eggs, walnuts, dried blueberries or apples, carrots, and more - all served over a bed of lettuce, of course. For more salad ideas, I suggest browsing Pinterest. That website has been a lifesaver when it comes to meal planning - both on a budget and with dietary restrictions.
|I <3 how easy these tools make lunch preparation.|
I have to admit that there are days when I really don't want to make lunch. Or evenings when I really don't want to wash the dishes. But then I remember the joy that comes from fulfilling duties even in the midst of distaste. (Or my amazing husband offers to chip in and help.) Regardless, I believe any job gets easier if you have the right tools - and for me, the lunchbox and thermal tote are just the tools I need to prepare lunch every day.