Pack a Healthy Lunch for Work Using These Inspiring Resources


It’s lunch hour at work, and you’re getting “hangry.” What’s a health-minded person to do? First step: Avoid the vending machine and fast-food drive thru. Luckily, creative brown bag lunches are not just for kids anymore, and there are plenty of resources to help get you packing.

It’s fairly common knowledge that lunches out at restaurants or purchased in a fast food drive-thru contract the wallet while expanding the waist.

In fact, according to a report in, “Americans on average spend nearly $1,000 annually, or $10 per lunch, and eat out twice per week. That amount is higher for men who outspend their female counterparts by 44%. Men spend on average $21 for lunch, while women hover around $14.”

In addition to the financial cost of eating out for lunch, the health costs could be weighty. Restaurant food is often high in calories, fat and sodium. When you couple large portion sizes with the temptation of the variety of foods found on a menu, total dietary disaster could ensue.pinterest recipes

“Healthy eating is harder than the drive-thru,” says Stephen Compston, RD, LD, CDE, Outpatient Dietary Educator at Renown. “You have to think about what you want to eat, shop for the meal, cook the meal and then enjoy the meal. Without a plan, you can go to the store and buy ingredients that may not add up to a whole meal.”

Luckily, there are many resources available to help you get started in planning healthy, delicious as well as creative brown bag lunches to take to work.

Pack a Healthy Lunch for Work: 3 Great Resources

So, planning out a brown bag lunch takes time and effort but can result in a healthier bank account and trimmer you.

Where do you get ideas to help you pack a healthy lunch for work? What’s your go-to, healthy, packed-at-home work lunch? Let us know in the comments below.