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Woman taking a working lunch with a sandwich

I picked up a copy of Parade Magazine (What America Eats 8-9-15) recently and read an article on how America eats lunch.  There were a couple of ‘Ah ha’ moments but most of what I read I had already come to know: most American adults eat lunch solo.

We are busy, and taking a lunch break looks more like checking emails and social media or simply working through lunch while nibbling on food from home.  While fast food restaurants and food trucks are pretty popular, people still tend to brown bag leftovers or snacky type foods like fruit, crackers, nuts and veggie sticks. It’s affordable, convenient and it removes the time spent hunting down something to eat away from the office.

Snacky foods for lunch in a container

Snacky foods are a popular choice for something quick at lunch.

Lunch hour has been replaced with eating on the go

Whether it’s the healthiest choice or not, most people just tend to grab something when they are hungry and eat at their desk, in front of a computer or while on a mobile device.  The challenge is finding foods that are healthy choices and quick to grab ‘n’ go out the door. Surprisingly, peanut butter is still a popular food at lunch time. Here are a few of our favorite peanut butter “meals”:

Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwich

Peanut butter and banana on rice cakes or bread.

Organic apples slices with peanut butter

Apples and peanut butter are a favorite quick food for snacking or lunch.

Peanut butter and jelly wrap

Peanut butter and jelly wrap…why not?

Singling out quick and convenient

We don’t just choose to eat solo, we also want to eat better.  We want our food fast and suitably prepared for one. Food trucks and fast food establishments know this, so they have come up with apps for pre-ordering and with food prepped and ready to dish out within a few minutes.  However, eating out can get expensive and isn’t always easy on the calories, so many people will choose to eat leftovers or bring foods that are quickly constructed at work. Here are a few of our favorites:

Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

A Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap is easily assembled at work: one tortilla wrap + Caesar salad in a bag + chopped rotisserie chicken.

6 Ingredient Pasta Salad served cold

A quick and easy 6 Ingredient Cold Pasta Salad is a great choice for a grab ‘n’ go lunch.

Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

Soups are great choices for a quick meal on the run. This Lentil Stew is prepared in a slow cooker and can be heated and stored in a thermos for a convenient meal any time.

So, whether you are into leftovers or snack foods, there are all kinds of ways to grab ‘n’ go with healthy, tasty meals that are convenient and more cost effective than take out.  We offer many quick and simple recipes for one, or batch-cooked dishes that are fast to prep and provide the convenience of meals now or later.

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