Lunch Ideas

Taking a packed lunch to work is a healthier option, rather than eating food from the staff canteen or buying food from a shop/café. Making your own lunch means that you have complete control over what foods are in the lunch and can ensure that the ingredients are low fat (for example the spread or the sandwich filling). You'll also save money.

You will need to make time to prepare the packed lunch, some people find it easier to make their lunch the night before and store it in the fridge.

Lunch on the go

From time to time you may need to buy your lunch from a supermarket or shop, for example a ready made sandwich or a salad bowl. There are a huge variety of sandwiches available, which makes it difficult to know what to buy. Below are some suggestions which will help you choose a healthier option.

  • Choose sandwiches from the supermarkets/food manufacturers healthy eating range
  • Avoid the larger packs (those which offer 3 sandwich triangles rather than 2)
  • Look for less than 280 kcal and 6g fat per sandwich pack
  • Avoid sandwiches with mayonnaise/salad dressings
  • Choose sandwiches with contain salad/vegetables - such as Chicken salad sandwich, Ham salad sandwich. This adds bulk to the sandwich and will fill you up
  • Watch out for the salads/salad bowls, they may seem a healthier option but some contain very high amounts of fat. When choosing a salad bowl look for less 280 kcal and 6g fat per pack
  • Avoid the temptation of picking up a packet of crisps or chocolate bar. Many shops now sell fresh fruit, fruit salads and dried fruit, so choose these instead.