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Simplifying a Healthy Lunch

For those of us who work outside of our homes, sometimes the morning challenge of putting together something to take to work  for lunch is nearly impossible.  Working mom’s who struggle with making sure their kids get out the door with everything they need often find that they took care of everyone’s needs except for their own.

The kids had a healthy breakfast and left with a nutritious lunch in their hands, but Mom often leaves the house empty handed.  Even the intention of packing a lunch the night before sometimes falls by the wayside while helping kids with homework, and ensuring that everyone is bathed and tucked in for the night.

In my household, I sometimes pack up dinner leftovers into containers that I can then take for an easy lunch that can be reheated in the break room microwave.  This is a good solution,  but what happens when there are no leftovers?

As children turn into teenagers, they begin to eat more.  It’s not uncommon for a growing boy to devour two or three servings of dinner.  No leftovers means no easy fix for lunch.  No easy lunch means either grabbing something from the vending machines, or picking up fast food.  Neither of these options is nutritionally sound, and can have negative consequences in terms of your health if it becomes a habit.

The solution in my house to have a quick and healthy lunch for each day of the week is to put together Salads in a Jar.

I can assemble the salads on Sunday evening.  By preparing all of the salads in one day, I only have to chop vegetables once.  I arrange them in the jar, varying them slightly for variety, and I have a quick lunch solution that I can grab for the next four days, and the salads have never wilted or turned brown before I ate them.

The best part is that because I made the salads myself,  I can ensure that they are made correctly to guarantee that the salad has the perfect nutritional content.

Give Salads in a Jar a try.  You’ll be glad you did.

**Patti can also be found at where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.

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