Pack a Lunch Cooler – Eat Healthier, Save Money

The carefree days when we thought nothing of splashing out on lunches every day are over. These days we are looking for ways to save money. We think twice about treating ourselves to expensive treats and look for ways to save in other areas. Insulated cooler bags can be used for just that. By packing your own food, drinks and snacks you will save money and eat healthier.

Lunch bag coolers are ideal for the busy office worker or those who travel on the job. It’s so easy to run out to the closest food court, fast food restaurant or the nearest deli and grab some food but it can get very expensive and, let’s face it we don’t make the healthiest choices.

In this economy, it makes sense to invest in a cooler and pack your own lunch and it’s so much healthier. If you have a lunch cooler bag there is no excuse.

Make it easy by preparing your lunch the night before. Maybe a Lean Cuisine/WW meal, packet of popcorn and a small packet of almonds (for that afternoon snack attack). Add some fresh fruit, yogurt or dried fruit. In the morning, pack up your cooler and head to work. Don’t want processed foods? How about a yummy sandwiches/wrap. Pre-prepared sandwiches can get soggy sometimes so below you will find some tips on the best way to enjoy a healthy, fresh sandwich. Again, this can be prepared the night before.

Tip for a non-soggy sandwich is to pack everything separate. Whole wheat bread in one zip lock. Deli meat or cheese in another. Lettuce and tomato (or veggie of choice) in another bag – (don’t cut the tomato until ready to eat). So when you stop for a break, you can assemble your healthy sandwich – it will only take a minute and taste delicious and fresh! Ziplocks can be washed and re-used every day.

Remember to bring paper napkins and a knife (for the tomato and to spread mustard). Some lunch boxes come with utensils. They also have a napkin and the cutest little salt and pepper shakers. Don’t forget your beverage. Water is always the best choice!

How about a Backpack Cooler combo? These bags are sporty and sleek with a large dry storage section and an insulated section on the bottom (ideal for lunch). This backpack is ideal for those on the go. If you have a lot of books or files to carry, this cooler backpack combo is ideal! The collapsible cooler bags are a favorite with those that travel throughout the day. There are many sizes and shapes to choose from.

On your lunch break, walking away from your desk is always best. It gives you a chance to breathe and really take a break. Find a nice location outside. Maybe a park bench or even a mall close to the office. Somewhere you can relax and enjoy your healthy lunch. Again, preparing your lunch the night before will make it a lot easier for you in the morning to pack your cooler. You’ll save money and improve your health!

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