- Eat lunch at work, but don't be a jerk.
We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.
So, you decided to join our Healthy Eats initiative and brown-bag it for the entire month of September. What’s next? Avoid interoffice lunch drama by following our do and don’t etiquette tips:
DON’T wolf down your food: Food was meant to be consciously and meaningfully enjoyed, not shoved down your throat while you’re doing five other things. “Take a deep breath,” says Amy Ogden, publicist and business etiquette expert. “You brought your lunch, and that’s fine, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat it while you pound out an Excel report.” Even if it’s just 10 minutes, take a second to reset and not stare at your computer screen while you eat. “Not to mention, people can tell when you have food in your mouth, so don’t conduct business with your piehole stuffed,” Ogden adds.
DO give others space: If you see someone eating lunch don’t interrupt until they’re finished. “If you have an urgent question, respect the fact that they’re taking a moment to decompress,” Ogden says. Read more »
Ellie Krieger’s Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad, part of a well-balanced lunch.
To get you off to the right start with our September Brown-Bag Challenge, we’ve put together a one-week menu of quick, tasty and nutritious lunches. To make things even easier, pre-plan your meals, make a shopping list and have all ingredients ready-to-go. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday: Tuna Pockets
- Stuff tuna salad into a large whole wheat pita
- 1 medium banana
- Sparkling water
Tuesday: Pasta Salad
- A full month of home-packed lunches -- can you do it?
It’s back-to-school season, a time for parents, teachers and others who work in schools to say goodbye to summer and hello to the task of filling up that lunch box. And for those of us that aren’t going back to school, it’s a good time of year to get back into gear after a long, lazy summer and get into the habit of packing a lunch each day.
Brown-bag lunches have countless health and economical benefits. By packing your own lunch and snacks, you have control over ingredients and portions, making it easier to keep your diet in check. Brown-bagging it also saves money — restaurant and fast-food lunches can run up to $15 per day; imagine saving that money instead.
But planning lunches can be difficult. With all of the other responsibilities at home and at work, and 2 other meals a day to plan out, grabbing lunch on-the-go is often the easiest option. Difficult doesn’t mean impossible, though, and we love a challenge. So for the month of September, we’re challenging ourselves and our readers to eat a home-packed lunch each day of the workweek. Care to join us? We can do this together.
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