How to Easily and Sustainably Prep Healthy, On-The-Go Lunches

Summer vacations have come to their natural end and it’s the season for finding and refining our routines. If you work outside the home and are reliant on restaurants and to-go options, your diet (and wallet) will take a major hit. The easiest way to ensure consistency with your dietary and/or nutritional needs is to prepare your own food, or at least shop prepared foods from trustworthy sources. When your to-do list spilleth over, prepping lunch can feel like yet another job, especially when you try to go about it in a low-waste, healthy, conscious way. If you already shop at Rebecca’s, it’s likely you already fall into one or all of these categories as a consumer. There are many ways to streamline lunch prep with healthy lunch ideas and tips, be them keto, gluten-free, etc. It’s also possible to do so sustainably. Prepare yourself so you can prepare your best lunch with these healthy on-the-go lunch ideas.

A few tips for sustainable lunch prep include opting for a reusable lunchbox, recyclable plastic bags for your lunch, packing reusable cutlery and cloth napkins, and more. 

In addition to packing as sustainably as possible, you may want to break up lunch boredom without sacrificing your dietary plan. In terms of meal prep for specific dietary needs, we also have you covered. We’ve written before about several keto-friendly lunch ideas; check them out here. In addition, we’ve assembled some ideas before for school and office snacks, beverages, and other lunch options to make lunchtime easier; check those out here.

If fall overwhelm is keeping you from packing healthy, sustainable lunches, fear not. Below are tips and trips to help you pack to-go lunches that are healthy, creative, sustainable, and easy.

Invest in a sustainable lunchbox

We love Planetbox Stainless Steel Lunchboxes. These come in several varieties, and we have Shuttle Box, Rover, and covers to give yours a personalized look. These smart lunch boxes have compartments to keep your lunch items separate and organized. Dishwasher safe (!) and plastic-free, you’d be hard-pressed to find an easier yet more environmentally friendly option! 

Reusable, lightweight cutlery:

We love ToGo Ware bamboo cutlery. This eco-friendly reusable cutlery is perfect for lunchboxes. Keeping these on hand will help you to be prepared so you can enjoy your worktime lunches on the go. 

Healthy drinks to go:

Feel refreshed and renewed on the job (or while carpooling, studying, between teaching yoga classes, etc), with Temple Turmeric Sparkling Mate. This comes in three delicious flavors: Blood Orange, Holy Basil-Tulsi and Watermelon. Mate is a South American herb that contains an energy-providing, caffeine-like substance that is modified by vitamins and amino acids in the herb. It doesn’t cause jitteriness or a “crash” like most coffee. It also contains Turmeric for its anti-inflammatory benefits.

Try Daytrip Sparkling Hemp Water for some midday calm and refreshment. Our best seller is Lemon Lime! These are refreshing, and a great alternative to caffeinated beverages. 

Healthy instant coffees:

Speaking of caffeine, we understand that coffee is essential for many of us. If your workplace coffee tastes like, well, sludge, we have you covered. We carry several coffees that are an excellent alternative, and easy to take to-go. Try cold brew coffees in cans, in the cooler, or grab and go from: Snowing in Space Nom Nom, Big Blue, Black Hand Nitro, Trager Brothers Nitro, Greenberry’s Salted Caramel, Maple, Organic Plain, Cultivo Straight Black (and one with Organic Grass Fed half and half).

Make sandwiches that won’t ruin your diet:

We carry a variety of gluten-free bread and buns. Update a kid-friendly PP & J with Unbun Baguettes, buns, and/or vegan buns. These are also Keto friendly.

Pack fruits and veggies: 

Pre-packaged snacks are always tempting and everyone, especially kids, tend to love them. When possible, reach for whole foods. Bananas are one of the easiest foods to take to go, and apple season is just around the corner! Get your family into the habit of eating whole by packing fruits and veggies in their lunchboxes.

Fight lunch boredom with these healthy bento box lunches:

A bento box is an excellent way to keep your lunch items separate and reduce single-use plastics. Click here for many healthy, creative recipe ideas, including sweet potato burgers and Thai Salmon Skewer with Coconut Rice.

Keto-friendly roll-ups with meats and cheeses:

These are excellent alternatives to sandwiches. Click here for a recipe to try on your own!

Come see as at Rebecca’s Natural Food to discuss any dietary needs, we’re happy to point you in the right direction on any products, healthy lunch ideas, and more.