So you’re stashing your cash for something special, or simply wanting to invest in a solid future with a steady savings account. Either way, one of the simplest ways to save money is not eating out. I know it may not be the most fun and when you’re feeling lazy or rushing through the morning the last thing you want to think about is preparing something. However, if you set aside a bit of time a couple of nights per week to prepare a few things it will pay off – meaning pay you. Here are some healthy and easy ideas for meals or snacks you can take on the go.
#1 Hard Boiled Eggs
Things you can do with these includes using them as simple snack items (all you need is a bit of salt, pepper and/or curry to flavor them) or you can even create a sandwich. Simply slice it onto some toast with some low-calorie mayo, add sliced tomato, fresh basil and perhaps a slice of provolone. Voila! A delicious, protein-packed sandwich.
#2 Apples or Celery With Peanut Butter
Who says PB is just for kids? I like to buy the organic one from Trader Joe’s that has no hydrogenated oils in it. I love granny smith-style apples topped with this delicious spread.
When time’s short in the mornings, this is my go-to breakfast. I buy the instant kind (the flavored ones are my favorite) and stash a few packets in my handbag.
Soybeans are jam-packed with protein and vitamins. I buy a large box from Costco (frozen isle), which contains individual (and microwavable!) bags. Simply pop in the microwave and they come out steaming and delicious. I like to let them cool just a little, then I add some salt for flavor. I also drink a huge glass of water with this. Delish!
#5 Hummus and Pita Bread
I love hummus! I can’t say it enough. Garbanzo beans (also called ‘chickpeas’, the main ingredient in this yummy spread) are very healthy. You can buy pita bread regular or whole grain. If you are vegan, hummus is a great snack!
#6 Rice Topped With Veggies
The evening before, steam vegetables (I recommend brocolli, carrots, peas, beans, potatoes- the more the better!) and make some brown rice. All you need to do is pack it into a travel-friendly container and top with some health-butter spread. It’s so palatable and the whole grain gives you a healthy dose of fiber.
My favorite soup to bring to work is the Squash soup from Trader Joe’s. It comes in a nice carton container which has over 3 servings worth! You can add some veggies if you’re feeling adventurous. This soup is wonderful and contains loads of vitamins including vitamin A and Beta Carotene.
#8 Berries in Yogurt
A combo made in heaven is lemon yogurt topped with blueberries and strawberries. You can add granola if you’re feeling hungrier or wish to add some crunch.
#9 Chicken Breast
This is a lean, wonderful protein to bring on the go. You can bake them very simply with olive oil, salt and pepper or dip them in a batter of whisked eggs and then into bread crumbs. You can buy a big bag at the grocery store and make a bunch of them for the week on the weekend and keep them in the fridge for easy access.
Other ways you can cut costs is bringing your own coffee to work. Buy a nice, stylish thermos cup to stay motivated. If you like flavored lattes, you can always add flavored powders or syrups to spice things up. Try some of these food ideas and see if you can stick to a ‘no eating out’ rule. Did you know if you stay disciplined, you could be saving over a thousand dollars per year? That’s right, eating out often (even just lunches during the work week) add up over time to a huge lump of cash.