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You know that the recession is hitting everyone when the Financial Times reports on the joys of bringing your lunch to work. This is the business newspaper, similar to the Wall Street Journal, that has a monthly luxury magazine called "How to Spend It" and a regular section called "Wealth." There is a financial and green incentive.
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They reckon that lunch costs £20 a pop and "so over the course of a 200-day working year, one could spend £4,000 ($5,870). Even if you were able to exert a bit more financial discipline and limited yourself to £5, it would still be £1,000." Never mind the over-priced lunches that they eat, it's a valid point. There's a green incentive too: even by bringing yours two or three times a week, instead of every day you can get healthy and save money.
When you consider that a typical takeaway sandwich could have 400-500 calories, not to mention the potato chips and something sweet to finish off, things can can really add up.
The primer on lunches extols the healthy aspects of making your own sandwich--as if we didn't know them--"you should use fairly thin wholemeal bread (pittas are best), load it with salad and then have a relatively large, lean, protein filling (such as tuna, ham or chicken)." It also points out that one never knows what is contained in store-bought sandwiches, not to mention the waiting in long lines to buy them.
Our friends at Hippyshopper are onto this too.
Some yummy sandwich suggestions:
l. Use a Sandwich box: "if you have trouble remembering to bring your tupperware home, ultimately losing it in the office 'tupperware mountain', you might want to find yourself a smart, stylish box you won't want to lose.
Avoid: cling film, disposable food cartons
2. Drink from your own water bottle or flask: Re-usable drinking vessels are the greenest way to go. Avoid: bottled water, cans
3. Bring fruits and veg: Healthy, affordable and packaging-free, you can't beat fruit and veg in your lunch pack. Avoid: plastic-wrapped fruit
4. Love leftovers: Make sure that anything you have left over from last night's supper makes an appearance in today's lunch. Avoid: throwing food away
5. Watch that dessert treat: Choose a Fairtrade chocky bar. We all like a treat to finish off with something sweet, so why not explore some of the tasty, fairly traded chocolate bars that are now readily available? Avoid: mass-produced chocolate, over-packaged treats
6. Make your own bread: Sandwiches made with your own bread are the absolute king of lunches...not only do they taste amazing, the cut down on packages and additives, too. Extra points if you use organic flour! " Financial Times and Hippyshopper
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One Pot Meals
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