Feel Good Friday: Green Your Lunch Routine

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to eat healthy or save money, try bringing your own lunch to work of school.  Making your own delicious meal at home the night before not only guarantees you get to eat what you want (no more questionable casserole) but will also help you from making bad decisions in the lunch line – nutritionally and financially.

Of course, to make lunchtime fabulous, you’ll need a lunchbox that inspires you.  Choose something, bright, colorful, quirky, or subtle and simple.  Whatever you choose, make sure it’s reusable.  An eco-friendly lunch container shows the earth you care, plus the higher quality materials they are often made with help keep your food fresher.  Now that you’re ready to upgrade your lunch routine, you need to pick a pretty lunchbox.  Lucky for you, there are lots of options.  We’re calling it brown bag chic!

Here are our five favorite fun and functional lunch toting options:

1.  Go Vintage.  Dig your old school lunch box out of storage in your parents’ house or find one at a local thrift store.  There are some beautiful and well made lunchboxes from lunchtimes past, like this pretty Miss America one from 1972 we found on Etsy.

2. A Mobile Feast If you love a full lunch with different courses, try a three tiered carrier.  This gorgeous one from Gaiam, created with stainless steel, it’s non-leaching, dishwasher safe, and extra shiny!

3. Glamorous Takeout This pretty piece from black+blum is designed to give you all the luxuries of a take out container.  Designed to sit upright in your bag or crowded office fridge and comes complete with its own fork, so you’ll never be without one again!

4.  Piping Hot For the lover of soups and steamy pastas, the classic Thermos brand has a lightweight, stylish  10 oz jar that keeps food hot for up to five hours.

5. Simple and Stylish.  If you’re the simple type or like to keep everything in its own compartment, reusable sandwich bags from Lunchskins are the way to go.  They come in tons of fun colors and patterns.  You’ll never need a plastic bag again.

How do you carry your lunch to the office?