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May 25th is National Brown Bag Day!

Every year in the US, on May 25th, we take the time to observe the National Brown Bag Day.  This is a day where it is encouraged for people to pack their lunch for school or work.

Did you know…

  • in 2015, the average cost of eating out for lunch was approximately $11.15 per day.
  • eating out twice per week costs an average of $1,160/year
  • in the spring of 2017, 50.45 million people ate at fast-food restaurants 10 or more times per month.

With these kinds of statistics, it’s not a surprise that families are short on cash and gaining weight.  It seems like less and less people are enjoying the time they spend in the kitchen and it’s becoming easier and easier not to cook.  Meal delivery companies are on the rise and the average family will spend more than 43% of their food budget on eating out.

 

What’s The Issue With Eating Out?  

Let’s start by saying that we understand the need to simplify your life.  Eating out, although easier, is usually a sure way to sabotage your health.  Meals from fast-food and eat-in restaurants are usually higher in calories, unhealthy fats and have an abundance of sodium.  The portion sizes are twice what you need and many meals equal your day’s worth of calories in one sitting.

Take these for example:

  • McDonald’s Big Mac and large fries = 1,296 calories (23% more than posted in their nutrition facts according to a study done at Columbia University)
  • Chipotle’s Chicken Burrito = 1670 calories and over 60g of fat
  • Pizza Hut personal pepperoni pizza = 865 calories
  • Even a Subway 6” sandwich has approx 400 calories if you eat it with no sauce, no cheese and no olives.  Add the side of chips or cookies and your marketed “healthy” alternative is now over 800 calories; about half of your daily caloric requirements.

With National Brown Bag Day, you can take the opportunity to pack your own lunch.  Making your meals at home not only cuts your food costs in half but it also puts you in control of what’s going into your body.  You can choose healthy alternatives to processed and salty foods.

At Low Fat Low Carb, we take the time to create simple recipes that are quick to make and easy to pack.  Need some ideas? Here are four great recipes that you can make tonight to bring to work or school tomorrow.  And remember, if you aren’t a fan of cooking, make more than you need. Leftovers are always appreciated when you’re short on time.

Lemon Shrimp and Tomato Zoodles

We love zucchini noodles!  This recipe is easy to prepare and tastes so fresh that you’ll feel lighter the moment you take the first bite.

Avocado and Egg Salad

Avocado and eggs are a perfect match in this simple recipe.  Avocados have been shown to support your immune system and eggs protect your brain. You can eat this salad in confidence that you are doing something good for your body.  Also note that this salad will last a couple of days in the fridge, making it a versatile side or main dish.

Indonesian Chicken Satay 

These chicken skewers are great on their own or paired with a simple green salad.  Get creative and add them to your various side dishes to boost your protein content.

Summer Salad Rolls

These rolls are really something to love.  As you get familiar with using rice paper and different ingredients, you’ll see the variety and creativity that is possible with these gluten-free rolls.  Change up the veggies and add different herbs to modify this already tasty summer lunch option.

 

We encourage you to take the time to get creative in your kitchen.  Creativity is a key component to feeling healthy and nourished. What’s more, you’ll be boosting your health by controlling the quality and variety of foods in your diet.  Your body will thank you.

Use #BrownBagItDay to post on social media and tag us when you try any of these awesome recipes.

 

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus16.pdf#053

https://www.statista.com/statistics/231084/people-who-visited-a-fast-food-restaurant-10-or-more-times-within-the-last-30-days-usa/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/481129/eating-out-lunch-cost-us/

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-many-calories-are-in-fast-food-meals-2016-5#mcdonalds-big-mac-23-more-calories-than-posted-6

 


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