Benefits of Brown-Bagging Lunch
School is back in session, and those with children are probably packing a lot more lunches. Even if you don’t have any children, you can save almost $100 a month just by packing your lunch! If you eat out 3 times a week and spend an average of $12 per lunch, you spend $144 on lunch every month. If you pack your lunch 3 times a week, spending an average of $5 per lunch, you spend $45 on lunch every month. That’s a difference of $99!
Packing your lunch also has other benefits. “Consider this. A Double Whopper® with cheese, large size fry and large size Coke® at Burger King® rings in at almost 2,100 calories and 100 grams of fat. That’s all your calories and more than your share of fat for the day in just one meal! Conversely, a home packed turkey sandwich on wheat bread with baked potato chips and an ice tea totals about 500 calories and about six grams of fat.” (bluehealthadvantage.com) Packing your lunch will typically lead to healthier meals.
Foods that are easy to pack-up for lunch include many varieties of whole foods. Whole foods are defined as “food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.” At the Delray GreenMarket, all we offer are whole foods! Raw fruits and veggies make great additions to any lunch. There are nut-butters, jams, granola, veggie dips and spreads to spice up any meal! You can buy whole grain breads from our bakers, or something sweet for a mid-afternoon treat! The Market offers plenty of options for vegan, paleo, sugar free, and vegetarian diets. The Delray GreenMarket opens October 29th, and is chock full of everything you need to make a wholesome and satisfying lunch to benefit your health and your wallet.