How to save money: Secret to spending $5 on lunches while losing weight
If you regularly buy your lunch, chances are you are used to paying up to $20 each day for your go-to sandwich, salad or sushi feed.
And that is not considering a more gourmet lunchtime meal of your favourite poke bowl,
acai and cacao smoothie or avo smash can add up to almost $30 for a healthy lunchtime meal. Do you really need to spend so much to eat well at work? No you don’t.
You can spend as little as $5 a day if one of your goals in 2019 is to trim both your spending and your waistline. Here are some easy, tasty and cheap lunches that may not look as pretty as a deluxe acai bowl, but the extra cash in your pocket will help you to feel just as good after you have eaten them.
Sure, an avocado is not always the cheapest of ingredients, but even if you spend $3 on a single avo, spoon out the middle and mash with a flavoured tuna and enjoy with a piece of fruit, a couple of crackers or a slice of bread, your lunch will easy clock in at just $5 (or even less when avos are on sale!).
SALMON AND RICE
Tinned salmon contains a lot more omega 3 fat than tuna, so don’t forget it as a great meal addition to sandwiches, salads and rice dishes. One of my favourites is some quick-cook brown rice or quinoa (easily under a couple of dollars teamed with a tin of salmon, chopped salad or frozen vegetables — whatever you have on the house) and a splash of your favourite sauce — think mayo, soy, chilli or oyster. Heated up it is a delicious, cheap lunch with minimal calories.
EGGS ANY WHICH WAY
You may like your eggs scrambled, hard boiled or made into an omelette, but whatever which way you cannot go past eggs when it comes to a quick, easy and healthy lunch choice, especially when many of us already have them at home. Teamed with tomato, capsicum or spinach, a little cheese and a slice of toast, you have the perfect carb, protein and vegie balance at lunchtime.
When was the last time you bought yourself a single potato? At $3.50 a kilo, this means a large potato will set you back less than a dollar — enjoy it heated up and stuffed with baked beans, cottage cheese, shaved meat or tinned fish with some chopped vegies and a little cheese.
Now this menu option will only cost you $5 a serve or less if you enjoy it over multiple days. At just $6 a kilo, you can make turkey mince pasta sauce or meatballs, with a tomato sauce, vegetables and even a little pasta for less than $10, and you will literally have a healthy lunch for 3-4 days of the week.
Susie Burrell is a nutritionist. Follow her on Instagram: @Susiediet
Originally published as Secret to spending $5 on lunches