Your wallet will thank you
As much as I would love to have a ginormous, beautifully prepared, colorful salad every day for lunch – #1 ain’t nobody have time for that and #2 ain’t nobody have money for that. All jokes a side, my day starts around 6:30 with my first alarm. I roll out of bed and manage to drink as much coffee as I can, pull myself together, eat breakfast, and pack my lunch before I have to be out of the door by 7:45. So yes, symmetrical acai bowls and geometric lettuce wraps are out the window.
Oddly enough, I had this Monday off, which was much needed after a super busy weekend in Columbus, so I decided to get my grocery shopping done. Like I said, I have roughly an hour to gather my thoughts, prepare my meals, and get out of the door in the morning. The last thing I want to do is think about what I’m having for lunch so, routine as routine gets, I picked up fresh chicken tenders and some frozen veggies.
I’m going to sound repetitive here but that’s because this is what works. No one can say they’ve gained weight by eating seasoned chicken and vegetables, am I right? When you’re trying to lose weight, debloat from the weekend, or just trying to eat as healthy as possible, there’s no denying the fact that you need some good ol’ lean meats and vegetables. It might not be #instaworthy but your body will love you for it.
I picked up a package of all natural, hormone free, chicken tenders for under five dollars. I got nearly a pound of chicken which will last for roughly 3 meals. Chad and I normally get a case of chicken from our Sam’s Club for roughly $2.30 a pound but because I was there and just needed something for my lunches, I paid around $4.99 a pound.
I stopped by the freezer section and grabbed five bags of these assorted veggies. They were on sale for a dollar each so again, I spent roughly five bucks and had my side for the next five(+) meals. I know what you might be thinking, frozen?? Don’t get me wrong, I love my fresh produce but I also love my frozen. Great for on the go, weekday, single meals.
I wanted to keep this as simple as possible so I just seasoned my chicken with a bit of black pepper and sea salt. Warning: nakie chicken below hehe
Mix it all together and Voila! Not the prettiest, but the healthiest and cheapest lunch that you won’t regret! I’m definitely one to snack, but I was so full after I was done, I couldn’t even think about snacking. The total cost for this weeks lunch(es) is roughly $9.84, and split into 3 or 4 days is roughly $3.28-$2.46! Yay for your wallet!
If you can’t go so plain jane like I did, I love adding a bit of yogurt/healthier dressing to sauce things up a bit. I rave about this Boathouse dressing, they absolutely nailed it on the head with flavor and cutting down on calories and unnecessary junk.
I hope you all enjoyed my budget friendly, healthy lunch idea! Big news coming soon as to why we’re budgeting and what that means for all of you!