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Healthy Food To Go

by ScottG. on February 6, 2013

Who would've thought the boy scout motto from my youth - "Be Prepared" - would ever apply to healthy eating? As it turns out, being prepared when you get hungry is one of your best weapons for preventing poor food choices or getting stuck at a drive thru window at lunch.

For most of us, the work week gets hectic. Sometimes I'm so swamped at work or rushed in the morning that the last thing on my mind is food. Then when lunch time hits, I'm at the mercy of the nearest drive thru or whatever I can find quickly. While fast food occasionally is OK, for me when it started to become a weekly thing - I wasn't so OK with it. So, recently, I've reverted back to some older habits = cooking in batches.

I used to do this all the time when I lived alone. I'd cook the same amount that you'd cook for a family but then I'd portion it out right away into smaller portions. I'd leave these in the fridge for lunches or dinners when I didn't have time or didn't feel like cooking. If I wasn't going to eat everything within the week, I'd throw it in the freezer in small, easy to grab portions.

Place the portion you want in a small plastic container. In my image to the right, the portion is 2 cups. Rather than putting the lid on the container, press a piece of plastic wrap right on top of the food to eliminate air and help prevent freezer burn. Make sure the piece of plastic wrap is large enough to cover the whole "meal" when it comes out of the container - again to keep air away and prevent freezer burn. Place these containers in the freezer over night.

Once they're frozen, take them out of the freezer and leave them on counter to thaw slightly. You only want it to thaw enough so that it'll pop out of the container. When they're out of the container, wrap all sides with plastic wrap and keep them in a zip lock bag in the freezer.

The night before work, pull out a meal, place it back in the container you froze it in and let it thaw in the refrigerator over night. You can also grab one when you're rushing out the door in the morning and it'll be thawed enough to heat and eat at lunch.

Not only will you have a healthier lunch, you'll also save money and control your portions!