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Ditch Processed Foods: A Healthier Lunchbox Guide

Are you tired of feeling sluggish and unsatisfied after lunch? It's easy to fall into the trap of convenience foods, but the toll they take on our health and well-being is undeniable. Processed foods dominate our diets today, wreaking havoc on our health and the environment and it really goes without saying that taking back control of what we eat is vital for our health… and that of the planet.

Processed foods, laden with additives, preservatives, and refined sugars, offer little in terms of nutrition and damage our bodies over time. From weight gain and fatigue to an increased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, the dangers of processed foods are well-documented. They also contribute significantly to excess packaging waste, much of which ends up polluting our environment.

So here at Moonmoon, this is what we recommend!

Plan Your Meals Ahead

You've had a hectic morning at work, and suddenly it's lunchtime. Instead of scrambling to find something to eat, picture opening your lunchbox to find a delicious, homemade meal waiting for you. By planning your meals ahead, you can ensure that you always have nutritious options on hand, making it easier to resist the temptation of processed snacks. Plus, meal planning will save you time and money in the long run.  Ideas could include fresh salads with homemade dressing (our sauce pots are perfect for this) or homemade soup (batch cooked soup can be transported straight to work in our silicone bags).

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Choose Whole, Nutrient-Rich Foods

It's remarkable how quickly positive changes can occur when we prioritise real, wholesome ingredients in our meals. Replace those empty calories in place of nutrient-packed goodness. Think fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains - the building blocks of a healthy, satisfying lunch. How about trying a DIY sushi roll? Fill nori sheets with nutrient-rich avocado, cucumber, and smoked salmon or tofu. Roll it up, slice into bite-sized pieces, and pack in your lunch box along with some edamame for a tasty and satisfying lunch that's as fun to make as it is to eat.


Get Creative with Homemade Snacks

Healthy eating does not have to mean bland and boring food. Nor does it mean hours of preparation. Be creative…homemade granola bars, chia seed pudding cups, or a Greek yoghurt with honey, the possibilities are endless. Not only are homemade snacks healthier than their store-bought counterparts, but they're also a fun and easy way to get the whole family involved in meal preparation.


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Batch Cooking for Convenience

This is a no-brainer for those who enjoy cooking. Picture this; it’s Sunday afternoon and you are whipping up big batches of your favourite meals. By batch cooking, you free up a lot of time during the busy workweek and ensure that you always have nutritious, homemade meals ready to go. Simply portion out your meals into leakproof freezer-friendly, microwavable containers (check out our moonmoon silicone bags) and you'll have grab-and-go options at your fingertips. Plus, batch cooking allows you to experiment with new recipes and flavours, making lunchtime something to truly relish.


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Invest in Leak-proof, Smell-proof Containers

Processed foods typically come in their own air-tight plastic packaging. To get the same benefit and avoid any unfortunate spills or smells permeating around the office, get yourself a good quality leakproof container. Moonmoon's stainless steel lunchboxes are leakproof and smellproof, giving you the peace of mind to store even the sauciest of meals fresh and secure, until you are ready to dive in.


These food prep ideas will mean healthier choices and a greatly reduced reliance on unhealthy, wasteful processed foods. By prioritising whole, nutrient-rich foods and investing in reusable, high quality lunchware, you can enjoy healthier, more satisfying meals that nourish your body without harming the planet. If you haven’t already done so, why not give some of these tips a go? Have a look at our moonmoon range of silicone bags and lunchboxes for lovers of good food - designed to help you live well and waste less.

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