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Lunch is the hardest meal of the day for me. It always has been. I remember when I worked in an office it was difficult for me to figure out what I wanted to take along and usually decided on frozen convenience meals. Now that I work from home I still turn to those frozen convenience meals because they are convenient and tasty. Not to mention the variety I can get. LEAN CUISINE® has become my go to brand for these meals. I love the variety and I don’t think I’ve ever found a flavor I didn’t like.
Lunch time menu fatigue is a real thing for me. It’s a challenge I wanted to work on since skipping lunch isn’t an option for me and I don’t want to feel dread thinking about lunch. Doing the same thing over and over for lunch is where I’ve become burned out on the same old stuff. If you suffer from lunch menu fatigue too I have a list of ways to spruce up your lunch break.
How to Overcome Lunch Menu Fatigue.
- Get fancy. Sometimes if you don’t have a lot of wiggle room to change up the actual menu, you can change up the atmosphere for how you eat. Doing something elaborate isn’t required. You can do something simple like pairing LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Thai – Style Ginger Beef with using chopsticks as your utensil and packing along a fortune cookie for fun. Sometimes those little embellishments on your meal can make all the difference.
- Get active. Working in a sedentary environment the majority of my working life made it too easy for me to forget the power of exercise. In this case I’m talking about how sometimes getting the blood moving, getting some fresh air on a walk, can help work up an appetite. Even if I was already hungry, if I take a few minutes to exercise before lunch I’m less picky about what I eat and can enjoy those routine lunches more than usual.
- Get mental food. Read a book, write a novel, do some puzzle books. Get your brain out of the daily work fog and onto a different level of thought processes. This is a great way to give your lunch break a breath of fresh air as well as change from the mundane. By giving your brain a different focus for a little while it won’t be quite so upset if you’re lunch is the same thing you had last night for dinner.
- Get variety. I mentioned earlier that Lean Cuisine is my go to brand when it comes to picking up meals for lunch. Variety plays a huge role in this. They have a little something for everyone when it comes to flavor and even in the ingredients they use. You’ll find meals that have organic ingredient options, some that have gluten-free options, and don’t forget protein-packed options. In addition to all of these ingredient options, the flavor options are fantastic! Keep your eyes open for their four limited edition flavors: LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale, LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Thai – Style Ginger Beef, LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Chicken Tikka Masala and LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Southwest – Style Potato Bake.
- Get garnish. It’s amazing how just a little pop of color can bring new life to an everyday staple. I love garnishing with fresh herbs, citrus fruit, and even some of the less common methods. For example, have you ever heard of a Buddha’s Hand? It’s this fancy looking fruit that I’d always seen in the produce aisle but never tried. Honestly, I had no idea how to try it. My local grocery store was doing fresh fruit samples and they had Buddha’s Hand out to try. It has a lemony flavor and you can grate a little on top of foods. It makes for a perfect garnish!
- Get a bowl. That’s right, take your meal out of the the plastic container you brought it in, or in the case of Lean Cuisine, take it out of the dish it was cooked in and plate it. Serve it on a nice plate or bowl. Suddenly it looks like a home cooked meal, and for me, the Lean Cuisine Marketplace Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale tasted like something I’d get at a local restaurant. I will be getting this flavor again!
I hope these ideas help you beat any menu fatigue you might be facing. These ideas have given me a little something different to do throughout the week with my lunches, giving me more variety in more areas than just my plate. Though remember, if you’re looking for variety to overcome menu fatigue make sure you check out Lean Cuisine and their new limited edition flavors.
Pick up your favorite flavors and try something new, especially the new limited edition flavors at your local Walmart.
What’s your favorite lunch time flavor? Check out these Lean Cuisine flavor options for inspiration. Share your favorites in the comments below.