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Diet & Nutrition

4 benefits of packing a homemade lunch

Have you put a dent in your bank balance thanks to too many bought meals? Eating homemade has more than just financial benefits.

By Monique McKenzie
Have you got into the habit of buying your lunch every day because poor time management skills have gotten the better of you?
And is your bank account suffering because of it? (Confession: we're guilty of this too!)
It's easy to put takeaway meals on the credit card without giving it much thought, but when you add up how much you could be saving a year, not to mention what it's doing to your waistline, you'll soon be converted.
If you're already packing lunches for the kids, why not add your own to the production line?
Here are a few benefits of heading into Monday morning knowing you have delicious, nutritious foods to power you through the week...

It’ll help with portion control

When you prepare your own food in advance, you can control what you're putting in your body.
Ordering food from restaurants and cafés – even healthy ones – usually means large portions, so pack your own lunch and you're less likely to overeat.

You won’t waste food

The feeling of having to throw away produce that went bad before you had a chance to eat it is not a nice one.
When you make your own meals, you're more likely to utilise all of your ingredients for the week.
A bit of forward planning will help ensure that you don't wind up with expired food in the fridge.
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Having meals planned in advance reduces stress

Coming home from work and trying to come up with a plan for dinner can be stressful.
When you've thought ahead and made meals in bulk you can sit back and relax, knowing you simply need to heat something up.
This is especially convenient in winter when Uber Eats becomes extra tempting.

It's an easy way to save money

Healthy, flavourful food doesn't have to break the bank.
Meal prepping will help you save money by buying items in bulk.
When you set aside time to prep food, think big in terms of volume and freeze the rest.

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