How Do You Make Brown Bag Lunches More Appealing? 

How Do You Make Brown Bag Lunches More Appealing? 
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Brown bagging lunch to work can save you a bundle of cash each month. Unfortunately, it also gets really old. If you bring your lunch to work, how do you keep it appealing?

Picture: Randy Heinitz

Food doesn’t have to be exciting, but it’s always nice to have something to look forward to during your lunch break. We’ve given you our tips for spicing up your lunches, but what works for you? Maybe it’s a small treat, or maybe it’s a packing method.

Either way, if you pack your lunches, we want to know: how do you make them more exciting?


  • Put it on a plate.

    Even a boring sandwich is a lot less depressing on a plate. If you bring leftovers, don’t eat it out of the container, put it in a plate or bowl, it looks and feels so much more civilized.

    Also, never underestimate the power of baby spinach – it makes everything look healthy, and feel fresher (even a bacon sandwich!)

  • Make a big batch of your favourite dish. Like curry? Have that every day. Next week, choose something else.

    What I look forward to is the actual activity I do at lunch which is reading. My lunch times is pretyt flexible so I usually opt for a later one when it’s a big quieter and settle in with a good book for an hour.

  • I make a sandwich everyday. I get a few different types of rolls for the week, freeze them to keep fresh and change up the filling combinations every week.

  • I make sandwiches that I’ll enjoy, and I make them the night before and stick them in the fridge, so I can grab them and go in the morning instead of risking not wanting to bother making myself something.

    I also take leftovers now and then when I’ve got something good to take, and take advantage of the office sandwich toaster (with a careful layer of tin foil between my sandwich and the toaster!) when I feel like a change.

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