Office Lunch for Less Than $3

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If you think gourmet is the only way to go, what follows may disgust you.

However, if quick, easy and cheap are your thing read on.

The following lunch takes about 2 minutes to pack in the morning and less than 5 minutes to prepare at work. It contains less than 700 calories, more than 30 grams of fiber and costs less than $3. Here it is:

  • 1 can of Great Value Chili Beans from Wal-Mart
  • ½ an avocado
  • 2 leaves of lettuce
  • 1 small tomato
  • 8 tortilla chips

Here’s what you do:

  1. Put the beans on a plate
  2. Heat in microwave for 1 minute
  3. Wash the lettuce and tomato
  4. Dice the tomato
  5. Shred the lettuce
  6. Peel the avocado
  7. After the beans are heated add:
    • Shredded lettuce
    • Diced tomato
    • Half of the avocado
    • 8 crunched Tortilla chips

Want to make it more interesting? Consider adding: salsa, olives, cheese or whatever.

Concerned about sodium? The can of beans will give you 60% of the RDA sodium limit. The 8 chips add an additional 1%. Personally, I get very little sodium at breakfast and supper so I don’t worry about it. If this is an issue, you can rinse the beans.

Healthy lunches promote productive afternoons. Give this one a try and notice what happens to your energy and focus.

Bon appétit!


Lonnie Carbaugh

Lonnie Carbaugh, LPC, NCC,  is a Behavioral Health Counselor at Full Plate Living who has shed and kept off 25 pounds since working for Full Plate Living. He is as dedicated about walking 5 miles a day as he is about his favorite sport, baseball.

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