Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: 7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer

This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid, but all opinions are my own.

Let's kick off summer right!  And healthy!

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Every woman in my age range {I'll let you guess...over 30, less than 40} is in the same perdicament this time of year.

The weather is getting warmer.

I'm dragging out last year's shorts and dresses.

I'm not fitting into last year's shorts and dresses.

I need to drop the casseroles, pasta dinners and creamy soups.

I need to jump start my eating for Summer.

You'd think we'd learn our lesson year after year but we don't.  If only we'd eat healthy 80% of the time year round we wouldn't run into this Spring meltdown of I-can't-fit-into-any-of-my-summer-clothes.

But guess what!  I have a solution.  Rather, my friends at Rubbermaid made a solution.  And it's fabulous.  I know, because I tried it out!  I became a part of their new #BalancedBites Influencer Program this Spring and experimented with their brand new Balance Meal Kit.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This new addition to the Rubbermaid food storage portfolio consists of four pre-portioned BPA-free containers for quick and easy meal prep for every day of the week.  The perfectly-sized containers take the guess work out of portion control for the four essential food groups: protein, grains, fruits and vegetables.

Healthy eating on the go has become the American standard.  We are all living in a rush-rush society. We jam pack our schedules {me included!} and then wonder why we are stuffing our faces with a quick drive-through meal at 8 p.m. that night feeling like crap soon after we finish.

Here's the thing.

I pack my kid's lunches every-single-night after dinner in preparation for school the next day.  So why not, pack my lunch as well?  Even if I stay at home?

After thinking about it a bit, it makes sense.

If I pack my lunch, with healthy foods {perfectly portioned healthy grains, protein, fruits and veggies}, then the chance of me over-eating/eating unhealthy/or grazing instead of eating a meal should be greatly reduced.

And guess what?

IT WORKED.

I did this.  I received my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit and packed my lunches for 7 days {minus the two days on the weekend where I then picked back up on Monday}.  It was easy as I was already packing my kids lunches, why not make a third?  Each day once I got the little one down for nap, I opened the fridge, pulled out my lunch and ATE.

I didn't have to stand at the fridge in a zone, staring, wondering, "what should I have?"  It was already there waiting for me.  And to be honest, it felt great eating healthy.

So here are my 7 days.  Let it be known there are SO MANY MORE variations you could have. After my 7 days I realized I never included whole grain rice or pasta as one of my healthy grains and I probably could have included more varieties of vegetables, but to each is own.  Eat what you like!

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

DAY 1: Grilled chicken {leftovers from the previous night's dinner}, fresh spinach {that I drizzled with Italian dressing}, whole wheat crackers and blueberries.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

DAY 2: Sun-dried tomato hummus, carrots and broccoli, whole wheat crackers and a clementine orange.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

DAY 3: Two lean turkey sticks, sliced cucumbers, whole grain sprouted wheat bread with cream cheese and strawberries.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

DAY 4: Hard-boiled egg, carrots, Greek vanilla yogurt topped with sunflower seeds, blueberries and strawberries.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

DAY 5: Lean sliced turkey, sweet peppers, whole wheat crackers, unsweetened applesauce.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

DAY 6: Cottage cheese, fresh spinach {that I drizzled with Italian dressing}, whole wheat sprouted bread with cream cheese and a peach.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

DAY 7: Lean sliced turkey slices, cheddar cheese stick, sliced cucumbers and carrots, whole wheat pita chips and a clementine orange.

7 Healthy Weight Loss Lunches to Kick Start Summer...using my Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit, planning lunches for the week was a breeze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You guys.  After 7 days of eating lunch this way I felt great!  I hope to keep the momentum going. My kids last day of school is TODAY {pray for me}.  So I know this will take a bit more effort with two extra bodies mingling around me, but I know it can be done.

Do you want to try out this Rubbermaid Balance Meal Kit for yourself?

They can be purchased HERE and are found at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Costco, Bed, Bath and Beyond and Amazon.

To thank you for reading this whole post and seeing how much fun this product is, Rubbermaid is also giving away one to one of my readers!  There are multiple ways to enter below.  Good luck! One random winner will be chosen on Monday, May 29th.

Thank you to Rubbermaid for sponsoring this post.


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4 comments:

  1. Love this post! It's motivating! I think I would have the hardest time filling up the grains compartment.

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  2. I think this looks like a great idea! Pack it up and eat my lunch on the Riverfront!

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  3. Protein would probably be the hardest for me to fill. It seems like such a small amount, even though I know its not. But subconsciously it is...lol

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  4. The veggie container would be hard to fill. I just can't get stocked about eating them

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