Lunch: 5 Things You Need to Know to Pack Healthy

A healthy lunch is often one of the toughest parts of living a healthy lifestyle and nutrition is just as important as fitness. We know how important nutrition is to your fitness success, which is why CrossFit Gardendale is proud to welcome a certified nutritionist on board. With our in-house nutritionist, you can get a check-up on your current nutrition that comes with the details on exactly what you need to eat to reach your individual goals, also known as customized MACROs. You will also have access to meal plans that align with your MACROs to ensure your nutrition is on par with your fitness.


It is tough to find the time to pack a lunch for work or school, let alone a healthy one! Your alternative is eating out or eating at a work or school cafeteria where there will be limited options. With these tips, you will be able to skip the cafeteria food from here on out. Give them a try!

Transform Your Dinner Leftovers Into Lunch

If you are already eating healthy meals for dinner, this makes things simple. As you are putting away dinner leftovers, put some in a container or two that you can grab from the fridge as you are headed out to work or school the next day.

Mix and Match Leftovers For Lunch

Do not be afraid to change things up with your leftovers. Sure, tossing them in as-is after dinner is the easiest way to take them for lunch the next day, but there are plenty of ways to keep things interesting and avoid eating the same thing for both dinner and lunch the next day. For example, if you have some vegetables leftover from dinner the night before, make some chicken to eat with them the next day.

Use Crossover Items In Your Lunch

Pick one day per week to cook up these items, then use them in a variety of ways throughout the week. A great example is grilled chicken. Make a few servings on Sunday and then eat it in a chicken salad one day, a wrap the next, or served with a side of roasted vegetables. Eating the same, healthy proteins day in and out can be exciting, when you mix things up! Plus, it keeps things easier for you by not having to prepare every aspect of a packed lunch every morning.

Eat Foods You Enjoy For Lunch

If you are packing foods you do not like for lunch, it will be tougher to motivate yourself to do so. Start by thinking of your favorite lunch foods you enjoyed before you started your healthy lifestyle or even lunch foods that you enjoy when you eat out on your break. Is there anything you can adapt? For example, a BLT sandwich can easily become a healthy salad by adding a few extra vegetables and eating the bacon in moderation.

Load Up On Spices During Lunch

Who said healthy foods have to be bland? Stay away from the salt, but do not be afraid to bring life to bland foods with a variety of spices. Make it whatever you love most, like your favorite Mexican foods or Italian dishes, just by sprinkling the appropriate seasoning!

Give these tips a try and stop in to CrossFit Gardendale to meet our new nutritionist and complete your check-up, so you will be on your way to a clean and healthy diet in no time!