NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY
National Brown-Bag-It-Day on May 25th each year recognizes the benefits of packing your lunch for work or school. Taking your lunch to work or school is an effective way to save money and to ensure you and your family are eating healthy.
If you work where a refrigerator and microwave are available, the options are nearly endless. Insulated lunchboxes with an icepack fill the gap where modern conveniences are lacking. When neither is an option, there are still many health choices such as peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein bars. A thermos is also a good source for taking warm food with you for your lunch.
Some of the benefits to brown-bagging-it include:
- Money savings – For every meal you make at home, you can save several dollars a day. This is especially true if you are normally prone to eating meals out or ordering in from restaurants. And if you’re eating out of the vending matching, the savings add up there, too.
- Improved health choices – Will power and peer pressure don’t go well together. And when time is in short supply, we continue our poor decision making patterns. At home, we can plan our meals, and our choices are limited to the items we place in our fridge and cupboards. With practice, those items will be healthy ones, too.
- Controlled portions – Even though we try to control our portions while eating out, we know the serving size just keep getting bigger and bigger. When we brown-bag-it, we maintain that control.
- Better for the environment – When we re-use the same containers and recycle, we have more control over what is wasted. We also choose where our food is sourced.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BrownBagItDay
Pack up your lunch in a brown paper bag. Or a white one for that matter. Pick your favorite foods and enjoy a homemade lunch.
For more Brown-Bag-It ideas, check out these other holidays that celebrate in a similar style.
Use #BrownBagItDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY HISTORY
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