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Bringing lunch from home? Here's how you can do it for under $5!

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Bringing lunch from home? Here's how you can do it for under $5!

Starting Uni, TAFE or heading back to the office can make life busier than usual. As the competing priorities begin to stack up, packing a healthy lunch can often fall to the wayside.

It might seem easier to grab a packet of chips from a vending machine, or a $10 meal deal from the takeaway shop, but bringing a healthy lunch from home can take less time than waiting in line. Plus it will save you money and keep your body fuelled well throughout the day.

It doesn’t have to be hard to pack a healthy, nutritious (and most importantly) delicious lunch. Some key tips to keep in mind are to:

  • Plan your lunches ahead of time using a meal planner

  • Use up leftovers i.e. dinner from the night before

  • Prep your meals ahead of time (freeze what you can and reheat when you’re ready)

To give you some inspiration, here are five lunches you can make for under $5 that are quick, easy and nutritious!

Lunch 1 - $3.28

  • 1 cup of watermelon

  • 2 stalks of celery sticks with 1 x serve Hummus

Lunch 2 - $4.16

Lunch 3 - $4.52

Lunch 4 - $3.80

Lunch 5 - $4.70

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Lunch 1 - $3.28 to $3.45

  • Add a serve of Vegetarian Mexican Mix ($1.20) to a:
    • to a wholemeal wrap ($0.25) or one cup of brown rice ($0.17) and ¼ of an avocado ($0.28)
      • Add 1 cup of watermelon ($0.18), and 2 stalks of celery sticks ($1.25) with hummus ($0.12)

Lunch 2 - $4.16

Lunch 3 - $4.52

Lunch 4 - $3.80

Lunch 5 - $4.70

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

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Is my diet healthy?

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Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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