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    Sep 21, 2019

    20 Things For Anyone Whose Goal Is To Actually Remember To Pack A Lunch

    Say it with me: "No πŸ‘πŸΎ More πŸ‘πŸΎ Buying πŸ‘πŸΎ Lunch." Nope, not even $1 🍟.

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    Face it, buying lunch every day has become our norm and things have GOT TO CHANGE. It's time to shake the habit of dropping daily duckets on sushi, burgers, tacos, and those blasphemously priced salads. (Seriously, a salad should NEVER be $15. Stop this madness.) Anyways, this is our wallets enduring all of this action:

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    And help is here! Ahead, you'll find a few things that are either helpful, cool-looking, or both β€” that'll surely encourage you to relax on the midday takeout and actually pack your lunch for a change.

    1. A silicone sandwich and storage bag to help save the world from excess plastic use ~and~ so you never have to worry about running out of sandwich bags right when you need them ever again. This super-bag is also self-sealing and specifically designed to maintain flavors and juices so your cooked food still tastes, ya' know, GOOD. If you're a Sous-vide cooker, then the bags work for that too!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I started cooking a lot more in recent years and have begun meal-prepping in order to eat healthier. These bags save not only time but also clean-up! I was able to steam vegetables in the microwave in five minutes, and they are so easy to clean that I was reusing them in minutes. My favorite dish for my low-carb diet is cauliflower rice, and in the past, I would have to roast the cauliflower, then shred it in my food processor, dirtying up a ton of dishes. I was able to steam the cauliflower in six to seven minutes and smash it into pieces while it was in the bag! I also added seasoning/sauce to broccoli, popped back in the microwave, and it was done for tomorrow's lunch! I am so impressed, I am buying them for my whole family!" β€”Jennifer Tello

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes and eight colors/patterns).

    2. A can colander for straining your canned foods ~without~ losing one pea, piece of corn, or any other scrumptious thing down the drain with the excess juice. Just snap it on the can and get to pouring. The process is quick enough to do in the morning when you pack your lunch. It's also small enough to stick in your bag to strain when you finally take your food break later in the day. And it's dishwasher-friendly!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It sounds silly but this little guy is truly a game-changer. I have been using the top of the can to strain the water out of my tuna for years. I never thought of ever considering an alternative until I came across this on Amazon. It really is a time-saver and very convenient. It fits perfectly nice and snug in five-ounce tuna cans. The strainer is easy to clean and seems pretty durable as well. Just rinse off with water and pat dry." β€”studiotime

    Get it from Amazon for $3.71.

    3. A NutriBullet blender that will literally save your whole life when you only have about 20 minutes to get out of the house and really, really want to stick to your smoothie meals from home. It comes with the motor base, an extractor blade, a milling blade, three cups of different sizes, one cup ring, another cup ring with a handle, re-sealable lids, and a recipe book!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this thing. I'm a big fan of juicing but the ordeal of cleaning the juicer that I bought was getting time-consuming. However, with this I can blend up just about anything. And from what I can see, I get a lot more from it. I can also use this as a blender to make smoothies or grind coffee beans. I've been making my own homemade nut butter and nut milk. I've also made my own hummus! Forget all of your other products! This is the way to go. For a single person, this makes all the difference in the world. It's extremely easy to clean and I'm able to make two or three things at a time which allows me to have my juices for the whole day." β€”Olexia S.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.88.

    4. A Crock-Pot food warmer to make sure you enjoy hot food from home even when you're super busy and don't even want to leave your workspace for lunch. This warmer has a handle that'll make toting it super easy, a spill-free lid, a cool-touch exterior so you don't have to worry about being burned, and integrated cord storage so you can plug it up and then put it away when you need to.

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    Just plug the food warmer into the warming base to heat up your food.

    Promising review: "After growing tired of having semi-hot or having to wait forever on the microwave at work, I decided to purchase this. It is wonderful. I plug it in about an hour before I have to eat lunch and my food is perfectly warmed. As a teacher, I get tired of turkey sandwiches or trying to wolf down what's supposed to be a hot lunch but isn't for whatever reason. One of the best things about this warmer is that I don't have to worry about microwave explosions or having to clean up after someone else. It's great for anyone who wants a hot lunch every once in a while and is crunched for time." β€”Danielle Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in four colors).

    5. A sushi kit because, OK, the two-roll special around the corner from your office is ~good~ but keeping the extra money in your pocket on your lunch breaks is gonna be GREAT. The kit comes with a roll cutter, a detachable sushi mat, a non-stick rice paddle, two sauce caps, and a pre-measured rice frame. Let the good sushi-making times ROLL, people!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My wife and I made our first sushi with this kit. It was easier than I thought it would be and our California roll and Philly rolls came out really well. Tip: When using the cutting tool, squeeze it firmly around the sushi roll and it is easier to cut the roll. I'm very pleased with our first try, can't wait to use it again." β€”Michael K. Lehr

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    6. A super cute printed lunch bag that people are definitely going to mistake for another one of your gorgeous tote bags. The insulated lunch tote looks small but will hold a ton and is designed to keep your food cold or warm for four hours. It's also waterproof and has a front pocket.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've fallen in love with my lunch bag. It is very cute and stylish. When it first arrived, I was upset because it looked small BUT it actually fits more than I thought. I can fit my two Nutribullet cups with three small Tupperware containers OR my two Nutribullet cups and three bottles of water. I pack my lunch at night so I put everything in my bag and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. My drinks remain cold throughout the day at work so I'd say this bag is well insulated. I am a satisfied buyer!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 13 styles).

    7. An electric egg cooker to make any kind of eggs you like ANYWHERE YOU WANT THEM within minutes. This thing makes hard-boiled, poached, and scrambled eggs, plus omelets! It comes with a poaching tray, measuring cup, omelet tray, and a six-egg holding tray. The cooker also has a timer and an auto-shutoff function. Make eggs to take with you before your day begins ~or~ park this cutie on your desk at work to get those eggs popping whenever.

    Amazon

    Oh yeah, and it also comes with an egg-cellent one-year warranty.

    Promising review: "Holy Moly, I love this thing! Hard-boiled eggs are cooked so fast!!!! I hate boiling eggs but I love eating them hard-boiled so this made my life so much easier. There are no cracked eggs in the pot. There's also no boiling water and basically no wait! Just quick, super easy, perfectly hard-boiled eggs. It’s amazing!" β€”The Birchwood Crew

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five colors).

    8. A produce-saving container to make fruits and veggies ACTUALLY FREAKING LAST for more than four days. Time out for returning to your fridge with your taste buds set on those sweet-smelling strawberries you picked up from Walmart just to discover they've withered away into shoulda-coulda-woulda-been-delicious land. Do I sound like a personal victim? I am but thanks to this container, none of us have to be anymore.

    Buzzfeed / Natalie Brown

    Buzzfeed Shopping editor Natalie Brown tried it and turned me into a believer with this mind-blowing review:

    "I put half of my fresh strawberries in the medium-sized container and left the other half in the clamshell container they came in from the store. And here they are 10 days later!!! The berry I left in the original container looked dehydrated and blemished, with wrinkled, crunchy leaves. (I'm not eating the leaves, but still.) But the produce-saver strawb's as fresh as it was on day one! Not that I wouldn't eat the dehydrated one if that was my only option, but given the choice? I'll take a fresh strawberry every day!"

    Check out her full review of Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Savers for more deets.

    Get them from Walmart for $4.99+ each (available in two sizes).

    9. Buzzfeed's official Tasty Ultimate cookbook so you can step up your at-home chef game and pack lunches that you'll look forward to way more than the typical sandwich. It's also going to be pretty cool when everyone in your office starts turning to ask you what smells so good and you can casually note that it's lunch you made with your cool, new cookbook.

    Walmart

    Get it from Buzzfeed's Tasty line at Walmart for $17.49 (originally $29.99).

    10. A ceramic lunch bowl with playful prints to add a little personality to your lunchtime swag. The bowl has a plastic top so you can carry it with you everywhere and a small space to open up for letting steam out. It's also microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8 (originally $10; available in three sizes).

    11. A pizza saver bag set so you can make up for spending money on takeout for dinner by making that dollar stretch with leftover slices for lunch.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get a set of 12 from Urban Outfitters for $5 (originally $8).

    12. A press-and-go iced tea tumbler because there's something so luxurious about having a glass of iced tea ready-made at any given moment. You may be sitting in an office or a meeting but when you sip iced tea that you made for yourself in minutes, it's DEF going to feel like you're chilling on someone's veranda on a relaxing afternoon.

    Macy's

    The tumbler is designed with two chambers. Just add hot water and a tea bag to the first chamber to steep. The second chamber is for the ice. Just sit the chamber of ice inside of the other and CHEERS. By the way, the majority of reviewers noted that they either bought two of these or ~wished~ they did so, well, you know what to do. The tumbler is dishwasher-safe, odor- and stain-resistant, and DEF something you'll look forward to and remember NOT to forget.

    Promising review: "This was so easy to use and it made a perfect serving of iced tea. So far I've only used fruit-flavored teabags to make a refreshing cup of ice tea. I'm going o purchase another one to keep at work." β€”BklyninFL

    Get it from Buzzfeed's Goodful line at Macy's for $22.99 (originally $28.99; available in two colors).

    13. A stainless steel thermal bottle that's so sleek and stylish that you'll remember to grab it on the way out of the door even if you forget everything else. It has a double-wall vacuum-sealed design that can keep drinks hot for up to eight hours and cold for up to 24! The bottle is also condensation- and leak-proof.

    Macy's

    Get it from Buzzfeed's Goodful line at Macy's for $8.83 (originally $21.99; available in four colors).

    14. A microwave pasta cooker so you can get all your noodle-involved lunches done in literal minutes! It's supposed to make al dente pasta without sticking in 15 minutes or less. Before you know it, your pasta dish will be all fixed, packed, and waiting in the fridge for you to grab and go in the morning.

    Amazon

    The top has holes to help you measure a serving size. One serving size takes about 12 to 13 minutes.

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures and this microwave pasta cooker helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. But I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps and a big clean up afterward. This cooker is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly-measured spaghetti. It's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta. The pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap since there's no big pot, no colander, and no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta." β€”Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. A collapsible stainless steel straw set that'll be worth sticking inside your lunch box since they're reusable and much better for the environment than plastic versions. They have a silicone top so your lips and teeth aren't mistreated by the sharp stainless steel edges ~and~ these straws can be pushed down to fit better in whatever bag you want to slide them into.

    Macy's

    The set comes with two straws, one cleaning brush, and one bag to hold everything.

    Get it from Buzzfeed's Goodful line at Macy's for $10.49 using the code VIP (originally $18.99).

    16. Just some ramen sticky notes if you're the forgetful type who'll need a literal note on the door to remind you to turn around and pack your dang lunch!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The wrapper makes these sticky notes even cuter! There are directions on the back for how to β€˜cook’ the ramen just like the real thing. The back is just as cute as the front. Will buy again!" β€”Lisa Abrams

    Get them from Amazon for $9.59.

    17. A handheld veggie slicer that'll help you make veggie noodles in a ~slash~! It's so quick and easy to use that you won't even mind prepping your zucchini noodles in the morning before leaving out for the day. It has dual stainless-steel cutting blades so you can make thick or thin pasta strands out of your favorite vegetables.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "What a fantastic kitchen widget! I actually have a large spiralizer and never use it because it is a pain to get out and clean. I saw this and bought it and couldn't be happier. It's easy to use and easy to clean if you rinse and clean right away. The small and compact size makes this easy to store without taking up tons of space! The option for two different sizes of noodles is a nice feature!" β€”Jamie E.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A reusable stainless steel cutlery set that's super cute and reusable. You can keep it in your lunch box so you never have to hunt for plastic cutlery when you're at work. It comes with a fork, spoon, butter knife, a pair of chopsticks, two straws, a tiny brush to clean out the straws, and a zip-up bag to store them.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I wanted some silverware for work since I got tired of constantly trying to hunt down plastic forks. This set is exactly what I needed and I love the unique finish the silverware has. Lol, a bonus is that I don't have to worry about anyone stealing this set since the color is very unusual." β€”Jules H.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in five colors and two quantity choices).

    19. A breakfast sandwich maker so anytime you crave a morning meal for lunch, you can just make one at the house and carry it with you instead of throwing dollars at McDonald's all-day breakfast menu. This gadget can make two sandwiches at a time in about five minutes. It also features a countdown timer with an audible beep and each part is removable and dishwasher-safe.

    Amazon

    I'm betting you the price of a McDonald's sausage biscuit that a sandwich made with your preferred bread, meats, and other toppings is going to taste loads better than a McGriddle.

    Promising review: "FAM. I need you to lissssssen. I would give this product 87 stars if I could. This thing was delivered to my doorstep in two business days and will provide a lifetime of joy for me. You'd think it would be one of those gimmicky kitchen appliances that barely even works EXCEPT you're wrong. It's amazing. It's quick. Look. Lissssen. You put the ingredients in and about two minutes later, your tummy is all like 'oh yesssss.' Basically. Just buy it. Purchase the sammich maker. You're welcome." β€”Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in a single sandwich).

    20. Tortilla chip clips because you should feel zero shame about grabbing an entire bag of chips to go with your lunch. This cute clip will close up the bag so they'll be fresh for whenever you're ready to ~CHIP~ up where you left off. They come in a four-piece set.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $8.

    Your wallet now that you've invested in things that will keep you away from the McDonald's kiosk:

    Turner Entertainment / Via giphy.com

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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