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14 Creative Ways To Take Your Lunch On The Go

Brown bag it in style! The Vitamix S30 allows you to blend and go — perfect for being healthy in a hurry.

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1. Layer your salad in a jar with dressing and heavy ingredients on the bottom.

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This will keep the lettuce from getting soggy. A few minutes before you're ready to eat, shake the jar to mix everything up.

2. Give leftovers a new life in a tasty spring roll.

Easy enough to make the morning-of, and portable enough to throw in a plastic baggie.
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Easy enough to make the morning-of, and portable enough to throw in a plastic baggie.

3. Pack dressings and sauces in containers within containers.

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Perfect for dipping!

4. Swap out wimpy greens for sturdier stock.

Greens like shredded Brussels sprouts, shaved asparagus, and marinated artichokes won't wilt while resting in dressing for a few hours. A salad made with these will still pack a crunch at lunchtime.
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Greens like shredded Brussels sprouts, shaved asparagus, and marinated artichokes won't wilt while resting in dressing for a few hours. A salad made with these will still pack a crunch at lunchtime.

5. Portion out one-pot meals ahead of time into microwaveable containers.

Make it easy for yourself to make a healthy and conscious choice — by packing flavorful meals ahead of time, there's no reason NOT to grab one on your way out the door.
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Make it easy for yourself to make a healthy and conscious choice — by packing flavorful meals ahead of time, there's no reason NOT to grab one on your way out the door.

6. Just bring what you can't get locally.

Bring a jar of irreplaceable homemade nut butter or hummus, then purchase a much-more-common apple or baby carrots to dip when you get to your destination. It cuts back on what you need to carry and makes sure the veggies are super fresh!
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Bring a jar of irreplaceable homemade nut butter or hummus, then purchase a much-more-common apple or baby carrots to dip when you get to your destination. It cuts back on what you need to carry and makes sure the veggies are super fresh!

7. Get playful with a bento box.

Variety is the spice of life, and bento boxes offer variety in small portions for a balanced, exciting lunch that you'll be as excited to pack as you are to eat.
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Variety is the spice of life, and bento boxes offer variety in small portions for a balanced, exciting lunch that you'll be as excited to pack as you are to eat.

8. Never lose a spoon again — try a magnetic decanter with attached spoon!

Plus it's very chic. Snag one here.
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Plus it's very chic. Snag one here.

9. Instead of a bulky bag, transport containers in a Japanese furoshiki.

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It's cute and doubles as a small tablecloth for when you're eating. Learn how to fold it here.

10. Avoid the soggy lunch sandwich by toasting the bread in the morning.

You can go bigger by crunching up some chips or rice cakes and adding 'em in!
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You can go bigger by crunching up some chips or rice cakes and adding 'em in!

11. Blend it up and take it to go!

You can get a hearty meal into a portable form by blending it up. Aim for a smoothie with a balance of sugars (fruits), proteins (nuts), and vitamins (greens).
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You can get a hearty meal into a portable form by blending it up. Aim for a smoothie with a balance of sugars (fruits), proteins (nuts), and vitamins (greens).

12. Give takeout containers a second life as disposable salad bowls.

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The lids make them perfect for shaking!

13. Frozen berries make a great ice pack.

Two great upsides: You don't have to carry them around after lunch, and you get to eat them!
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Two great upsides: You don't have to carry them around after lunch, and you get to eat them!

14. Go modern-day old school with a reusable brown paper sack.

All the fun of your childhood brown-bagged lunches with more environmental consciousness! Snag it here.
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All the fun of your childhood brown-bagged lunches with more environmental consciousness! Snag it here.

Take lunch to the next level with the Vitamix S30.