How To Rock the Brown Bag Lunch

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How To Rock the Brown Bag Lunch

This is a guest post from our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador Jessica Preciado from Vanderbuilt University.

Ok, let’s get real, while we all want to be the next big CEO, TV personality, or magazine editor—we haven’t gotten there, yet.  We all know that the term “student” is synonymous with the term “budget”, and paying to eat out as an intern everyday isn’t code for “budget”.  But have no fear Jessica is here! And I’ve come to save us all with some healthy, affordable, and chic ways to rock the brown-bag lunch look at your next internship.

I’m the first to admit that it’s hard to drop an old tradition, I mean, who doesn’t love mom’s brown paper lunch bags? I sure do! But, being an intern and all, impressions are everything! So, since you’ve already perfected the outfit and the hair, why not step it up a notch with a chic lunch bag? Here are some bags that will make you want to ditch mom’s good ol’ brown bags in no time!

  • Dos Chicas Lorraine Lunch bag: it folds over just like a brown paper bag, and the black and white floral print makes it classy and fun, click Here
  • Kitson’s canvas totes: Having a shoulder strap on a lunch bag is a huge perk for an intern, a lot of times your hands will be busy carrying your boss’ coffee or anything else he/she asks of you. Kitson makes these totes in all different designs:    Click Here
  • Gentlemen reading this, I haven’t forgot about you! Here are some great lunch bags that will work for you too.

Le Neko Noir Canvas bag: Click Here

Astrid reusable lunch bag: Click Here

Okay, now that we’re chic, let’s get cheap and healthy.  Below are some of my favorite, affordable lunch ideas!

  • Greek Yogurt: there’s this huge misconception that yogurt is only a breakfast food, but if you find a yogurt high enough in protein and other nutrients, it becomes the ideal lunch.  Greek yogurt is perfect, it’s high in protein and low in calories.  To make this a lunch meal, up the serving size (about 2-3 cups) and add granola, dried fruit or berries.  Trader Joes makes a great Greek yogurt, it’s about 3 dollars for 16 ounces so you definitely get your money’s worth.
  • Japanese Soba Noodles: soba is a regular meal for the health-conscious Japanese and this summer it became one of my favorites! Soba noodles are made out of pure buckwheat. Buckwheat is a good source of fiber, flavanoids (protect against disease), and magnesium (improves blood flow).  Additionally, buckwheat is not a cereal grain; it’s a fruit seed so it serves as a great gluten-free alternative. Soba noodles are around two dollars a bag, or Trader Joe’s has a great soba bowl in their frozen foods section for around four dollars!
  • Firenze frozen pasta: these flavorful pastas are perfect for those seriously crunched for time.  I am not big on frozen foods, but I recently discovered Firenze pasta, and for this pasta I will definitely make an exception.  The package is vacuum sealed for freshness and one serving of the creamy shells is only 285 calories with 16 grams of protein, no preservatives, no trans fats and only four dollars!

I hope you enjoy my tips! Remember, just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t be chic and healthy!