Eating at the Office: Pack a Lemon in Your Lunch Bag

updated Jun 4, 2019
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Sometimes our lunches can start to feel a little gloomy — especially when we’re eating them under fluorescent lights. Lately, we’ve been tossing a lemon into our lunch bags, and it’s helped to brighten up our meals.

We’re big on packing lunches that don’t require a lot of prep work at home – it’s hard enough to get out the door in the morning! For that reason, we keep a few staples in our desk drawer, like a salt shaker, a little pepper grinder, and small bottle of olive oil. And lately, our daily routine has included grabbing a lemon before we head out for the day.

Here are a few ways it’s come in handy.

  • Squeeze into drinks. Tea is the obvious one here, but it’s also great for water bottles.
  • Brighten up leftovers. Some dishes aren’t better the next day. If your soup or pasta has lost a bit of freshness, a little lemon can go a long way.
  • Dress a salad. Don’t bother with transporting dressing from home. If you keep olive oil on hand, some fresh lemon juice is all you need.
  • Make a meal on the fly. Remember our tips for turning a

    single vegetable into a whole meal

Originally published January 26, 2010.

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