Lunch. The oft under-appreciated mid-day meal. We use it to seal business deals, catch up with friends, or make unenthusiastic use of last night’s leftovers. For those of us with a Good Food focus, though, lunchtime can be a big old bummer. All too often we fall into the trap of under-preparation, assuming we’ll be able to find something acceptable in the cafeteria, restaurant, or supermarket deli counter. Then, when we come up empty – or worse, make an off-road choice that proves to be less than worth it – we’re stuck dealing with the consequences.
Utah-based food blogger Stormy Sweitzer recognized that problem… and decided that something had to be done about it. In her own words:
Power lunches came about several years ago as a way for me to manage my food sensitivities during the workday. I was working 10-hour days as a project manager and health care quality improvement consultant, and then dropping by the gym after work. Food options near my office were things I couldn’t eat without feeling unwell, let alone keep my energy up. So I figured out ways to make lunches and snacks that were quick to put together, tasted good, and could be made with whatever I had in the fridge (assuming I’d done an OK job of shopping that week).
Turns out, my coworkers were envious of what they saw, and often asked for tips on how to ditch their frozen burritos and ham sandwiches for something fresh and healthy. Few of them followed through, though. Why? I discovered that lack of time, understanding of preparation strategies, and comfort with basic cooking skills were holding people back.
Enter the Book That Will Revolutionize Your Lunch.
We sat down with Paleo Power Lunch author Stormy Sweitzer to dish about cooking, lunchtime, and how to bring creative, delicious, healthy offerings to your office break room.
W9: What makes lunch so important, anyway?
SS: Lunch is the forgotten meal. It’s not sexy. It can feel out of our control. It is given short shrift during our morning routines or ignored altogether if we have to rush out the door. And yet lunchtime is some of the most important opportunities for keeping energy and alertness high; avoiding temptation and managing cravings; and recovering from or preparing for a tough workout. Even if you work from home, having a set lunchtime routine is a necessary part of your healthy eating plan.
W9: What do you think keeps people from making good lunch choices?
SS: In my opinion, it is not enough for people to know what they should do or prescribe what they can or cannot eat. They need tools, support and confidence to make the change – that’s why sites like Whole9 and other forums are so essential. Given that, I wrote Paleo Power Lunch from the point of view that if a reader can master the basics – cooking techniques, flavor combinations, kitchen strategies – they will build the confidence and habits they need to eat well during the workday, be consistent, and feel comfortable experimenting with new ingredients.
W9: Everybody eats lunch (or at least they should). Who will benefit the most from Paleo Power Lunch?
SS: I wrote Paleo Power Lunch for busy professionals – those that work out in the world and even at home – that are comfortable in the kitchen but don’t have a routine for putting a healthy lunch together for the day and want to expand their ability to improvise ingredients, or, those who need a system, but also want recipes that they can follow easily and help understanding basic cooking techniques.
Paleo Power Lunch
Paleo Power Lunch is packed with practical information that will take your lunch hour from zero to hero with just a few minutes of prep time. Plus, your copy includes:
- A snapshot of the power tools you’ll need to optimize your lunch construction
- An ingredient idea list to kick-start your imagination
- A printable weekly meal chart to help you visualize your plan for the week
- A step-by-step guide to strategic grocery shopping
Walk through the simple four-step process for creating your own lunch preparation game plan, learn simple and delicious ways to prepare your proteins, and get the low-down on how to store all your ingredients before jumping into 26 simple recipes for lunchtime salads that will be the envy of everyone in the break room – including 13 delicious Whole30-compliant dressings. (Just skip the optional honey – and save the honey-mustard dressing for after your Whole30.)
Can you imagine the looks on your co-workers faces (or, if you work from home, your dog’s face) when you sit down with a bowl filled with crisp shrimp, bright citrus fruits, and creamy avocado, topped with a creamy lemon chive dressing, or a zesty Moroccan-inspired lunch packed with grilled steak and sweet potatoes and dressed with a roasted red pepper vinaigrette?
Plus, each copy of Paleo Power Lunch comes with a quick reference guide, a treasure trove of online bonus materials – including tutorial videos – and five quick start guides!
It’s time to toss all your excuses out the window and get down to the business of making and enjoying delicious lunches made with Good Food. You’ve got two ways to explore this awesome new cookbook:
We hope you enjoy Paleo Power Lunch as much as we did – in fact, we liked it so much, we’re giving away copies of the e-book version of Paleo Power Lunch to three lucky readers! Just tell us (in comments below) why your lunchtime is in desperate need of a makeover, and we’ll select three winners to receive a downloadable e-book version of PPL, plus all bonus material! (Contest closes on Wednesday, August 8th, at 11:59 PM Pacific.)
About the Author
Stormy Sweitzer lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her husband and aging fur kids. She writes the Maoomba blog, where she shares real food recipes, tips and stories; and teaches cooking classes – including Bowl-in-One Meals and Paleo Power™ Lunch: The Class – at ChefHangout.com. She has worked as a public health professional, helping physicians improve care for people with chronic illness, and as a program manager for organizations that promote health, community, and economic empowerment through food. Visit her at http://maoomba.com for more recipes, or to download your free Paleo Power Lunch bonus materials.
On this site, and with all of our business dealings, we strive for 100% transparency. Whole9 is a Paleo Power Lunch affiliate. We love these recipes, and we honestly believe the information contained within this cookbook is of the highest quality, and exceptionally useful for our readers and Whole30 participants. We just wanted to make sure you knew that, in the interest of full disclosure.