I shop at Whole Foods and I do not spend a ton of money unless I get some specialty item, but I find that many people associate whole foods with tons of money when in reality, if you know what to purchase, it is cheaper than your typical grocery store.
The article linked below lays out some wonderful tips as well:
As I’ve stated before, I do not always bring my lunch to work. Sometimes I order something from a nearby restaurant, or I stop at a grocery store on my way in to work. For example, today I had yogurt and rolled oats for breakfast and I had no prepped lunch to take to work, so for lunch I called the Chinese restaurant near my job and asked for “Chinese” vegetables and brown rice. They said sure, it will be ready in a couple of minutes. This is no different than the vegetable medleys I make at home, I specifically call Chinese restaurants because the vegetables are not pulverized or covered to death in sauce which leaves them healthy. The brown rice is added as a filler, grains are filling. The vegetables alone would not leave me satisfied for more than an hour, but with the addition of brown rice, I have a healthy meal that will satisfy for hours.
Other options include:
-Sandwiches in lettuce wraps or on wheat bread (from Jimmy Johns, Subway, etc.)
-Soup from Panera, Publix, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, etc.
I am not into salad as a lunch entree as I do not find salads alone to be satisfying in the long term, but I do not mind soup and salad as a lunch option.
-I also enjoy Green Smoothies from Planet Smoothie, Tropical Smoothie, my local health food stores, with a side of fruit, the greens in the smoothie make it more satisfying in the long term
-Stir Fry’s are another great option, meat with veggies is never a bad idea.
The only things I stay away from are fried foods, sodas, and sugars. I firmly believe you can easily eat healthy away from home, it may cost a little more (although it doesn’t have to), but in my book, its work any extra cost.
*On a side note, I am going to start posting my tastier green smoothie recipes as I make them under the Favorite Recipes tab above.