Transform the sad desk salad into a lunch you’ll actually look forward to by launching a club. Here’s your game plan.
<b>PHOTO</b> TED CAVANAUGH <b>FOOD STYLING</b> JAMIE KIMM <b>PROP STYLING</b> EMILY MULLIN/HELLO ARTISTS
Lunch should be a bright spot in your day, with good, healthy food and some socialising to fuel you up. That’s why we’re big fans of the midday dine-together, in which members take turns making meals for the group. You get to eat things you wouldn’t cook yourself, plus “it elevates your prep game, since you’ll want to make a dish that shines,” says dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, who is also the author of The Superfood Swap: The 4-Week Plan to Eat What You Crave Without the C.R.A.P. These tips will keep things organised.
1. Get four of your foodiest buds in on it.
You’ll have more fun with people who are in sync with your tastes.
2. Decide on the ground rules.
Should every lunch contain vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains? Are vegetarian dishes okay? Maybe even insist on experimenting with different cuisines. After all, eating a variety of foods will give you more of the vitamins and minerals you need.
3. Create a weekly sign-up sheet.
Yes, it really is worth it. You’ll prevent reps and other lunch crises.
4. Change up your location.
An atrium, a park... the experience is half the fun. Sharing a meal makes you happy and relaxed, and can also lead to a leaner, healthier body, research shows.