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Product Name: What Are You Doing for Lunch? by Mona Meighan, Ed.D.

Product Information: They say there is no such thing as a free lunch. This book offers you something even better: a fun, easy way to save money and improve your health by simply packing your own lunch.

Highlights of the book:

  • Over 70 delicious recipes to prepare in 20 minutes or less.
  • Cost-savings projections of how much you’ll save in a month and in a year.
  • Nutrition facts to help you keep an eye on calories, fat, sugar, and sodium.
  • A sample menu of lunches to get you started.

This book is for you if:

  • You are spending too much money on lunches and want to begin saving. Included are comparative cost analysis of each recipe so you can see how much you are saving with each recipe.
  • Thinking about your weight and health and knowing you are eating too many empty calories at lunch keeps running through your head. The recipes use primarily fresh ingredients and desserts have been deliberately omitted.
  • There are family members and friends you know that need help with lunch planning and meals. This book is a great gift idea for the person who wants to change their lunch patterns, but doesn’t know where to begin.

Mona Meighan, Ed.D., has been teaching and developing curricula for adults and children for over 35 years. When her son died suddenly at the age of 26 from undiagnosed diabetes, helping others eat and live better became her personal focus. Mona wrote this book as a fun and friendly guide to healthier lunchtime habits that will last a lifetime.

Product Price: $14.95

My Thoughts:  When I first received this book, I thought it was filled with recipes, but that wasn’t the fact.  It also included information about why, how and when to make or carry lunches.  It shows you how bringing your own lunch could help you save a lot of money, which is something I am all for.

Each chapter is lunch style with a list of what you’ll need for those recipes so you have your shopping list right there for you.    She also seems to group items together so they use some of the same ingredients, therefore cutting back on what you need to buy and wasting what you may not use if you only use a portion of an item.  It’s also helpful if you like certain products and what to know about a number of ways to use them.

While most of these items are simple recipes, I like the idea of taking the guess-work out of what I will/can make for lunch because I am very guilty of skipping it when I don’t have the head to think about it.  Some of these recipes could also be used for quick dinners when you need something light and fast.

Being someone who likes to show you all have to save money, my favorite feature of this book is how under each recipe heading, she breaks it down by how much it costs per serving and  the restaurant price had you picked up lunch instead.  Then she shows you how much you save in 1 month and 1 year.  It’s amazing how much money we waste by eating out and this is a great way to realize it.

The idea behind this book unfortunately came from her son’s undiagnosed diabetes which in the end he died from.  It’s too bad he hadn’t learned earlier how to eat better but this book will probably help others and possible save their lives.

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.