No matter who you are, if I were to tell you to pack your lunch every day, you would  probably dread it. Not only is the thought of fitting such a task into your already hectic morning daunting, but who wants to eat whatever scraps you can pick out of your fridge on a sandwich day in and day out? Well, that sandwich you bring to work on Monday doesn’t have to be boring. Have you ever thought of making a pork chop sandwich?

 

I have partnered with the National Pork Board’s “Pork Es Sabor” initiative to help you be creative in the kitchen with delicious pork recipes and ideas to empower you with healthy eating habits. One of these habits is preparing your own meals, including your lunch. Packing lunch doesn’t have to be complicated. Bringing a pork chop sandwich for lunch is a perfect choice as it’s an easy, affordable and satisfying way to plan ahead.

 

Pork is a protein that is healthy, easy-to-prepare and accessible all at an excellent price. Just look for your favorite lean cuts in the meat case – many of these cuts meet the USDA’s guidelines for “lean meat,” which means they have less than 10 grams of fat per serving.

 

So why pack your lunch? Studies show that eating away from home lowers diet quality, but making your own lunch allows you to control the ingredients used and the portions. When you eat outside food, it tends to be higher in fat, calories and sodium. The portions are usually always bigger than the recommended serving size. Not only that, but after five work days of eating out, you won’t only notice a difference in your belly, but also in your wallet. Packing your lunch also allows you to be creative when preparing meals, making it a fun new habit.

 

For this sandwich recipe, I’m using New York Pork Chop which, like all pork chops, is a lean cut.

 

Disclaimer: Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D., is a spokesperson/ambassador for The National Pork Board and is paid for services which include, but not limited to, photography, videography, recipe development, social media promotion and online contributions.
– “I only represent companies that I truly believe in their mission and love their products. I use them often myself as they are the best, nutritionally foods available. All the opinions expressed this article or video are my own” – Manuel Villacorta.

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