After decades spent in fields, at shops, and on job sites, I know that food options can be limited for those in the trades trying to fuel themselves through yet another long shift. The reality is that S4L (Sandwich, Soup, Salad, Snack, and Leftovers) can get expensive, unhealthy, and boring quickly. But don’t worry, PMG isn’t just about the work; we’re here for you in regards to food too.

If you’re wondering what this has to do with America’s manufacturing workforce, check out our latest webinar (hosted by yours truly) on the importance of healthy habits for those working in manufacturing to learn more. But, the upshot is, starting today, we will provide a monthly recipe, as well as tips and tricks, to help spice up your lunchbox.

Lunchbox Tip

When trying to make a meal-time masterpiece for your next lunch break, it’s important to remember the four E’s:

Effective (as in cost)

Easy (to make)

Exciting (at least kind of, that is the idea here anyway)

health-E (ok, I know I’m stretching it now, but you get the point).


Sauce it up. You and I both know those celery sticks got packed because your doctor says you need to mix in more fiber, but that doesn’t mean you have to hate it. A little dipping sauce can go a long way and you don’t have to worry about spilling now either with a handy travel ramekin like this one from Kitchen Dance.


Checkout this Crunchy Peanut Butter Wrap recipe from if you want a modern twist on the brown bag classic PB&J for 2020. You’d be nutty not to!

Josh Erickson, ReTool & Technical Solutions Associate