Ideas for Packed Lunch for Work

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Posted: 18 May 2008, 09:33
Can anyone give me some ideas for a health lunch to take to work for me. I usually end up not eating what I take in and going out and buying something.

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Posted: 18 May 2008, 20:52
Take leftover protein from yesterday's dinner or lean deli meat and mix up crisp and colorful veg + something sweet or crunchy + dressing
for example:
romaine, carrots, raisins, smoked turkey, sunflower seeds, scallions, 2 tbl dressing your choice.

Cucumber, grilled shrimp, feta, olives, tomatoes, 2 tbl dressing your choice.

Bring sliced lemon and/or orange and/or cucumber to add to your water and feel special eating your healthy tasty lunch. Picture youself at a spa --- the Inn at Ojai serves water with lemon, orange and cucumber at their spa. Yum. Be good to you.

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Posted: 20 May 2008, 23:27
I have become known at work for making my own microwave dinners. Its really easy, especailly if you have a slow cooker(crock pot). I will make a huge batch of chili(loaded with beans and veggies) and divide all of it into ziploc containers and freeze it. This way its ready to go, pre-portioned, and a major time saver in the mornings. Usually mine is still slightly frozen at lunch time, so you do have to have a mircowave. I have also done this with stir-frys, chicken breasts(steaks tend to get too dry), fish, steamed veggies, pasta, soups and so on. Chili is one of my favorites cause one pot full will make 6 or 7 containers. Then each moring you grab your veggie/fruit snacks, yogurt, ect and a "microwave dinner" and your off to work.
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Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 13:09
If you have a fridge/freezer, take the Smart Ones/Lean Cuisine/Healthy Choice meals.
Salads are always good to pack, buy lots of different low-fat dressings & used different meats & veggies so you don't get tired it.
Use Nature's Own light breads or Weight Watchers bread to make sandwiches. Mustard or fat-free Italian salad dressing are great in place of mayo. Or use wraps.
Apples, oranges, bananas, carrot sticks, celery.
Great Value makes a lot of sugar free zero calorie drink mixes - You can get the servings that make a 1/2 gallon or the individual ones that go in bottles of water.
Slimfast is always good, or Equate makes a cheaper version with less calories.
Go-gurt only has 70 calories while other lowfat yogurts have 90 or 100.
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Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 14:14
I don't only bring my own lunch but I pack mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks as well so that I eat every 2-3 hours.

Lunch Ideas:

- Homemade rice & lentil salad [pay attention to calorie value of lentils] - supplement with 1/2 cup fruit salad and vegetables

- 2 oz of Smoked Salmon with a garden salad + whole grain slice of bread with a red delicious apple [or other whole fruit] - replace salmon with canned tuna/salmon or white roasted chicken meat

- homemade vegetable soup with 4-5 whole grain crackers [or melba toast]; supplement with skim milk and other foods for lasting duration

The key is to eat the lunch you bring - that way, you'll know exactly what you're eating, and how much.


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Posted: 18 Mar 2009, 13:13
I totally agree w/ Sweetalot, bringing your lunch is key to success - making last minute food decisions when you're hungry is never a good idea.
I make myself a fresh salad with protein most everyday. I change it up sometimes its a greek salad w/ spinach, lettuce, tomato, olives, cucumber, red bell pepper, a bit of feta cheese with fresh lemon squeezed on it. Another fave is chinese chicken salad: greens with celery, mandarin oranges, cilantro, and whatever else sounds good. I dress it with Soy Vay Cha Cha Chinese Chicken salad dressing cut w/ rice vinegar to control the fat and cals. This week I'm doing a leafy version of caprese salad: greens (usually spinach or spinach/lettuce combo) tomatoes, some fresh mozzarella, white beans, a little avacado, basil, and either balsamic vinagrette or italian dressing.

To add to my salads I often just buy a rotisserie chicken from the store on sunday and bring a few ounces each day for a little protien to go w/ my salad.

I find that having salad for lunch really helps me get in all of my veggies, and fills me up.

good luck. it takes time to pack a good lunch, but if you make it tasty you'll find you look forward to it.

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Posted: 18 Mar 2009, 15:28
lots of things you can do...
make tuna salad, chicken salad or egg salad and make a sandwich. Bring RAW almonds to snack on. They are only 7 calories each and it doesn't take a lot to fight of the snack cravings. A can of soup with some saltines. Make your own stews and/or soups and put them in resealable microwave-safe containers. You can make a meal for dinner and when you are putting away the leftovers, you can use the lunch size resealable containers to store everything in. You can go ahead and plate-up some lunches as you put away leftovers.
The Gladware 3& 1/8 cup square containers work GREAT for this. You can put a 3 course meal in one container. And they stack in the fridge or freezer. They even freeze well. You can make your own frozen dinners. What I do to cut microwave time on a home-made frozen dinner is just leave it out or in a bag at my desk to help thaw it. They are usually still frozen when lunch time rolls around, but they are partially defrosted, so microwave time is reduced.

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