Well, without knowing really your specific tastes, this can be difficult.
I can echo what a lot others have said, and what I eat as well, hardboiled eggs, turkey and cheese rolls with spicy mustard to dip, ye old tuna salad, etc. I also do salad with chicken, steak.... lol, last night my dinner was salad with a burger and bits of chunk cheddar cheese (oh wow was that good!!)
I have a goto lentil concoction that I make (don't know how you feel about the mighty legume that is lentil?), sauteed onion in olive oil with garlic, steamed carrot chunks, lentils - topped with a little butter and hot sauce. Lentils are a low gi food with 19 gram protein in one cup, and 16 gram of fiber. Yes, the carbs look daunting, but it's a good source of carbs, and very low gi!!!. I'm making a batch of this tomorrow.
Spend a saturday or sunday making a casserole (or whatever) and freezing portions to microwave for lunches.
When I didn't work out of home, I used a slow cooker often, meal was ready when I got home...and there was lunch for the next day...
l almost forgot...if you really want crackers maybe try
Crisp bread Kavli Crispy Thin Whole Grain Crisp bread is made from 100 percent whole grain rye flour. Plus it's fat-free and low in sodium with a mild nutty flavor and easy crunch. One generous-size slice qualifies as a free-food serving, with 17 calories and 4 grams of carb. Although this crisp bread is thin, it holds up well to low-fat spreads, salsas, and other low-calorie toppings. Try a few creative combinations when you have room in your calorie and carb allotment.
Wasa Crisp'n Light 7 Grains cracker bread with 20 calories and 4.5 grams of carb per slice.
I use coconut wraps. They're great and are a nice alternative to breads or lettuce wraps. You can get them from Julian Bakery (with whom I have some honesty issues...) or from www.improveat.com/whatoffer.php
I also like just plain meat-n-cheese rollups.
You can also make some really tasty cheese "crackers" in the microwave just using cheese. I love those things.
If you can bring a lunch bag with a little cooler block in it, hard-boiled eggs are great snacks or lunches. Tinned meats with some of those little cheese crackers... veggies with nut butters... nuts just by themselves. Lots of options! Good luck.
Instead of bread try using just lettuce leaves to make a sandwich.....or take to slices of Borden's Gouda Cheese slices.....Pack turkey between two apple slices or even between two cucumber slices...
Make your own Bento Box....2 hard boiled eggs, 4 whole grain Wasa Crackers, 1/4 cup of hummus, 6 baby carrots, English Cucumber stix, 1 Ounce or 1 square of Dark over 70% Cocoa, 1 apple quartered
Oscar Mayer Mesquite Shaved Turkey Slices...2 ounces or 6 slices only 60 calories...add to 2 cups of romaine lettuce another 20 calories , 2 ounces of Margon Mixed sprouts 45 calories, 1 Roma tomato 15 calories and 1/2 cup of 4% milk fat cottage cheese to moisten at 45 calories for a total 175 calorie meal...add 2 small plums for another 60 calories
Stuffed Celery with Gorgonzola, with antipasto consisting of 3 slices of Oscar Mayer 97% Fat Free Balogna, Green Pepper slices, Anchovies, Prosciutto, Greek salad peppers, Oil and Vinegar, No Bread
Tuna Waldorf 1 chopped apple, 1 can of tuna in water, 4 chopped walnuts. 1 tsp. of lite mayo, romaine leaves, 2tbs of Fage 0% Fat Free yogurt. Mix and serve.
Chicken Salad made with Chopped Celery, A TAD OF Mayo, Bacon Bits if desired and top with 1 tsp. of flaxseeds...OR low-carb chicken salad with diced skinless chicken, reduced-fat mayo, a squirt of Dijon mustard for tang, minced onion and celery, and additional seasonings to taste.
1 Pork Chop 200 calories no need for bread...add raw veggies like carrots with a ranch dip or hummus on the side...Mott's unsweetened applesauce container
9 Medium Shrimp are only 50 calories....surround them with Romaine and take some cocktail sauce with you
If you still want bread switch to rye... Rye bread may be better for you because of the way the sugars get absorbed into your blood. I get Rye with caraway seeds sliced thinly at the deli and two thin slices are 132 calories...I get the fiber and know that sugars in rye flour are absorbed into my bloodstream much more slowly...which seems to m ake me less hungry
Hope this helps you.
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For something that's not made of grains but is still vaguely "bready" look up "socca" -- it's a flatbread made of chickpea flour, and it's pretty tasty.
Some things you might put on a sandwich work just as well without the bread IMO. Tuna salad is one of those things for me as it tends to make bread soggy, which I hate. I normally have it plain since we don't keep meat at home, but if and when that ever changes I'd like to try it in a real salad, 50-50 or greater ratio of vegetables to tuna, with lots of oil and vinegar as a change from mayo, and see how that comes out.
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Portable nutrition; I like to stay as whole as possible: raw veggies (with a coldpack) canned green beans or spinach (out of the can with a fork) homemade jerky turkey rollups tuna/salmon packets (with a fork) quiche muffins fresh fruit chicken strips (coldpack) cheese sticks
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I was in the same place when I started changing my eating. I'd bring a sandwich and have a bag of low fat chips. I don't worry at all about eating too much bread or grains as long as they are whole grains. But I gradually changed my lunches so I was having a sandwhich and a small salad and over time started have a BIG salad with all sorts of veggies and maybe one serving of a grain or one slice of whole wheat bread. I use olive oil and vinegar on the salad as I stay away from bottled dressings.
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Sometimes I eat a small amount of almonds in place of pretzels or crackers. I too eat salads and make stews with lean meat and veggies. Sometimes I snack on Dannon Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip (only 25 cal per 2 tbsp) with some veggies from a bag of raw carrots, brocolli, and cauliflower. If tired of stews and salads, sometimes I make lemon pepper chicken and put a veggie like waxed beans, or green beans seasoned with Mrs. Dash seasonings or Molly McButter to season the veggies. I take all this stuff for lunch at work. I'm working on getting away from sandwiches too, good luck in reaching your goals! Popcorn is a good snack too to keep you away from crackers.
So normally I'm not one to jump on a fad diet plan like eliminating x-type of food, but I've been tracking for about 6 months now and I have definitely noticed that a lot of my calories do come from grains/breads. Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing as grains provide our bodies with a lot of great nutrients, but I would like to cut down on how much processed grain products I eat.
I generally eat oatmeal most mornings for breakfast and that's not something I want to change, nor do I want to stop eating other grains like quinoa, spelt, couscous, etc but I find that I eat a lot of bread and/or wraps. A big part of this is being a student/worker and packing a sandwich for lunch is just really simple and quick. And while I try to eat breads made with whole grains, that are not filled with sugars and preservatives etc, and that have good fibre content, I feel like I have a dependency on bread as a boring and not that great for me staple. Help, I'm in a sandwich rut!
I'd like some alternatives to grains, especially bread and crackers. I've been rediscovering my love of hearty salads and I often make homemade soups over the weekend that I can bring with me as leftovers, but I don't want to just eat that either...
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