Missy Joy, I came across a food container set at Ross the other day. It comes complete with one nice size food container (7"x4"x5"), two small containers, (5"x2"x3 1/2") and a thin freezer block to keep everything cold. This would be ideal for you. I bought one. It's called "fit and fresh" and cost $5.99.
Fitness Minutes: (15,701)
253 8/22/11 10:06 A
I have a fridge at work now, but when I didn't used to, I brought a can of tuna, some crackers, and picked up mayo and relish packets from the cafeteria. I used the can opener on my swiss army knife to open the tuna. If there is a microwave, you could also bring frozen burritos. They'll keep cold enough until lunch when you microwave them.
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2,628 8/18/11 9:23 A
I have started eating humus with crackers. Fills me up and lasts a long time.
I worked in construction for 30+ years, a six pack cooler and ice packs will keep about anything cold for 4 hours or more. Most of the time my cooler was in my truck or on the site somewhere in the sun. I took turkey breast, salads, and veggies just about every day. Coolers today are far better than what I used then.
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101,026 8/9/11 6:41 P
I ditto everything Armsports says. In fact, that sounds like my lunchbox today! I bought a very large soft-sided cooler and two "blue ice" packs.
At one time or another, I have eaten everything on Armsports' list below from my lunch bag. The salad is my most versatile option. I mix up the dressing (oil/vinegar and my splurge of low-fat blue cheese/hot sauce), the meat (canned tuna or chicken), the extra toppings (hard-boiled eggs celery, carrots, onions, sunflower seeds). You can get a lot of variation in it.
But on your sandwiches, mix them up too. Try lean roast beef, turkey, lean ham, or any others. Also add cheese or take it away. Add onions, lettuce, tomato, brown mustard, yellow mustard, oil/vinegar, guacamole. Let your imagination run wild! It sounds like it might take a lot of time, but once you develop a routine, it becomes easy.
Are you willing to pack a small coolant and lunch container? If so, your choices can be much more varied. Overall, your focus should be on protein, healthy fats and slow-digesting carbs to keep you focused during the afternoon.
-Greek Yogurt (plain) with your own added fruit (think berries or melon) -Hard boiled egg -Reduced fat cheese sticks -Salad with dark greens, tomatoes, grilled chicken breast and vinegar/olive oil dressing (in separate container, of course) -Almonds -Vacuum packed tuna -Natural peanut butter on whole grain muffin w/ skim milk etc....
I work in a kiosk in a mall where we have no lunch room (read: no refrigerator / microwave). I've been bringing my lunches because it's too expensive to buy lunch in the food court every day, but I'm so sick of my Sandwich + Carrot sticks + Apple slices that I'm about to boycott lunch all together. Does anyone have any suggestions for lunch ideas that don't require refrigeration or reheating?
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