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LACEFACEX SparkPoints: (0)
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3/15/12 1:28 A

I am in love with salsa-baked talapia!! It was on of the daily recipes that come through my email! I am a very picky eater so most i delete, but decided to try this one and now i have it at least once a week!!

GUMMYSNAKE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/9/12 5:46 A

Chicken salad with chopped almonds and lots of veges. Sometime I add this salad in my sandwich. yum!

BARLOWS1 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/31/12 1:05 P

Yesterday I mixed up some canned salmon, chopped hard boiled egg, chopped jicama, chopped celery and 2 tbs of lite mayo. Calories for 1/2 cup = 95. I then placed a half cup of this mixture on a bed of fesh baby spinach and drizzled a tbs of olive oil over it. Today I will have it again. Its good, good 4 you, low cal and hardly any sodium.

CHANGINGSAM Posts: 3,991
1/31/12 11:28 A

Today, I am having "Easy Black Beans and Rice" for lunch. It's a recipe I found on Spark Recipes. It's low calorie and low fat.

I've found a few recipes for lunch on Spark Recipes. Try there.

1/31/12 10:40 A

I read someone saying that lunch can be challenging for someone who is not a big meat-eater. I disagree! I'm vegan and I have a different lunch every day. If want to stick to the Food Court at work, a veggie subway from Subway is perfect, without the cheese of course. Or I buy a veggie sushi, or veggies and brown rice from the Teriyaki place. I bring bananas and apples to work to snack on. Lunch from home usually consists of a barley and veg stew that I made in the slow cooker. Very filling, my favourite lunch actually, with a cup of herbal tea and a tiny bit of agave nectar sweetener. Or I bring veggies and home-made hummus, or a bagel with peanut butter and jam. It's actually kind of hard for me to decide what to have every day.

PERDIDOKEY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/31/12 10:07 A

I use to make a wrap with a high fiber tortilla, lots of spinach, grilled chicken, bell peppers, sundried tomatoes, fresh parsely, olives and carrot sticks with lowfat shredded cheese and top it with free ranch. My local store stopped carrying the low calorie tortilla's I like so I haven't been making them. Also, I don't like the bottled free ranch so i get fat free sour cream and mix in a packet of ranch and use that for salads and sandwiches throughout the week.

1/31/12 9:24 A

I usually pack a turkey sandwich with lettuce and mustard on Arnold's health nut bread and I finish it off with fruit (usually strawberries or an orange) or Greek yogurt.

FARRAH511 Posts: 2,639
1/31/12 9:03 A

What great ideas here. I tend to eat the same things over and over, and I'm really trying to add some new options to my menu.

NEICEE3 SparkPoints: (19)
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1/31/12 8:53 A


Love your recipe and your quote

1/30/12 9:59 P

You absolutely must plan ahead. But if I don't have time to prepare, I simply bake a sweet potato in the microwave.

TJCWIK SparkPoints: (19,744)
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1/30/12 9:50 P

I often have an apple and 3 oz of nuts (almonds or peanuts). Easy to pack if I'm traveling and quick if I am at home.

KDITTY Posts: 69
1/30/12 6:12 P

I love soup for lunch. If I'm still hungry, I'll have a salad or a sandwich with it. I've posted the recipes for many of my favorites here. Enjoy! emoticon

BARLOWS1 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/30/12 12:56 P

That sounds great but how much sodium is in the Walden Farms?

JAOTTO SparkPoints: (0)
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1/30/12 11:24 A

Walden Farms pasta sauce (0 cal/0 fat) on to of miracle noodles (tofu for 20 cal/serving) with steamed vegetables.

BING67 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/30/12 10:53 A

I cook a black bean veggie burger (morning star) and stuff it in a pita with a little diced cucumber, shredded carrot, diced peppers, a dash of jalepeno. Once in a while i add a sliver of avocado. I have it with a glass of unsweet peppermint tea. VERY filling!

GLAMIAM SparkPoints: (0)
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1/29/12 4:20 P

So many great ideas here- My grocery list is growing.

I usually use Sundays to grill some chicken breasts to put into salads and wraps for the week.

I love the bags of broccoli slaw at the grocery store for lunches. Lettuce-based salads don't fill me long enought, but the broccoli slaw is much more filling for practically no calories. You can add whatever light dressing and some protien. Right now I'm mixing the broccoli with diced grilled chicken, Ken's Light Asian dressing and peanuts for a really filling lunch. Or I can mix the broccoli with italian dressing, leftover chicken, some feta and roasted peppers. I make a big batch on Sundays and it lasts for lunches till Wednesday.

On other days, I take leftovers from the previous nights dinner. It keeps me from overeating at dinner because I know I have to leave some for lunch the next day.

SCORPIOCANDY SparkPoints: (27,170)
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1/29/12 3:16 P

I just had a delicious sandwich: Orowheat Sandwich Thin with garlic hummus, cheese (I use rice cheese) and alfalfa sprouts.

SASSY-NAK SparkPoints: (56,718)
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1/29/12 2:29 P

Who needs a Panini Maker? I have dusted off my mini George Foreman grill and have been making "panini" sandwiches on the grill. Whole Wheat bread (2 slices) leftover chicken breast sliced thin, WW swiss cheese, a little avocado and a couple slices of tomato. Slap some mustard on it and put it in the grill for two minutes!! Yum. Have used it for salmon/fish/veggie burgers, etc.

1/29/12 2:06 P

I am enjoying turkey on Flat Out bread now with raw carrots on the side. I spread a wedge of Laughing cow Garlic cheese on it. Very yummy!

OHMYGOD49 SparkPoints: (14,309)
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1/29/12 1:06 P

Wow! What great ideas here. I tend to eat the same things over and over. Not being a big meat eater can make it challenging.

BABYSTEPS84 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/29/12 1:19 A

Plan ahead! I actually haven't changed a lot of what I eat, I changed how MUCH I eat.

BARLOWS1 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/28/12 10:54 P

A word to the wise. Be careful with your salad dressings. If they are low fat and low cal they are usually high in sodium and you don't want high sodium because then you will retain water.

PTWRDH SparkPoints: (1,295)
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1/28/12 10:05 P

I enjoy a chicken salad made from poached chicken tenders, seasoned with salt, pepper and curry...I add an entire apple cut into chunks and sprinkle with craisins. I prepare the chicken by placing frozen chicken tenders in a pot, covering them with water, bring water to a boil then remove from heat and allow chicken to cook in the hot water for 20mins. I keep the chicken in the fridge ready to be used in the chicken salad or on top of salads. A favorite salad is placing cubed chicken over salad greens, using Ken's light Asian dressing, and topping with no sugar added mandarin oranges and almond accents. Yummy! Another salad version is to place the cubed chicken over salad, add a diced apple and use Ken's light honey mustard dressing, almonds and a little harvarti cheese on top good also. I have enjoyed the post everyone has shared and look forward to trying them!

BARLOWS1 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/28/12 5:06 P

Like to stay away from the processed meats that are so high in sodium and the canned soups. I'm on a spinach kick right now. So I've been making either tuna, salmon or tilapia salad with egg and celery. Then place all on a bed of fresh spinach and drizzle a tblsp of olive oil over it and some freshly squeezed lemon.

CTRSARA SparkPoints: (14,593)
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1/28/12 1:55 P

I just had a piece of whole wheat toast with an oz of avocado and a big slice of deli turkey, sprinkled with garlic salt for lunch, with sides of sliced jicama fruit, carrot sticks. Yummy!

1/28/12 10:20 A

all great ideas guys thanks!!!
One of my fav lunches is a low carb buffalo chicken wrap with a romaine salad.

I cook one chicken filet on my george foreman grill and season with adobo (lightly) and chili flakes. cut it up with kitchen shears, throw it in a low carb wrap (wrap itz brand i think) and sprinkle a pinch of schredded low cal mozzarella. I add a drizzle of Frank's buffalo hot sauce and boom, buffalo wing craving killed! Plus the romaine salad is really filling :)

1/28/12 9:44 A

Soup is usually my go to lunch, but a turkey wrap is always a welcome change!!!

SOUTHERNSASS7 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/28/12 8:18 A

I have recently fallen in love with sandwich thins. They are only 100 calories, and when you toast them, they are AMAZING! I toss some thinly-sliced roasted turkey on there with a bunch of lettuce, a little bit of cheese, and some tabasco or mustard on the side. For a sandwich lover like myself, it's a great alternative to your normal, higher-calorie sandwich.

I also have found veggie pasta. It's only 200 calories for 2 oz, and I cook it up and toss it in some light parmesean alfredo sauce (only 60 calories for 1/4 cup) and sometime toss in a couple grilled chicken strips. The veggie pasta is a full serving of veggies, and it makes for a pretty filling lunch!

Also - leftovers, leftovers, leftovers! I am only cooking for myself, so whenever I make something, it's enough to last me several days. I just portion it out and take some to work with me!

ISSA1010 Posts: 768
1/28/12 8:00 A

I make turkey wraps with Flat Out flatbreads. A little turkey, some spinach and other veggies, maybe a little feta cheese, and fat free ranch dressing makes a very filling lunch! I add an apple and then I'm really full for awhile!

THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,728)
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1/28/12 6:34 A

3 oz boneless chicken breast, Fruit, vegetable

GENEVIEVE135 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/27/12 5:00 P

great ideas emoticon

SMOKYHILLS SparkPoints: (0)
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1/27/12 4:52 P

I always remind myself that I didn't get this way overnight and I can't expect results overnight takes time, but I am worth it and so are you! This response if for Linda down the line of posts who asked her hubby about "when she will see results"

Edited by: SMOKYHILLS at: 1/27/2012 (16:54)
JUDIGAY63 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/27/12 4:31 P

Thank you! Great ideas! I'm going to try adding the dill to the egg salad I make. And - I never thought of turkey bacon as being in a low sodium diet - I'll check it out!

MICHERU Posts: 37
1/27/12 12:16 P

I make egg salad with just a little bit of light mayo, enough to get it moist, with two eggs, dijon mustard, scallions, paprika, onion powder, dried dill weed, and salt and pepper.
Cook 1-2 slices of turkey bacon, chop and mix and serve it with lots of lettuce. It is super refreshing and has tons of protein and will keep you full for huge length of time.
If you want to try adding some tuna to this egg salad, I am sure it would taste great too, and add even more protein.

ADYBECKA SparkPoints: (0)
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1/27/12 8:47 A

I love homemade lentil soup - use lentils, aduki beans and mung beans with onion, carrot and celery and either veg or chicken stock. Cook until soft. This can be used as a side dish for fish or meat, with the remainder just add more stock, blitz, and serve. Make enough for 3 meals!

RITA-RR Posts: 61
1/26/12 11:33 P

boiled egg with one pita bread + tomato + salt and pepper

SHIPMANK Posts: 98
1/26/12 9:18 P

turkey lettuce wraps!
I make about 3 wraps, using 6 leaves of Romaine lettuce, 3-4 oz. turkey, light mayo with chives/green onions and garlic salt. Wrap the lettuce around the other ingredients with some light swiss and pair with some fruit and tea/water and I'm set until around 5!
So good and convienient- it's like a salad you can hold!

MAYAPAPAYA150 Posts: 378
1/26/12 6:33 P

tonight I made pizza rolls and they were low cal, had protein, super quick and easy and DELICIOUS! I used Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran, Whole Wheat Lavash as the crust - 1 serving, added a spoonful of marinara sauce and 1 oz. grated Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar, some fresh oregano and basil, put it in the microwave for 1 minute, took it out, rolled it up, cut it into chunks and BAM - pizza rolls.

KKANE11 Posts: 8
1/26/12 4:04 P

I tried the bean, salsa, avocado mixture and it was delish! (I made two batches: one for myself and my co-worker.) After I put it together, I thought that it wasn't going to be filling but I was so stuffed 3/4 through.

Thanks for the idea!

Edited by: KKANE11 at: 1/26/2012 (16:04)
CHARLOTTE1947 SparkPoints: (44,675)
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1/26/12 12:29 P

I made a large tossed salad last night as a side for supper. So today I will have what is left over from that topped with tuna salad. Since my tuna has light mayonnaise in it, that will be my "salad dressing". I will also enjoy a glass of iced green tea.

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1/26/12 9:36 A

I have low cal bread and hummus,chicken and laughing cow cheese sandwich and a piece of fuirt emoticon

LINDAVB4251 SparkPoints: (63,281)
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1/26/12 8:18 A

I love this idea. I have exercised more than ever and more consistently. And i am working on the better planning of my meals. Maybe not only my meals, but also healthy snacks.

Last night I was questioning my husband about when I might be able to see positive results for what I have been doing. He said 'How long did it take you to see the results of what you HAD been doing? It will take a while. Just keep at it."

4 weeks to see a difference in least.

Thank you!

MAYAPAPAYA150 Posts: 378
1/25/12 5:45 P

This is my super fast wrap - it has way less calories than the burrito sized tortillas I used to use and has more protein, fiber and good for you stuff! Easy. Use Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran, Whole Wheat Lavash (I start with half a bread which is one serving and that usually fills me up, if not, I will eat the other half and it is still only 100 calories for the lavash), hummus, lower sodium oven roasted deli turkey meat, maybe some 75% reduced fat cheddar cheese if I'm in the mood, and then a whole bunch of veggies. Roll it up. Eat it. Be happy.

MUSICMIX92 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/25/12 2:27 P

I like salads and soup. I make it before I leave for class (i commute) or work. I keep different beans on hand for protein since I only eat one serving of white meat a day. Black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans in containers. Sometimes if we have left over chickem i will use that. Either Feta or a another crumbly cheese. Cucumber tomato,beets. Hard boil egg sometimes. And then but some dressing on the side right now lime basil is my favorite! I also usually put a small amount of almonds or walnuts on. In the spring I will start putting some fruit on it. i never put anything fried on it!!!!!

Soup wise french onion is my favorite. I like the ones you can buy and pop in the microwave.

I just like anything i can assemble quickly before I leave.

MRSQUTPIE55 SparkPoints: (11,477)
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1/25/12 12:40 P

For lunch I usually eat fresh vegetables and sometimes baked chicken and baked potato

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1/25/12 5:48 A

I've started making a "hot salad" to add veggies to my lunch over the winter. Basically I chop up cabbage, carrots, broccoli/cauliflower, celery, and onions; and steam them in the microwave. When they're done I take a 1 cup portion for lunch and toss it with a tablespoon of Asian dressing like ginger miso or sesame. Reheat for 1 minute in the microwave at work.

1DRWOMAN Posts: 2,151
1/24/12 9:39 P

I like to make The Biggest Loser's White Chili, Tuna salad sandwich, veggie burgers, soup, and sadly I do have almost the same salad everyday which is cucumber tomato and red onion...sometimes with feta added. :) I like to change my lunches often...hate the same thing everyday but my salad usually is the same. :)

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1/24/12 9:37 P

Great ideas! Thank you everyone for sharing

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1/24/12 7:06 P

Progresso light soups, bag of cut fresh veggies, 1 laughing cow light wedge, 1 oz of sandwich meat and a piece of fruit. It helps me to eat more frequently, so I have the veggies, cheese & meat with hot tea around 11am, then the soup and fruit around 1 pm. I'm able to cruise through the afternoon with a light snack of 1 - 2 T of dry roasted peanuts & a 100 calorie pack of microwave popcorn. I don't mind eating the same thing for many days in a row, so this is my 'go to' right now. emoticon

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1/24/12 6:58 P

I am a firm believer in the idea that if you have access to a fridge and microwave, anything can be lunch. I typically cook a batch of meals on the weekend and eat them throughout the week, but I do change it up every week. Last week I made vegetarian moussaka with eggplant, bulgur and Yves veggie ground in a spiced tomato sauce topped with (accidentally whole-wheat) bechamel sauce. It was only about 300 calories per serving! This week I've been eating saffron-roasted cauliflower (roasted with sultanas and red onions), along with homemade roasted red pepper hummus and whole-wheat pita bread. I'm thinking maybe (vegetarian) taco salad next week (I'll probably make my own corn tortillas from scratch, then bake them into chips).

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1/24/12 6:41 P

Cottage cheese with fresh fruit, whole wheat crackers

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1/24/12 5:54 P

On Sundays I cut up raw vegetables like purple cabbage (very crunchy and fills me up), broccoli, carrots, etc. Each has their own bag and in the morning before I leave for work I grab a handful from some (or all) of them and put into a large zip lock bag. That is what I snack on during the day instead of reaching for something not healthy.

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1/24/12 5:52 P

That is a great idea!!

MEGAFEE Posts: 416
1/24/12 2:22 P

When I'm working, I often bring a tupperware container with me filled with a couple of cups of frozen veggies (broccoli, green beans, cauliflower are all in heavy rotation) and about 6-8 ounces of sliced frozen chicken. I then heat it up when I'm ready for lunch. That and a yogurt gives me plenty of protein, some filling fiber, 2-3 servings of veggies, plus calcium, and keeps me going for under 500 calories--enough that I finish out the afternoon without feeling snacky before dinner. I also make vegetable soup or vegetarian chili a couple of weekends a month, and package a bunch of the leftovers for the freezer, so if I'm running late, I can just grab a container and run. Since I'm making it from scratch, I get to control how much fat, salt, etc. is included, and a cup and a half container will only run about 300 calories or so.

I personally can't even index salads during the winter--the heat in my office building is very fickle, and I usually feel the need for something warm for lunch from about October to April! But just because you're not eating salad doesn't mean you can't eat healthy and get lots of veggies, too!

CATHYP59 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/12 2:02 P

that sounds like a good idea, i think i will do this sunday. thanks

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