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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,187
9/1/13 9:22 A

Some ideas

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 50 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

1/2 Avocado with stuffed crabmeat ....2-4 ounces crabmeat with mayo on a bed of lettuce about 6 carbs

3 cup Spinach Salad with 2 slices of crumbled bacon, 1 Sliced Eggs, 10 Sliced mushrooms, sprinkle of of Parm, 1, medium tomato into wedges or 10 grape tomatoes, Ken's Caesar Lite Dressing, Sprinkle of flaxseeds on top of the baby spinach. 5 Fat Free Seasoned croutons for crunch. Keep the dressing in a small container and drizzle over salad when ready to eat.
Add a nectarine or peach for dessert.

Tuna Waldorf
1 chopped apple,1 can of tuna in water, 4 chopped walnuts, some celery chopped thinly, 1 tsp of lite mayo, romaine leaves, 2tbs of Fage 0% Fat Free yogurt. Mix!

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.

Chickpea Toss
In a bowl mix 1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup of rinsed canned chickpeas, 1/4 cup of chopped red onion, 1 tsp. of red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. of olive oil and a sprinkle of garlic powder and black pepper. Chill.

How about some cooked shrimp, lemon, ketchup and horseradish sauce for dipping....over a bed of romaine....

Kidney Bean Salad
1 can of kidney beans, drained
1 Tablespoon of Relish
1 1/2 Teaspoons of grated onion
2 Tbs. of mayonnaise
Dash of salt and pepper

Mix all together and chill a few hours. Stir before serving. When ready to serve cut a tomato open like a flower and put kidney bean mixture on top or just serve alone or as a side.

A chop has about 200 calories! Get center cut or loin chops which is leaner. Grill the night before..add a squirt of Kraft Horseradish sauce for unsweetened applesauce cup, and a small salad.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 9/1/2013 (09:25)
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9/1/13 1:50 A

Left overs are a good idea. Also there are recipes for quick soups and if you choose one with a mix of items such as chicken noodle soups you can pair it was a salad or veggies into a meal. There is also microwave brown rice cups that are quick to have for a side dish with a protein and veggie. Sweet or regular potatoes can be made in the microwave as well.

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8/31/13 10:57 P

lipton makes a less than 100 cal chicken noodle soup, you just add boiling water, i always keep those at my desk, actually i pretty much have everything i could ever want, at my desk.. i have a mini fridge behind me, which i try to keep stocked with cut carrots, snap peas, and various fruits and veggies, i also keep banana's, grapefruits, and apples around. i try to keep lunch down to 1 cup of pasta or rice (i mix it up changing from rice, potaotes, cous cous, rice vermecelli, spaghetti, elbow pasta... ususally leftovers) and 1 or 2 cups of veggies, lately i've been buying frozen veggies, like the roasted sweet potato or broccoli, as they are ready with 2 minutes in the microwave if you thaw them in the fridge overnight. other easy things are sheppards pie, which i throw half a can of corn, cooked meat ( steak, chicken, ground beef whatever you have) and cooked (preferably mashed) potatoes on top. i also keep yougurt, and no sugar added apple sauces on hand. usually though, leftovers are a winner for me, as i can pack them as soon as i dish out supper.

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8/29/13 10:36 P

I actually do have access to a microwave at work. Since posting this, I have made it a point to fix a little extra at dinner and take left overs at work a couple of times. I have also decided to mix things up a little bit. Instead of a traditional salad, I have tried a spinach, strawberry and walnut salad. I also made an awesome steak salad tonight and saved some for my lunch tomorrow as well! I have been checking into other easy to make items, because I know me. If I have a salad each and everyday, I'm going to get tired of it pretty quick. But thanks for all the good ideas!

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8/29/13 10:33 P

Now a lunch crock. That is an awesome idea! I would like to find one of those!

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8/28/13 9:26 P

If you don't have access to a microwave and just your lunch bag or the refrigerator you could do either wraps, pitas, spring rolls, or even pasta salads. You could add to your salads by doing tuna, chicken, seafood, egg or ham salad instead of just the plain lettuce and vegetables.

Finding new things for lunch is always hard. I don't know if you're a fan or not but I'll also check pinterest to come up with new ideas.

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8/26/13 5:31 P

Do you have access to a microwave at work?

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8/26/13 9:39 A

I also live in " small town America"...I have brought basically the same basic lunch for years
Deli turkey or ham W/ cheese on 45 cal. WW bread,
Special K or Veggie chips
Light Greek Yogurt
Half Cup frozen mixed fruit
I am getting tired of it, so I bought a "lunch crock". It is a little crock pot for heating leftover or soup, (NOT for cooking) it has a handle and looks like a lunch tote. It works well and I can now change up lunch when I want. It cost about $20.
We do have a micro here, but others are always using it. So this little crock is very handy!

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8/25/13 5:29 P

I know there is salads, but I am really looking for great tasting, easy to pack lunches for work. I work in a rural community with no really good food choices available as the town is packed with fast food restaurants.

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