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RACHEL2WRITER
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1/3/13 5:20 P

Leftovers
Salad with tuna or lean meat and low fat dressing
Sandwich on whole wheat with light mayo, FF cheese, lean meat
Hummus and baby carrots
Triscuits and FF cheese
I also sometimes make a big batch of soup on weekends that hubbie and I can take for lunches

Don't forget to pack some healthy snacks, too! I always throw a couple pieces of fruit, raw veggies, measured portion of almonds, etc. in my bag and keep some SF instant oatmeal, nuts, and canned no sugar fruit in my desk for emergencies. I've found I do best if I have a FF yogurt and piece of fruit about half hour before I leave work. I have a long commute, so a snack before driving keeps me from being tempted by all the fast food places I pass on the way home.




PUDGYPUDDLEPIG
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1/3/13 8:58 A

On the weekends, or when I have time, I make a huge pot of 15 beans soup and freeze it in single serving containers so when I'm in a rush in the morning I just grab a container and go. At lunch I just nuke it and add a piece of fruit. More often than not it's an apple emoticon

~Namaste~



CELESTIALGIRL
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1/1/13 6:11 P

Greek pasta salad:
1/2 c. cold whole wheat pasta
Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, bit of onion
feta cheese (1 TBSP)
5 olives
1 TBSP greek salad dressing

If I add LOTS of veggies I don't notice there's not very much pasta in the recipe.



HHB4181
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12/21/12 7:06 P

left over SP slow cooker chicken salsa and an organic gala apple



1GROVES2
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12/21/12 11:21 A

sandwich on oroweat flat bun, with 3 slices oscar mayer deli turkey (25 cal.) i slice provalone cheese, yellow mustard,
half serving veggie chips or special K chips
half cup frozen fruit
half cup Fage 0% plain Greek yogurt
This is what I take nearly everyday, little varience, sometimes I have ham instead of turkey, sometimes a different cheese,sometimes celery & carrots but this is basically what I have brought for lunch for the last 3 years



HIKINCHICK
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12/8/12 11:50 P

In addition to making a pot of soup or meat/vegetable dish on the weekend to portion out for lunches during the week, I also will buy lunches in the frozen meal section of the grocery store, which I keep at work in the freezer, so I always have something to eat that is quick and nutritious. The worst thing, I figure, is to skip lunch, cause then my body gets mixed up and I have lower energy to complete my work. I usually work later, so then when dinner is late, I'm in "starvation mode" if I skip lunch.

I'm really careful which frozen lunches that I buy. The two brands that I will buy are Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice and sometimes Smart Ones (Weight Watchers variety). The draw back of frozen meals is that they tend to be higher in salt content and have simple carbs, like pasta or white rice. So, there are certain ones that I tend to buy after looking over the calorie/fat/salt contents on the back. There is a beef/brocolli one without other carbos, a ginger chicken one that is delicious and some chicken/ vege ones that I like. The benefit is that these brands tend to have reasonably low calories, like 350 and under, 5-6 grams of fat and 10-12 grams of protein. I don't buy ones that are much more than this. The other benefit is that I know that even when I'm rushed at work, I can have a quick microwave meal that is reasonably nutritious and not skip an important meal. I will eat these 1-2 days a week and bring home cooked food the other days.

I also always bring either an apple or orange for a snack. When I plan ahead, I love to bring celery with almond or peanut butter. My breakfast is always high protein; either 2 scrambled eggs, a greek yogurt or a hard boiled egg and an apple.

Oh yeah, the other thing I forgot to mention is that I only buy them when they are on sale for $1.75 - 2.00 each. I put my name on them with a permanent marker so they are still in the freezer at work when I go to fix one. This works better at work than at home. LOL



HHB4181
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12/8/12 10:49 P

Lately I've been making slow cooker meals at night, and I make enough that I can take left overs for lunch. It's been working out great!



MCAFEE34
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12/8/12 10:38 P

spinach salad with blue cheese crumbles emoticon



DIDS70
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12/7/12 10:03 A

I make myself a smoothie and sip it through my lunch hour.

Sometimes I make a salad.

Apples with nut butter is a good one too. Sometimes I will add in carrots and celery.

I don't usually have leftovers from the night before because when i prepare my meals it is only for me. I have plenty of cut up veggies and fruit, nuts and seeds. Only do meat once in a while.



POPSECRET
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12/5/12 9:43 P

Usually leftovers from dinner the night before.

But during the summer, its almost always a salad.

Also, I'll keep a few things in my office that I can build a lunch with for days I didn't have time to pack anything. Like a healthy can of soup, oatmeal, fruit, almond butter, etc.



CPILLS1970
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12/4/12 10:51 A

I eat the same thing for lunch during the week:

1 serving of Reduced Fat Wheat Thins
2 Laughing Cow light cheese wedges
1 apple

I do also keep snacking supplies at my desk, in case my lunch doesn't cut it until dinner (which does sometimes happen).



FITNESSFOODIE
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11/4/12 11:00 A

I usually do leftovers and weekend soups and stews also. But I keep an assortment of emergency supplies at work too, for when I'm stuck. I have quite a few packaged chili bowls and soups that are shelf stable, no fridge or freezer required. whole grain crackers, meal replacement bars, 100 cal almond packs, etc. I also have those fruitcups in juice, applesauce no suger and more to add to meals.



YELLOWDAHLIA
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11/4/12 10:53 A

I eat the same thing every day for lunch at work...Progresso Chicken & Barley Soup- 160 calories...and Light Yogurt...100 calories.



DANCEMOM1970
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11/4/12 2:28 A

I do a variety of things for work lunches. Main thing for me is to keep it simple, which means often I'll plan the same thing for a whole week. Here are some of my more popular choices:

1. Silhouette yogurt with frozen berries (thawed by lunchtime) and bran buds. Apple, pear or banana on the side and sometimes a sugar free bran muffin or Fiber One granola bar. Early in the week I'll measure out the yogurt into containers, make individual bags of frozen fruit and put in the freezer and measure the bran buds into little bags. Easy to pack each night.

2. Salad of chopped celery and bell pepper and a small can of spicy Thai chili flavored tuna over it. Same sides as #1.

3. In cold weather I like to make a soup like lentil or cauliflower on the weekend and portion it out into microwavable containers to make it easy. Same sides for this lunch too.



NEWSGIRL448
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10/29/12 11:37 A

A bowl of grapes and a cup of Kellogg's cereal most days. Today, I packed 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 slices whole wheat bread, banana, small bag of grape tomatoes and pork rinds. Lunch is often very difficult for me as my work schedule is so hectic. I sometimes bring left overs depending on what I've cooked the night before.



POPSECRET
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10/29/12 8:44 A

Usually leftovers. A lot of times I'll purposely make lots of extra (chilli, soups, cassaroles) so I won't have to worry about lunch that week.

During the summer I usually pick a salad (taco salad, buffalo chicken salad, pasta salad, etc) and make all the elements, then throw them together before I leave for work that day.

In a pinch I'll have a few cans of soup on hand.



SUNGIRL822
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10/26/12 8:55 A

i live alone and cook for one. If there are leftovers i would eat them along with dinner.

For lunch I buy ham or roast beef from healthy ones. I buy low fat white bread it's 35 calories a slice and then i put pickles and onions that i've precut the night before or when I was cutting everything else earlier in the week.

For that rare instance that I don't have a sandwich I buy a couple lean cuisines and leave them in the freezer at work. A lot of people have a problem with the sodium. i don't.



DIDS70
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10/25/12 2:12 P

Normally I eat a large salad or veggie mix of some kind since I am mainly vegan raw. I change up the salad with what I put in it.



CLRWILLIAMS25
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10/24/12 11:13 A

On Sundays, I make lunch for either 2 or 3 days. Over the summer, I made up salads (I have a dressing bottle at work). Now that it is cooler, I bring soup. Usually lentil soup or a variation of minestrone. I also have 1 apple and 1c yogurt for snack around 2:30. I also bring leftovers from dinner (chicken to add to my salad, or a container of leftovers to reheat).




KPA1B2
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10/17/12 6:46 P

I usually take leftovers. If not that, then a frozen dinner.



HOLISTICDETOXER
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10/17/12 5:45 P

Soup, quiche/frittata, curries, "fried" brown rice with vegetables, etc...



JENNN77
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10/15/12 2:20 P

A lot of times it's leftovers from the night before. Sometimes I make a large salad with protein or lunch meat, hummus or cottage cheese, assorted veggies, and lettuce leaves (roll ingredients together) for a sandwich/salad combo. If you can cook extra meat the night before you can do many different things with veggies to add to the meat; salad, roasted vegetables, sweet potato, kale slaw, fruit, etc. Now that it is getting cooler vegetable soups are always great.



1GROVES2
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10/15/12 1:47 P

My 99% of the time work place lunch:
Sandwich made with:
Oroweat WW flat bun,Sara Lee Delightful WW bread, Mrs. Bairds WW bread
3 slices Oscar Mayer deli ham or turkey
1 wedge Laughing Cow Swiss cheese or 1 slice ProvaloneChips
and:
15- Special K sea salt chips or Perfect Portions Veggie chips
1/4 Cup-Fage plain Greek yogurt
1/4 Cup- frozen mixed fruit
I 3- 16 oz bottles of water



THRIFTINGQUEEN
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10/12/12 1:14 P

I cook in bulk on Sundays and that usually includes a pasta dish loaded veggies and protein and salads. I like buying everything at once, chopping my vegetables up (whatever is on sale for the week), packing them up individually then grabbing for work every morning.



JENMC14
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10/12/12 8:26 A

My husband typically gets our leftovers, so I also brown bag it.

I mix and match from the following, usually:

A sandwich (low carb, whole wheat bread, 1 slice reduced fat cheese with 1 serving lunch meat)
Soup (1 serving, this is only occasionally)
Salad with lunch meat or pre-cooked chicken
Beans with meat and/or cheese (Great Northern Beans with Ham and black beans with chicken, salsa & cheese are two I love. Ham with blackeyed peas and a bit of mayo for a cold salad is great, too.)
Fruit
Yogurt
Celery/baby carrots/other raw veg
A wrap (same fillings as sandwich, only on a corn or low carb or whole wheat tortilla)

You can also make chicken or tuna salad and have on a salad or in a sandwich or wrap.



YOJULEZ
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10/11/12 3:20 P

What about leftovers from the night before? That's what I usually do. I only cook for 2 so we always have at least 2 servings left over. I portion it out the night before into a plastic container and so I can just grab it and go in the morning.



MRSRICHEY73011
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10/10/12 8:57 P

Hi everyone!

I'm kinda new here, and I'm finding one of my biggest problems is packing myself a lunch for work. (I work full time at a doctors office and get a half an hour for lunch).

Can anyone link me to some good lunch idea's or post them here?

THANKS!

Jamie



 
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