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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hey fellow Sparkers,

I'm looking for some input. Sunday (the 27th) is our big annual fundraiser at church. I work the kitchen and am lucky to get one or two 5 minute breaks to eat, simply because we tend to be really short staffed and those in charge of the kitchen have to limit who works there do to the stress levels.

In the past, I've usually just eaten what's there and tried to ignore the calories, but bratwurst, instant mashed potatoes made with butter, canned green beans cooked with bacon AND butter, canned corn cooked with butter, white bread and cake or pie just doesn't appeal to me as much as it did in the past.

There will be no extra refrigerator or freezer space that day and the microwave will be unusable. Here's what I'm thinking: I'll pack an insulated lunch sack with a couple of frozen bottles of water, some baby carrots, maybe a yogurt or a Kashi bar. I'd really love some other ideas to help keep my out of all that stuff that my body doesn't need.
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THEMRSH 1/24/2013 12:51PM

    Sue there are some great ideas here. I would suggest many of the same but I would also suggest that each time you are able to sneak away to eat that you also try to balance it. In other words, eat some protein with your freggies and be sure to mix some carbs in somewhere. Here are a few pairings I would suggest:

Hard boiled egg and banana and water (proven trick used to fill you up before hitting a restaurant!)
1/2 Apple or pack of sliced apples and a cheese stick
ham/cheese rolled up alone with some veggies & hummus
ham/cheese roll up in a whole grain wrap, bread or crackers
Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with the fruit mix ins
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bar (1/2 the pack with 1TBS PB to spread)
PBJ sandwich

Add in a few single serving treats like a hershey kiss or a mint so you don't feel deprived.

Chew gum while you are working so you aren't tempted by BLT's

And at the end of the day if you have done well with your plan and it sounds appealing treat yourself to a slice of dessert and a coffee!

emoticon job planning ahead and asking for ideas!!

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LADYJ6942 1/24/2013 12:36PM

    All the suggestions here are my thoughts too. Way to go on preplanning as well.

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MONETRUBY 1/23/2013 10:11PM

    I like the idea of veggies and hummus, tasty and very filling! In addition, how about some lean protein-like some turkey breast in a whole-grain wrap, or some hard boiled eggs? The protein and healthy carbs would be a great combo to help keep you going.

I think it's great that you are planning ahead to eat healthy, and take care of yourself. Great going! I hope all goes well for you.

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GIELLIOT 1/23/2013 9:50PM

    Hi Sue! If you only have 5 minutes or so, a sandwich may be most satisfying. Bars are great, too, but feel more like a snack, and may make you want to indulge in the other food. Good bread, hummus, good lettuce or spinach, etc--really, whatever you want, of course! In an insulated pack with your ice water bottles, any sandwich should be safe. If you take fruit or veggies, be sure to slice it ahead of time.

Good luck, and congrats on planning great health! Be sure to let us know how it goes afterward. : )

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AELI2468 1/23/2013 5:49PM

    here are my on-the-go travevl snacks:
-zone protein bars (they have a good mix of fat, protein, and carbs)
- carrots or celery and hummus (technically, hummus stays in the fridge, but you could find some individual packs or just leave it in your insulated pack for a while should be fine)
- banana or apple and peanut butter (I usually get almond butter). Nowadays you can find PB and Almond butter in individual packs.

So you have choices for creamy, crunchy, sweet and savory! Good luck!

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ARKPLE 1/23/2013 5:42PM

    A hard boiled egg, some string cheese, a piece of fruit, a sandwich on your own "good" bread.... And, I applaud you for putting yourself first in terms of your own needs. Let us know how it works out. xo


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