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Lunch Ideas

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lunch during the work week is always a tricky subject for me. I am really trying to cut back on buying lunch during the week #1 for calorie purposes and #2 for wallet purposes. I spend entirely too much money on lunch - which I usually never feel satisfied with and end up eating too much other crap the rest of the week. So this week I really concentrated on having healthy lunches and aimed for a goal of 350 calories or less. Want to see what I had?

Monday: Applebees Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad w/No Dressing & Tortilla Chips
*It was a little anniversary Monday so my hubby came and took me to lunch and who could turn down that kind of sweetness? And I made better choices than I wanted to like having a salad, picking grilled chicken and tortilla chips rather than a fried app. It wasn't under 350 calories but I felt good about making better choices.

Total Calories: 563 (350 for the salad, 213 for the chips)

**it looks like this except I had grilled chicken instead of fried

Tuesday: 1 bakery style roll, 2 very large pieces of deli roasted turkey breast and 1 serving of spicy nacho doritos

*No photo here but I wanted to comment that I am starting to figure out that I can still eat the things I love (ie: spicy nacho doritos!!) just eat the serving size rather than the whole bag!

Total Calories: 303

Wednesday: Fajita Chicken leftovers, Mission 8" tortilla and a tiny bit of Kraft Brown Rice left over from dinner (not intentional that's just all that was left)

Total Calories: 291

Thursday: Dole Spring Mix (salad), Almond Accents, Perdue Turkey Tenderloin (leftover from dinner Wednesday), Cuties California Cleminitine Orange

This was by far my favorite lunch of the week so I have a couple pictures to share. First, the calories breakdown:

And my salad:

Also, the world's biggest cutie!! I had to count it as 1.5 servings because it was so much bigger than normal:

Total Calories: 260

Friday: Chick Fil A Chargrilled & Fruit Salad

This week has been more hectic than usual so I didn't prepare my lunch last night and I definitely didn't have time to prepare in this morning. I have a chick-fil-a gift card and I've never tried any of their healthier options, usually opting for the chicken strips and waffle fries. But this salad looks pretty dang good and has grilled chicken instead of fried so I'm gonna give it a try.

Total Calories: 220

With this week under my belt, I'm ready to make next week even better!

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    Those sound like great lunches!
    1367 days ago
  • AMBERT27
    I wish I could do tuna because it's quick and easy but I can't stomach it! haha
    1367 days ago
    1367 days ago
    Looks like you are really on top of your eating - way to go - baby steps will lead you to your lifestyle of change. LI, NY sends you a wave...
    1367 days ago
    I have either a tuna salad using shop bought salad with no dressing and weightwatchers or john west tuna which has a dressing 2 days a week at work. Two days I ahve weightwatchers soup with 1 ryvita and the other day I have 2 ryvita with light philadelphia cream cheese and smoked ham on top.
    1367 days ago
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