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Eating Right at the Office

Monday, January 28, 2013

One of the dangers of working downtown is the easy access to A LOT of really delicious restaurants!

I identified eating lunch out as one of my danger zones early on - not only is it expensive, you can use up a really big chunk of your daily calories without even thinking about it.

A second (related) danger zone: a tendency to oversleep, skip breakfast, and then overindulge in lunch and/or go to a coffee shop to get coffee cake, muffins, bagels, etc. Not healthy at all, and certainly not friendly to my wallet!

My solution: a mini-fridge I stock every Monday, so that I have meals (breakfast AND lunch) and snacks for the entire week ready to go!

This week's selection: Greek yogurt and a big tub of assorted berries (and I keep wheat germ on hand to add a bit of crunch and make a healthy parfait!); carrot and celery sticks with hummus, cottage cheese, protein smoothies, and a big bowl of salad (and several dressings). I also keep several kinds of seeds and nuts, along with single-serving packets of tuna and salmon, to go with the salads.

How do YOU avoid the perils of office-time snacking and take-away meals?!
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    Impressed~ emoticon I used to do this at my old job but we all share a frig at this job. I pack everything the night before for the next day and grab n go emoticon
    1745 days ago
    Wow! That's dedication! I may have to try this! emoticon
    1745 days ago
    What a great idea!
    1755 days ago
    The night before, I packed my lunch in one of those cooler lunch boxes, everything except the frozen fruit which was a container in the freezer. In the morning all I had to do is put the frozen fruit in the lunch box and go. The frozen frui kept everything chilled.
    1755 days ago
    My fridge is stocked about like your fridge. I also like to have a half-gallon of skim milk on hand which I put in my coffee and also drink before lunch to quell my hunger. I also keep a big package of almonds (you can get a good buy on them at Aldi's) handy. Right now I also have a small container of grape tomatoes to snack on, as well as an apple and orange. I agree that you can save a boat load of money and calories by keeping healthy food on hand.
    1755 days ago
    Great planning!

    I take my snacks and lunch with me at work everyday. Snack will usually be a fruit or homemade protein bar. Lunch is a salad of some kind (today I'm having a pasta salad, with red pepper and cucumber) + soya yogurt with seeds or nuts.

    1755 days ago
    I am jealous, that is my Dream Fridge! I keep a lunchbox with an ice pack, and eat the same thing every day. I never use the refrigerator because I'm afraid patients or nurses will steal or infect my food (I work in a hospital) while digging around our tiny floor fridge.

    I eat breakfast on my way in, but lunch is a PB &J on a sandwich thin, a piece of fruit, a yogurt, a cup of raw veggies, and a crunchy snack like pretzels or goldfish. It's not gourmet but it satisfies. If I end up packing anything else then I don't stretch it out right throughout the day and I end up hungry. I don't really take a designated lunch time.

    1755 days ago
    That looks delicious!

    1755 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Planning is a good idea, and you look well prepared! I want that fridge (and the stuff in it). Looks like you have your bases covered so you can go easier on your wallet and waist line! Since I don't have a mini fridge, I cook a lot of stuff on Sunday, put it in the fridge and eat it during the week. I have a cooler bag that I take to work with me that has planned out meals in it like chicken & potatoes, turkey burgers, greek yogurt, hummus, triscuits, protein bar, almonds, bananas and oatmeal. It is a great way to eat healthy and save some $!
    1755 days ago
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    1755 days ago
    Great job! I do the same thing on Sunday's, plus cook my meals for the week also, lunch and dinner. That day of cooking and packing things really helps!
    1755 days ago
    Ohh the Bolthouse yogurt dressing is my FAV!

    Also, what an AWESOME stockpile! I do a lot of the same, but I started waking up 15 minutes earlier to make sure I have time to eat a simple breakfast. I pack a snack and a great lunch everyday - works like a charm!
    1755 days ago
  • MLH148
    Very impressive!
    1756 days ago
    I make baked oatmeal on Sunday night and portion it out for work breakfasts. Lunch is usually leftovers, and is always packed and tracked the night before. I have a small selection of snacks in my drawer, but I try not to have more than one or two at any given time because I am afraid that I will binge when I am stressy.
    1756 days ago
    I plan plan plan. I plan a week's worth of meals, making four servings (or six, depending on the recipe), eat it for dinner, then pack it up and eat it for lunch the next day. It saves me TONS of money and it's easy to just copy a meal to the next day. ;)
    1756 days ago
    I pack only healthy stuff, or have a few dried options in the desk for back up.. I usually eat better at the office than if I'm at home!
    High fiber oatmeal, apples, almonds, etc..
    1756 days ago
    Thanks for the post! I love your healthy-stocked fridge.

    For me, I meal plan for the week, but don't stock it up quite like you did. It works most of the time, but I love the extra step you've taken. To avoid meals out, I have set some pretty strong money-saving goals. Trying to get to the end goal makes today's lunch out look a little less inviting.

    Thanks again.
    1756 days ago
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