I work temporarily as a nanny/ mother's helper, but my last full-time position was as a preschool teacher. During my last job, I fell in love with packing lunches. They weren't always healthy. Often, I packed leftovers from high-calorie dinners out, but I tended to avoid the fast-food joints MOST of the time (not always). Now, my desire to pack lunch is even greater. Even if I don't pack a lunch, I'll go to a grocery store or Target and pick up some fruit, yogurt, and a tuna and cracker kit instead of going to McDonalds.
I've been brainstorming ideas for lunches. Often, I'll pack leftovers, but not always.
I wanted to run a lunch menu by people to see if they have any input. I don't have exact measurements or calorie counts- especially for veggies but I figure I can paint a pretty good picture otherwise.
Mini cucumber sandwiches made by placing ham and honey mustard between two cucumber slices (maybe half a dozen sandwiches depending on how many I can get out of an ounce or two of thinly sliced, lean ham (60-70 calories or so at most) and maybe a tablespoon (30 calories) of honey mustard).
1/4 cup of Oikos Cucumber Dill yogurt dip (50 calories worth)) with a serving (140 calories) of wheat thins for dipping.
Some assorted raw veggies (baby carrots, leftover cucumber, etc) to bulk up the meal and use up leftover dip if needed.
1/2-3/4 cup worth of fresh fruit of some kind (possibly berries, but could be apple slices).
So, not including fruit/veggies, I'd be looking at around 300 calories for lunch. Obviously the produce will bring the calorie count up more, but on average my lunches are 400-500 calories and I'm still often coming up under my calorie goal for the day, so calorie wise, this looks fine.
Does this sound like a decent lunch, or is there some change I should make that would improve it? Maybe adding a 70 calorie Chobani Champion greek yogurt tube?
Edited by: FTSOLK at: 7/13/2013 (22:59)
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