4
 
Author: Sorting First Post on Top ↑ Message:
GOAL_IS_170's Photo GOAL_IS_170 SparkPoints: (19,234)
Fitness Minutes: (21,102)
Posts: 140
6/1/14 1:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wonderful ideas



65 Days until:  reveal
 
100
75
50
25
0
DWHATABOUTB's Photo DWHATABOUTB Posts: 264
5/23/14 10:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just got some things from the store.
Kellogs makes a lot of pre packaged low calorie stuff (i'm going to check their site) and
I also bought some white crackers and cheese in a can, the kind you squirt onto a cracker.
I will probably be eating mostly that for lunches as well as
possibly P.B.n J. on small low cal tortillas.

I am getting tired of 2 oz salmon packets.

I like to go for things that aren't messy.

I also bought some filberts and I am going to portion them out in small tupperware cups @1/4 c.



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
5
10
15
20
LILCHUBNER's Photo LILCHUBNER SparkPoints: (26,073)
Fitness Minutes: (47,672)
Posts: 67
5/22/14 8:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I teach piano and travel to my students homes to do so. I am on the road or in lessons from 1:00-9:00 Monday-Friday. In order to fit in all the lessons I can't schedule time to stop to eat. I always pack my dinner and a snack but get tired of eating sandwiches. Have taken soup in a thermos many times but I have to purée it before I leave so it is drinkable. Looking for some new healthy options that I can eat one handed while I travel. Thanks



 Pounds lost: 17.0 
 
0
5.75
11.5
17.25
23
DREAMWEAVER1637's Photo DREAMWEAVER1637 Posts: 14,900
5/19/14 7:15 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Some good ideas here.


"NANCY"
TEAM LEADER-CHOLESTEROL SUPPORT
SPARKDAYTON
WALKING IS A CHALLENGE

SPARK FITBIT USERS
www.fitbit.com/user/246Y9J


 October Minutes: 775
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
TIFFFIT's Photo TIFFFIT Posts: 350
5/18/14 11:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I like Wasa crisp breads with a Wee Brie. By the time I'm ready for lunch, the brie is room-temperature, soft and easy to spread. The grains in the crisp bread plus the protein of the cheese make a great addition to lunch or a filling snack.

"I can't get there from anywhere but here."

Rewards:
[X] 2 weeks: New water bottle
[X] 1 month: New gym shoes
[X] 3 months/10% body weight: New workout clothes (still haven't bought these yet!)
[ ] Birthday: Come and gone, no idea what to get myself :-(
[X] Cool weather: new hiking stuff
[ ] ONEderland -- start planning our next major vacation!
[ ] Someday/bucket list goal: hike to Havasupai Falls (and out again...)


 current weight: 211.4 
 
266
249.25
232.5
215.75
199
BEULAH45's Photo BEULAH45 Posts: 621
5/17/14 6:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wow!! Lots of great ideas. I get tired of eating at the hospitals or bringing a TV Dinner. Thanks to all who posted.



 current weight: 4.0  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
CATNURSE1's Photo CATNURSE1 Posts: 922
5/16/14 8:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I bought a lunch box for my daughter called Lunch Blox. It's from Rubbermaid. It had containers either for a sandwich kit, or one for a salad kit. We have both. The salad kit has a container for greens, and a divided tray for other toppings, and a small container for dressing. And it comes with an ice pack as well. My girl loves Cesar salad and Chinese Chicken salad. And it's a lot healthier than even the hot lunches they serve at her school (despite saying that they're health conscious). I also send her with a frozen chocolate milk (in a reusable container) and yogurt covered raisins as her fruit/dessert. One time she had spinach salad, and her teacher helped her warm up the bacon dressing in the microwave they have in her classroom. So far (knock on wood), we haven't run out of ideas. She also has a kid's cookbook and she makes her own salad dressing.

Never give up, never quit.


 current weight: 170.0 
 
180
167.5
155
142.5
130
JDUNNICAN's Photo JDUNNICAN SparkPoints: (679)
Fitness Minutes: (155)
Posts: 12
5/16/14 6:44 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So I work 12 hours shifts at my job and I've had people eat my stuff out of the fridge so I pack a lunchbox I got from thirtyone and put some ice packs in it. I generally do one of those mini vegetable trays, a can of "gourmet" tuna (I get the roasted garlic and olive oil one and eat it out of the can.) or the tuna with the crackers that flavored. I eat my breakfast, lunch and dinner at work on those days. So I've been doing a chobani yogurt in the mornings. My dinner is where I'm pretty stuck. I've been eating sort of random dinners. I've been bringing to work those velveeta instant mac n cheese cups and just having one of those for dinner and some carrot sticks on the side or fresh brocolli.

“You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.” –Ellen Degeneres


 Pounds lost: 9.8 
 
0
33.5
67
100.5
134
FYREDANCER13's Photo FYREDANCER13 Posts: 39
5/15/14 9:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I started making bento lunches for myself and my husband a while ago. Ideally they do not need to be refrigerated or heated as the contents are generally safe at room temperature. (or you can always add a cold pack if need be). You can find a lot of good recipes at www.justbento.com. There are guidelines on there to make healthy bentos to lose weight.



 current weight: 204.4 
 
212
192.75
173.5
154.25
135
SWEETTOOTH10's Photo SWEETTOOTH10 Posts: 1,775
5/9/14 9:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So.... many AWESOME ideas ! I'm Glad this thread is going, I'm in a lunch rut and was looking for some quick ,easy, and healthy lunch options. These reminded me of some things I Haven't had in awhile...And just in time for grocery shopping for the week. Today , I am bringing in buffalo chicken breast and a tomato, onion, celery salad with a homemade Italian dressing with a couple sprinkles of pecorino-romano , chia seeds, and red pepper flakes for a kick. I also was going to get and avocado, and slice it up in there too. Yummo! A crusty piece of bread would b good w/this too. Pasta salad , or regular salad with little cheese, tuna , or chicken even leftover steak strips, in a Joseph's flax pita and favorite dressing or hummus or avocado as a spread. Full balanced meal, in the palm of your hand! Some of this may be repetitive, I didn't read the WHOLE thread. For a quick breakfast meal , or snack I usually bring a Kind bar, greek yogurt, and fruit, oatmeal and W/ whatever fruit, need using up,(w/ chia seeds and protein powder sprinkled in)or smoothie w/ same ingredients as in oatmeal, w maybe some spinach or kale mixed in. Also for quick lunch love to bring handful of Nuts , pumpkin/ sunflower seeds, broco-slaw w/ craisins and seeds,Nut butters,Cheese and whole grain crackers w/ grapes,grape tomatoes, carrots, chicken or tuna salad (made w/ less mayo or plain greek yogurt) cottage cheese w pineapple, chia seeds red pepper flakes Can u tell,.I love spicy! Don't forget to try different spices to flavor things up or salsa.(very easy to make yourself) If you have leftover rice, beans, chili, avocado, put w/ some salsa,those go well in a pita or wrap too. Nice heated, but doesn't have to be. One more, leftover pork loin, put w some bbq , and onion, bread and butter pickles again w/ pita , Frozen bottled water keeps things cold in lunch bag til lunch, and you'll have nice, ice cold water too..Gotta go do some tracking and get to work!


Edited by: SWEETTOOTH10 at: 5/9/2014 (10:00)
To be happy and healthy in body, mind and spirit ,and set the best example for them, so that my children will be too. That's what I aspire to., to be the best ME I can be!


 current weight: 170.0 
 
202
191.5
181
170.5
160
NASFKAB SparkPoints: (196,109)
Fitness Minutes: (97,618)
Posts: 120,069
5/8/14 1:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
hummus with bread

MARGARITTM's Photo MARGARITTM Posts: 5,684
5/8/14 9:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Stear clear of the hormel non refrigerated meals - uck and not very healthy!

JEANSHARON1 SparkPoints: (37)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 2
5/7/14 7:32 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I'm sure your pets love not going to the vets thanks to your care! My kitties get pretty stressed out when I have to take them to vet. But the vet assistants are so loving and great where I go, as is my vet. I just lost my dear rescued Siberian Husky four years ago to cancer. Very sad. My vet said I was the only one who ever asked to see their deceased pet. I never once thought of a "madam" when I saw your name. Tells you where that person's mind is. Nice hearing from you. Happy vegging!

CALGIRL80 Posts: 362
5/7/14 6:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you all for this topic. I work with full access most days to a kitchen, but occasionally am traveling out and about. This will help a lot.



 current weight: 170.4 
 
175
166.25
157.5
148.75
140
CATNURSE1's Photo CATNURSE1 Posts: 922
5/7/14 5:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
JEANSHARON1, I was a veterinary assistant for over fifteen years before retiring with my hubby. When I started on the computer in 1999, catnurse sounded better than dognurse (and I'm more of a cat person). One guy asked me if I was the madam of a brothel. Huh? I had to think about that for a while. I still pay "nurse" with all my animals and they hate it. But it's a lot better than taking them to the vet -- I went so many years not paying "full" price, that now I gawk every time I get a vet bill (to include the cancer treatments for our house dog).

Off to make snacks for the rest of the week -- cutting up veggies which is not my idea of a good time.

Never give up, never quit.


 current weight: 170.0 
 
180
167.5
155
142.5
130
NASFKAB SparkPoints: (196,109)
Fitness Minutes: (97,618)
Posts: 120,069
5/7/14 11:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ruit & nuts

JEANSHARON1 SparkPoints: (37)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 2
5/7/14 8:48 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Just starting....like your ideas! Are you really a catnurse? I have seven rescued kitties (momma that was dumped when pregnant and her two litters born outside....now 9, 9.5 and probably 10.5 yrs old.

CATNURSE1's Photo CATNURSE1 Posts: 922
5/6/14 4:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I found that port wine cheese spread, reduced fat Wheat Thins, and jicama are a great combination. I also keep True Citrus packets with me and have a reusable bottle for water so I can have flavored water any time.

Never give up, never quit.


 current weight: 170.0 
 
180
167.5
155
142.5
130
BRAMBLEKITE's Photo BRAMBLEKITE Posts: 2
5/6/14 3:37 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I found some "gopicnic" meals on sale at Target. There is a lot of extraneous packaging, and the regular price is a bit high for what you get, but on the plus side, it's ready to go, no heating, no refrigeration, no spoilage, and there are vegetarian and gluten free options among their assortments. I keep them in my desk at work for the occasional day that I forget to pack a lunch.



 current weight: 221.0 
 
227
210.25
193.5
176.75
160
FAITHY3 Posts: 10
5/6/14 11:48 A

Send Private Message
Reply
I like apples, crackers and cheese



 Pounds lost: 12.0 
 
0
12.5
25
37.5
50
KOALA_BEAR's Photo KOALA_BEAR SparkPoints: (16,971)
Fitness Minutes: (1,207)
Posts: 1,031
5/6/14 12:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Smoked kippers w/ Triscuits
Sardines in mustard w/ crackers
Three bean salad with pasta, vinegar and oil dressing
Hummus with veggie stix
Hard boiled eggs
Canned chicken salad
Marinated vegetables like gardineria
Laughing cow or baby bell cheese; string cheese
Flavored yogurts - Try freezing a single serving fruit juice and packing with the sandwich or yogurt to keep cold
Cold, oven fried chicken
Dry packaged protein powder to mix with bottled water
Pudding cups
The deli sections of most supermarkets have lots of choices - eggplant parmesan slices make great sandwiches on sliced rolls or from home a BLT with or without cheese will keep fine for a couple hrs.

K.bear


 Pounds lost: 20.0 
 
0
15
30
45
60
ADREAMA's Photo ADREAMA Posts: 298
5/4/14 10:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I always have single serving baggies of roasted chicken in the freezer, and also servings of a quinoa and black bean salad (recipe off sparkrecipes). In the mornings I just grab a bag of each, by lunchtime they have defrosted but still cool. throw the chicken on top of quinoa and you have a healthy nutritious and filling lunch.

If it is meant to be it is up to me!

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
- Marian Wright Edelman




 current weight: 233.0 
 
235
220.25
205.5
190.75
176
BOREDA SparkPoints: (127,353)
Fitness Minutes: (102,189)
Posts: 71
5/4/14 6:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Try tomato salad (sliced tomatoes, green onions and fresh basil with home-made vinaigrette dressing; the longer it sits in the dressing, the better it tastes!) or marinated mushrooms (saute onions and garlic in a drop of olive oil, add button mushrooms and a dash of white wine, coriander seeds, whole black peppercorns, sea salt, sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme, plus a couple of bayleaves, and simmer the whole thing for 20 mins; eat hot or cold). Both of these dishes can withstand a few hours out of the fridge and are delicious on their own as a snack or accompanied by a crusty wholewheat roll for a filling lunch. For those who want meat on the menu, they also go well as side dishes with a grilled chicken breast (hot if you have access to a stove; otherwise brought cooked and eaten cold).

LISAREADS's Photo LISAREADS SparkPoints: (7,601)
Fitness Minutes: (120)
Posts: 12
5/4/14 2:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We travel from NH to FL twice a year and on the first day we bring containers
of soups or casseroles that are frozen, then when we stop for the night at
the hotel we just pick one and microwave our meal! Easy to stay on track,
and Spark People's salsa chicken (crockpot) recipe works GREAT for this!



 Pounds lost: 11.2 
 
0
22.5
45
67.5
90
CATNURSE1's Photo CATNURSE1 Posts: 922
5/3/14 4:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I will make a lot of pasta and potato salads for this summer to try and keep from heating up the house (I use the crock pot and microwave all the time). For dressing I use basalmic mayonnaise or olive oil and True citrus spice blends. McCormick makes a spice blend called Salad Supreme that I'll use to make an Italian pasta salad -- pasta, bell peppers, green olives, and olive oil. I'll make the pasta salad the day before, then I'll make a meatloaf (usually buffaloaf) in the crock pot, toss a Cesar salad, and dinner's ready. And it doesn't heat up the house.

Never give up, never quit.


 current weight: 170.0 
 
180
167.5
155
142.5
130
LUCKYLORA677's Photo LUCKYLORA677 SparkPoints: (5,180)
Fitness Minutes: (757)
Posts: 30
5/3/14 4:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You would be surprised how good baby carrots taste with picante sauce (salsa). These are also easy to carry, temperature tolerant and good for you.



 Pounds lost: 7.2 
 
0
30.75
61.5
92.25
123
MTN_KITTEN's Photo MTN_KITTEN SparkPoints: (31,225)
Fitness Minutes: (13,580)
Posts: 1,384
5/3/14 1:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Absolutely great ideas. We are camping for three weeks and I will be using some if not all the ideas listed. Thanks.

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain.


 Pounds lost: 53.5 
 
0
31.375
62.75
94.125
125.5
SKYVALLEYGAL's Photo SKYVALLEYGAL Posts: 395
5/3/14 11:18 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am always looking for healthy lunch ideas. My DH and I are self employed together and he's a meat and potatoes man. I do my best to keep us out of the fast food places. Thanks for some of the tips. I think I'll try the pasta salad idea this week with some cheese and HB egg to make him happy.

Quote by the late Zig Ziegler: when people tell me, "Zig motivation never lasts". "I tell them, bathing doesn't either that's why I recommend it daily". Myfavoritemotivationalquote


 current weight: -11.7  under
 
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
BARBZUMBA SparkPoints: (3,452)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 4,030
5/1/14 12:10 P

Send Private Message
Reply
"Bumble Bee" has ready-to-go salad packs. Mixed tuna or chicken salad, crackers,
a chocolate chip cookie and a fruit cup. A spoon is included. (sort of a grown-up lunchable)
Bought in Walgreens.

Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?.....Phyllis Diller
SKABELS2 Posts: 76
5/1/14 11:26 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
How about cans of soup? The Progresso Light options aren't bad, and the classic Campbell's flavors (vegetable beef, chicken noodle, tomato) are relatively low in calories. Pair the soup with a slice of bread, cheese, and fresh fruit/veggies.

Also, the brand Sabra has a great snack pack of hummus and pretzels.



 current weight: 261.5 
 
261.5
241.125
220.75
200.375
180
DONTGOAWAYMAD's Photo DONTGOAWAYMAD Posts: 122
4/30/14 10:55 P

Send Private Message
Reply
My go-to is raw almonds, a banana, whole grain crackers, and turkey jerky.

"Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady."
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld~
(1613 - 1680)


 current weight: 190.6 
 
210
190
170
150
130
1BOSSMOMMY's Photo 1BOSSMOMMY SparkPoints: (8,998)
Fitness Minutes: (4,698)
Posts: 439
4/28/14 6:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm planning a family car trip and was searching for something I could make that we could eat in the car while traveling and found a Ham and Cheese Calizone. I make my own bread so this will be easy for me to prepare the day before we leave. It's the raw bread dough (you could buy the frozen dough if you don't make your own) rolled out in to a large round like a flat bun and then ham, shredded cheese, diced onion and green peppers are enclosed in the center of the bun, pinching the top and lightly buttering the calizone before baking. Just before finishing they dusted the outside of the bun with a Parmesan cheese and finish till the Parmesan cheese is golden.

To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


 October SparkPoints: 0
 
0
750
1500
2250
3000
SUSIEC1302's Photo SUSIEC1302 Posts: 30
4/28/14 3:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
One of my favorite 'working through lunch' lunches is I take 3 Wasa Light & Crispy wafers, then I take a schmear of hummus, cucumber, tomato and a piece of turkey. sometimes I will add a slice of avocado too. Very tasty. Add a fruit salad or a banana for "dessert" and you are set.



 October Minutes: 0
 
0
250
500
750
1000
SLIMCRUISER Posts: 832
4/27/14 8:14 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Shrimp cocktail was always a favorite packed lunch. I bought frozen COOKED shrimp. Put a handful in a baggie, or plastic container. A small container of cocktail sauce for dipping. Shrimp is chilled and defrosted by lunch! An apple or orange....something juicy and/or crunchy. And a drink. (my son loved this lunch at school too)



 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
20
40
60
80
ALLTHEBEST4ME's Photo ALLTHEBEST4ME SparkPoints: (1,998)
Fitness Minutes: (597)
Posts: 4
4/27/14 4:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
These are great! I'm lucky enough to have a full kitchen at work, but I'm pulling both my old bicycle and my kayak out of the spiderwebs in the garage, and all of these no-fridge lunch/snack ideas will be PERFECT to travel!



 current weight: 169.0 
 
175
163.75
152.5
141.25
130
TIMEHASCOME56's Photo TIMEHASCOME56 SparkPoints: (54,939)
Fitness Minutes: (18,372)
Posts: 4,584
4/27/14 8:24 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


 Pounds lost: 48.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
CATNURSE1's Photo CATNURSE1 Posts: 922
4/27/14 4:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Flaxseed is a great source of Omega's and fiber. I have pre-hypertension and am willing to try anything to get it back down and not have to get on a lifelong prescription. I put it in everything, and even use it at an egg substitute. The easiest is with baking -- we make our own pizza and add it to the crust and the sauce. I add it to Bisquick biscuits as well. When I make cornbread or muffins, I use it instead of eggs. During the summer I will add it to milkshakes. I bought a huge bulk bag of ground flaxseed from CostCo and it's lasted quite a while. I came home from errands one day and found the bag had been duct taped. I asked my husband what happened to it, and he said one of the cats had chewed a hole in it. I guess he liked it, too!

Never give up, never quit.


 current weight: 170.0 
 
180
167.5
155
142.5
130
LONESTARLESA's Photo LONESTARLESA SparkPoints: (3,264)
Fitness Minutes: (1,375)
Posts: 30
4/26/14 6:18 P

Send Private Message
Reply
These are great suggestions. Can anyone tell me what the benefit is from flaxseed? I see it all the time, but I don't know why everyone is eating so much of it.

Thanks!



 Pounds lost: 102.0 
 
0
38
76
114
152
NOCARS_GO's Photo NOCARS_GO Posts: 8
4/26/14 5:30 P

Send Private Message
Reply
My favorite on the go meal is a salad with quinoa, which tastes good hot or cold. I usually make mine with spinach, walnuts, blueberries, tofu or mushrooms (i am vegetarian) and some olive oil. Put it in a container and pack an apple and you are good to go! Hope your ankle is feeling better!



 current weight: 168.0 
 
170
161.25
152.5
143.75
135
TIMEHASCOME56's Photo TIMEHASCOME56 SparkPoints: (54,939)
Fitness Minutes: (18,372)
Posts: 4,584
4/26/14 5:21 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
that's good, I forget about peanut butter

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


 Pounds lost: 48.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
CHERYLKULP SparkPoints: (2,188)
Fitness Minutes: (910)
Posts: 4
4/26/14 9:35 A

Send Private Message
Reply
One of my favorite meals when I go hiking is one banana, two tablespoons of peanut butter and one of my favorite granola bars. You can spread the peanut butter on top of the granola and it is delicious. Sometimes I add raisins on top.

ARTEMISTHEGREEK's Photo ARTEMISTHEGREEK Posts: 273
4/25/14 8:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You can always find one of those small freezer packs that have that gel in them -- they stay frozen all day long and can fit inside a purse. Add a little paper toweling (or a cloth washcloth) around it to prevent condensation on your other belongings. It will certainly be effective for the four to six hours before you eat your lunch.

Yep, there I am, swimming through the desert sands. Might just be a mirage, after all. But this is life, and we learn best about it if we explore it, and take our chances. A life unexplored, after all, is one of the saddest things out there.


 Pounds lost: 4.0 
 
0
5
10
15
20
TIMEHASCOME56's Photo TIMEHASCOME56 SparkPoints: (54,939)
Fitness Minutes: (18,372)
Posts: 4,584
4/25/14 10:30 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
sometimes I just put a banana in my bag, with smoothie in a thermo pouch

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


 Pounds lost: 48.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
AGENTMNA's Photo AGENTMNA Posts: 1,607
4/24/14 4:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Awesome suggestions! emoticon

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.”



 current weight: 184.2 
 
220
201.25
182.5
163.75
145
AVOGLI Posts: 2
4/24/14 11:43 A

Send Private Message
Reply
great suggestions and insight

HADAMIREYA's Photo HADAMIREYA SparkPoints: (2,814)
Fitness Minutes: (1,171)
Posts: 26
4/23/14 7:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
For the morning: oatmeal (raw) with skim milk, almonds, coconut, dates, chia seeds, flaxseeds and sesame seeds. that is a morning superfood you can leave ready to go the night before and just grab and will still be cold and good, after a couple hours for a breakfast at work.

For lunch: any pita bread sandwich (i love tuna with cellery and spinach, or home made falafel)

those are my go to's when I won't make it home for lunch or I have to leave earlier in the morning



 current weight: 145.0 
 
156
151
146
141
136
TIMEHASCOME56's Photo TIMEHASCOME56 SparkPoints: (54,939)
Fitness Minutes: (18,372)
Posts: 4,584
4/23/14 1:48 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon suggestions

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


 Pounds lost: 48.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
SENSORYFOODIE's Photo SENSORYFOODIE SparkPoints: (6,129)
Fitness Minutes: (3,605)
Posts: 90
4/23/14 11:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Excellent suggestions. I have some great books by vegan cooks, like Seventh Day Adventists, that have excellent recipes and animal food substitutes. I don't eat chicken or eggs and lean toward soft cheeses only. I too need to watch nuts and nut butters (i.e. almond). I find I really need some good protein choices in order to make sure I'm getting enough nutrients. So I will go to these cookbooks and start making some food. My husband is going to start working again (we recently relocated) and I want to make sure he has good lunches at the plant. I will start working too and need to get used to being up and gone from the house. The best advice I've read here is to combine protein and carbohydrates for a filling meal. What definitely fills me up is cheddar cheese and toasted Ezekiel whole wheat bread (I like the sesame variety). I need to find something other than high fat cheese though (the low cal stuff doesn't taste real to me). Cottage cheese + grape nuts + pineapple + sunflower seeds and/or salad is a nice protein choice with a cold pack for lunch or breakfast.



"You must do what you do not want to do"-
Eknath Easwaran


 current weight: 128.4 
 
136
130.75
125.5
120.25
115
JENNA3's Photo JENNA3 SparkPoints: (41,072)
Fitness Minutes: (27,476)
Posts: 2,361
4/23/14 8:52 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Jo- Yes, I keep bowls in my office for eating my lunch. So I tip the salad into the bowl and the dressing comes out with it and spreads nicely.



 Pounds lost: 7.2 
 
0
21.75
43.5
65.25
87
CLAYARTIST Posts: 3,277
4/22/14 9:47 P

My SparkPage
Reply
yes

MAYBER's Photo MAYBER SparkPoints: (80,991)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 9,017
4/22/14 8:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
what great ideas posted here
even though am retired looking forward to trying some of them
one day at a time



 current weight: 172.2 
 
206
197
188
179
170
CATNURSE1's Photo CATNURSE1 Posts: 922
4/22/14 4:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I usually buy in bulk and make up single serving size portions for my daughter's lunch. I looked at Lunchables to see what's in them and then made our own. We got a container for salad that had a smaller container for dressing -- I freeze the dressing which helps keep the salad cold since she can't refrigerate anything. I also freeze her drink (usually shelf-stable milk) which helps as an ice pack. She is big on yogurt raisins and Ritz crackers, and likes the individual tuna cans (I've seen chicken also). We freeze pudding cups and yogurt as well which are ready to eat by lunchtime. Apples, grapes, tangerines, carrots, green peppers, celery, even radishes, have been on her list to eat. I've even seen single-servings of pickles and olives. My daughter is a big salad eater -- she's not a fan of hot food. She also likes to take water and add a True lemon packet and freeze it so she has a drink after running around at recess. Hope this helps!

Never give up, never quit.


 current weight: 170.0 
 
180
167.5
155
142.5
130
JO-DOUGH's Photo JO-DOUGH Posts: 6,514
4/22/14 3:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Jenna-- what do you do when you eat the salad in the jar? Tip it upside down to spread the dressing in the bottom, to the top ingredients?



 current weight: 204.0 
 
238
221
204
187
170
DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,011)
Fitness Minutes: (13,634)
Posts: 2,000
4/22/14 12:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have been following this and most of these ideas are definitely something that I would do if I need to!



 current weight: 158.0 
 
162
157.75
153.5
149.25
145
PENELOPESUE1961 Posts: 1
4/22/14 12:39 P

Send Private Message
Reply
That is a great idea!

WOODSYLIBERAL Posts: 19
4/22/14 10:43 A

Send Private Message
Reply
My mom used to freeze our sandwiches. They would thaw out by lunchtime.



 current weight: 225.0 
 
263
237.25
211.5
185.75
160
MIAMEOWS's Photo MIAMEOWS SparkPoints: (5,170)
Fitness Minutes: (10,964)
Posts: 180
4/22/14 10:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Update!

My super amazing roommate bought me a little insulated lunchbox and brought it to me at work (along with a case of bottled water - she's seriously the best!)

So, I am keeping the lunchbox in my desk and bringing my lunch and icepack back and forth from home. Totally doable.

Today I have: turkey breast deli meat (2 oz.), 2% RF Sharp Cheddar Cheese, FF greek yogurt, one cup of dry cheerios, granny smith apple, cucumber with salt, pepper & garlic rice vinegar and a kiwi. I probably won't eat it all, but I like to graze. I have the cold stuff in the lunchbox with the icepack and the rest in my drawer.

Very exciting! I also got individual hummus cups, tiny cans of tuna, little V8 cans, etc. I eat a couple pieces of fruit a day too.

SO MUCH BETTER THAN PB&JS!!

Thank you all for your suggestions. I really appreciate it!



 current weight: 211.4 
 
262
237
212
187
162
JENNA3's Photo JENNA3 SparkPoints: (41,072)
Fitness Minutes: (27,476)
Posts: 2,361
4/22/14 10:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Salad in a jar worked well for me when I was on them. Put your dressing on the bottom, cover with carrots or other crisp item that won't mangle in the moist. Then the rest of the salad on top. Take an ounce of cheese (I eat goat cheese) and sunflower or chia seeds to add to it. As it warms up, you can add gazpacho soup, too (served cold). Either one all you need is an ice pack and you can carry it in your bag.

HTH



 Pounds lost: 7.2 
 
0
21.75
43.5
65.25
87
ACHANSO's Photo ACHANSO Posts: 897
4/22/14 9:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Baby Carrots, cereal, cereal bars or granola bars, apples, oranges, hummus/pretzels (they sell individual packs of hummus now), tuna salad in pouches, (also at the grocery store, even includes crackers), dried fruit pieces, dehydrated fruit (if you don't have a dehydrator you can buy them)--beef jerky, dried bananas, dried apple chips, small boxes of prunes or raisins.

TIMEHASCOME56's Photo TIMEHASCOME56 SparkPoints: (54,939)
Fitness Minutes: (18,372)
Posts: 4,584
4/22/14 7:01 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


 Pounds lost: 48.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
SHOOPETTE's Photo SHOOPETTE SparkPoints: (89,216)
Fitness Minutes: (54,048)
Posts: 3,151
4/22/14 3:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
all great ideas!



 current weight: 154.0 
 
183
168.5
154
139.5
125
BRE321's Photo BRE321 SparkPoints: (3,163)
Fitness Minutes: (4,780)
Posts: 45
4/19/14 11:43 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I love celery (used to hate it) with crunchy peanut butter and raisins. The raisins give it a different taste and texture.

"We do not change as we grow older, we just become more clearly ourselves"


 current weight: 207.0 
 
230
210
190
170
150
GRIZ1GIRL's Photo GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (128,477)
Fitness Minutes: (160,353)
Posts: 2,241
4/19/14 1:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Soups!

It Is What It Is.... :)


 current weight: 118.0 
 
190
172
154
136
118
BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
4/18/14 8:06 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Peanut butter sandwich (I do not like jelly)
celery and carrot sticks with peanut butter or without
crackers with cheese

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds


Total SparkPoints: 31,844
 
30,000
32,499
34,999
37,499
39,999
SparkPoints Level 15
JANEY102482's Photo JANEY102482 Posts: 387
4/17/14 1:39 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I love making wraps with hummus, veggies and sprouts.



 Pounds lost: 30.0 
 
0
8.75
17.5
26.25
35
ALIHIKES's Photo ALIHIKES Posts: 1,775
4/16/14 8:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am occasionally in the same situation (carrying lunch in my purse, no microwave available, no fridge). I like: sliced cheese and whole grain crackers (or low fat laughing cow cheese); brown rice cakes with almond butter (I bring a dab of the almond butter in a small container and spread it at lunchtime so the rice cakes don't turn to mush); low fat yogurt; and always I add fresh fruit (or dried fruit) and veggies (carrot, celery, or sugar snap peas). Also nuts. I add a low calorie treat occasionally (ginger snaps, hard candy, etc). I ALSO make a favorite sandwich (tuna fish on whole grain) the night before and freeze it; it is defrosted and cool by lunch time.



 Pounds lost: 28.3 
 
0
17.25
34.5
51.75
69
GAILITCH's Photo GAILITCH Posts: 66
4/15/14 6:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I like and use the suggestions of the others. The SparkPeople menu has given me some new favorites:
* celery with peanut butter or light cream cheese in the "well"
* baked potato with broccoli, pinto beans, and cheese (I don't mind this at room temp! I bake it the night before.)
* veggie burgers (I don't mind these room temp... I just make sure they are warm when I pack them and will sometimes insulated with foil and then napkin around it
* room-temp salad of beans, celery, onion, avocado (not a lot!), tomatoes, with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic salt, freshly ground pepper (I like pinto beans in this and jalageno pepper slices!)
* Edamame (great at room temp) with some sea salt. Get it frozen, it will thaw by lunchtime. Or combine in a salad with mandarin oranges, green onion, rice wine vinegar, some hot pepper flakes, cucumber chunks (seeds scooped out), and just a little bit of sesame or veg oil.
* low cal, high fiber English muffin (such as Thomas's) toasted, then with lower fat cheese and veggie sausage inside. Ah-mazing. You could slip in a slice of tomato.




 current weight: 265.0 
 
285
245
205
165
125
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (6,866)
Fitness Minutes: (5,730)
Posts: 2,022
4/15/14 5:57 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am cautious to recommend things like fruit leather, nuts, and granola to anyone trying to lose because they are very calorically dense. As long as you are aware and staying within your limits, I think raw nuts are beneficial.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


 current weight: 105.0 
 
110
108.75
107.5
106.25
105
YANKEEGIRL6's Photo YANKEEGIRL6 Posts: 1,080
4/15/14 2:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I makes me sad that there's no one there to heat up a lunch for you. If I worked with you, I would help.


I've got the magic in me.
MIAMEOWS's Photo MIAMEOWS SparkPoints: (5,170)
Fitness Minutes: (10,964)
Posts: 180
4/15/14 2:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
These are all awesome ideas, thank you so much! I have to rely on my roommate who is still doing all of the shopping, but there are definitely things she can get me - the pre-made tuna salad and crackers, hummus and veggies, salads with chickpeas, hard boiled eggs. Also nuts I had thought of but dry cereal or low fat granola sounds really good too. Once I got all of your ideas my brain started going: the little cans of V8, little tupperwares of pickles, fruit leather...

Great! I am hoping in another 2 weeks or so I will be down to one crutch - then I will have a hand free to carry things (which opens up using the company fridge and microwave). Thank goodness a very nice woman at work has been grabbing me a cup of coffee every morning!






 current weight: 211.4 
 
262
237
212
187
162
FANNYMANSON's Photo FANNYMANSON SparkPoints: (19,017)
Fitness Minutes: (6,274)
Posts: 474
4/15/14 2:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You could do a pasta salad with Italian dressing, veggies, pepperoni, and cheese chunks. Hard boiled eggs make you feel fuller longer. Yogurt, string cheese, cornbread, apples, and mixed nuts are good snacks. Or you could bring a thermos of soup.

Feed your head.


 current weight: 242.0 
 
309
269.25
229.5
189.75
150
FIREFLY0032's Photo FIREFLY0032 SparkPoints: (18,574)
Fitness Minutes: (7,579)
Posts: 103
4/15/14 1:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
bing the tuna packs and make a tuna sandwich or have it on crackers. hummus with sliced veggies is good, maybe stuff pita bread with something you like that can handle not being refrigerated? hard boiled eggs, larabars are good sometimes.

“Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

Earl Nightingale


 current weight: 252.0 
 
270
242.5
215
187.5
160
BHENDRICK2's Photo BHENDRICK2 Posts: 867
4/15/14 1:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
salads are always a good choice you could use beans as protein or tuna in a packet

http://www.terrorsofmen.com/ the website of the most inspiring man i know


 current weight: 102.0 
 
160
140
120
100
80
ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,710
4/15/14 11:41 A

Send Private Message
Reply
I just saw a hint (can't remember where online) to freeze a wet sponge and put it in a ziploc baggie - you can make a sponge into any shape or size to fit your lunch bag - to keep food cold . Needless to say, zip that bag shut well! Advantage: you can wring out the sponge if it gets thawed and soggy!

There are lots of little cups filled with dehydrated foods that you can find in the supermarket. I haven't looked lately but I'm sure there are plenty in the 'health food section' of the supermarket as well as in the regular food shelves - wherever they sell ramen, pasta, rice, vegetables, soups, for example.

You can just add boiling water to a cup of couscous that is seasoned already in a cup and add in the contents of a small can of vegetables. Or bring a packaged tuna salad or plain tuna in a package. It's great that tuna doesn't only come in cans! I hang on to mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard packets that we don't use, just for occasions like packing food to go.

Dressings are the toughest things to pack and keep fresh.

If you ever see canned tuna, salmon, couscous, etc., made by St. Dalfour, on the supermarket shelf, check the price and try one if it's not too pricey. I've bought mine on amazon. They can little meals that are very tasty - and I do mean little - and I do mean tasty. Things like salmon and vegetables seasoned with a dressing. Or tuna, or couscous.



Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 4/15/2014 (11:57)
LILSPARKGIRL's Photo LILSPARKGIRL Posts: 2,740
4/15/14 11:22 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I bring a salad with sliced chicken and dressing to work often. I don't bother to put it in the fridge. I only have about 4 hours between getting to work and lunch. Also a hard boiled egg for snack and 2 whole pieces of fruit.

1st Goal: 18lbs by June 1 - Met goal on 4/28

2nd Goal: Onederland by July 31



 current weight: 211.0 
 
243
231.75
220.5
209.25
198
PSAPPEN's Photo PSAPPEN SparkPoints: (14,232)
Fitness Minutes: (7,581)
Posts: 185
4/15/14 10:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Raw Nuts/Seeds
High fiber cereal (I like the crunch)



 current weight: 196.6 
 
218
196
174
152
130
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (6,866)
Fitness Minutes: (5,730)
Posts: 2,022
4/15/14 9:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
string cheese
tuna packets
salad (mine lasts 6 hours out of the frig)
raw veggies
organic jerky
green bean cups
quiche muffins

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


 current weight: 105.0 
 
110
108.75
107.5
106.25
105
LEC358 SparkPoints: (9,461)
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
Posts: 2,184
4/15/14 8:53 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Avocado on toast is good and doesn't need refridgeration



 current weight: -0.8  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
MIAMEOWS's Photo MIAMEOWS SparkPoints: (5,170)
Fitness Minutes: (10,964)
Posts: 180
4/15/14 8:30 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hey guys, I need some ideas for lunches. I broke my ankle about 5 weeks ago. I am on the mend but I still cannot carry much - so my normal leftovers that I would heat up are out of the question. I am on crutches, so anything I carry is in my bag.

Anything I take has to fit in my backpack that I am carrying to work. For the last month I have been eating peanut butter and jelly (high fiber, light bread, light peanut butter, high fiber jam). I also bring fruit, crackers, etc. for snacks. I have been satisfied feeling full and having energy, however after 4 weeks I never want to see a pb&j again! lol

Any ideas of food I can fit in my purse that does not have to be refrigerated or heated up? My lunch cooler thingie does not fit. I am not a picky eater, so any suggestions would be welcomed! :)



 current weight: 211.4 
 
262
237
212
187
162
Page: 1 of (1)   1

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Diet and Nutrition Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
Vitamin D 9/8/2014 4:06:06 PM
Temptations 10/20/2014 1:45:02 PM
food journals 8/20/2014 1:48:40 AM
Salad Dressing Choices 8/5/2014 2:55:05 PM
Anyone with thyroid issues? 8/26/2014 12:58:57 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=33457160

Review our Community Guidelines





Diet Resources: how to control portion sizes | portion control sizes | portion control bowl