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I'm not normally one for pre-packaged meals but I bought some Healthy Choice frozen dinners since I'm wanting warm meals during these cold months and I'm finding them surprisingly tasty and filling. I boil eggs by the dozen and bring 2 of those with an unsweetened applesauce for breakfast and I pack an apple for my afternoon snack (just before leaving work). All of this fits nicely in my little lunchbag and packs up in less than a minute so it's convenient for those running-out-the-door mornings.
I prefer to pre-package lunches like other posters have said but these are a nice change for a little while.
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Sounds like you've gotten some great ideas!
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I like to premix my own yogurt. I buy fat free or low fat plain yogurt and mash up strawberries, raspberries, peaches, or blueberries, and add whatever form of sweetener I feel like using (currently I am using xylitol). Sometimes I will add some ground flaxseeds to increase my omega intake. Mix it all together and put it back in the tub, or divide it up into 1-cup tupperware containers.
I find premixed yogurt to have way too much sugar and additives for my taste. Fresh mixed yogurt tastes really really good, I was amazed by the difference. I will never go back to eating premixed yogurt from the grocery store.
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I find fruit cups (diced pears, diced pineapple, mixed fruit, apple sauce, and more) a very nice addition to lunch as long as I make sure they are 100% fruit. I avoid the "light syrup" or flavored ones usually. Salads or raw veggies are more typically snacks for me, but could be packed as part of lunch as well.
If you cook things at home in larger quantities, and have sealing containers, leftovers can make marvelous lunch options. Stew can be put into a microwavable storage container.
If you include eggs in what you eat, a hard-boiled egg can be a great protein source and easily portable. (My mother used to pop them in a sealing plastic bag after removing the shell.)
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usually I have left overs from the night before. some other ideas: soup; string cheese & fruit; high fiber bread with this slices of ham & veggie; spinach salad w/hard boiled eggs + other veggies; hummus with pita bread slices + veggies such as cucumber, & tomato
When making a sandwich, I take the items and then assemble at work, this way the bread doesn't get soggy
I also keep in the refrig. at work: bag of mini carrots, some grape tomatoes, cut up celery
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I like to pre-make my lunches for the week so I don't have to worry about making something the morning of. Either I will make a crockpot meal and put it into containers for the week (if I have a microwave where I'm going to eat lunch) or I make salad containers for the week with chicken and whatever vegetables I have and leave the dressing on the side (I've even put dressing in ziplock baggies). I've found the salad will stay fresh for the 5 days, so that's never been a problem. I need to also take snack items with me as I try to eat every 3-4 hours.
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How about Tuna sand with mustard.. on a thin whole wheat bread. also with carrots and celery and apple or orange. then maybe a turkey patty with veggies and fruit.. also chicken sand on whole wheat or in a whole wheat pita or whole wheat tort.. all kinds of things you can do..
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I always draw a blank when trying to come up with healthy food options. I am making an effort in 2013 to packing my lunch. Would love to hear your ideas for easy to pack, healthy brown bag lunch options. Wishing everyone a healthy 2013!