I also batch cook-have next week's meals all packed in pyrex dishes ready for work. I take it all in a cooler-type lunch box with my filtered water and tea bags. Silverware,etc. is already there. It makes it so much easier to stay on track.
Mary, Yomitan, JAPAN
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
I do batch cooking on the weekends and package my meals for the week in individual containers so I can just grab and go in the morning - that's the only way I can stick to a healthy diet! I also keep a scoop of protein powder in a shaker bottle in my bag so if I'm called away from the office during a meal time I can have that to tide me over until I can have my meal.
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13 By the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Cor. 15:10
There's some great ideas here. Also... I bought a case of cheap glass pint containers with snap-on plastic lids. When I have to be out during lunch I always have one or two of these containers with left-overs, salads (lots of different kinds of salads, meat, fish, veggie, bean) and some fruit for dessert. I carry these things in an insulated bag with one of those frozen cold-pac thingys. When I make meals at home I always make more than I need at the time and then when I need to run, it's there!
If you are into bread (which I am not) you can always make sandwiches. The variations are endless and even fast if you already have one of those salads made up (tuna, egg, ham, chicken, cream cheese with cucumber salad...etc.)
Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 8/26/2011 (15:08)
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Do you enjoy salads? I'm starting to prep all of my greens (or just buy the prewashed/mixed), chop veggies, and mix up a larger batch of dressing so that it's ready to go for lunch. Also putting nuts and other additives in easy open jars, quickly accessible, helps packing them easier - just keep the dressing on the side until you go to eat them. Pack an ice pack or put in a fridge if accessible and don't forget a good protein serving to go with it so you're not starving shortly afterwards.
I also like veggie and bean salads as well, tasty cold and a nice variation over a lettuce salad, though I find they really stretch salad greens too and dressing is built in.
I've also just liked keeping hefty snacks for lunch, cheese, meats, easy to eat fruits/veggies, nuts - it doesn't always feel like a meal, but it gets me through the day. Having everything prepped before you have to pack it is a really good trick to have up your sleeve, makes it painless and brainless.
The struggle I have with Clean Eating is mostly around lunches. During the work week, my norm is to throw a frozen 'Healthy Choice' thing in the microwave (which isn't all that healthy sometimes). I don't have access to blenders, ovens, stoves... at work. I need something I can throw into my bag quickly in the morning and then have for a quick lunch. If it's not convenient - I tend to not do it at all.
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