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MELINBEAN's Photo MELINBEAN Posts: 10
10/19/09 12:57 P

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I just made a turkey sandwich (low fat turkey) on whole wheat bread, with a 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds. Having nuts, pre cut veggies, pretzels, fruit, popcorn, etc make for easy sides, or snacks.

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MOLLY886 Posts: 6
10/1/09 12:16 P

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Peanut Butter and Bananas on whole wheat toast!!

quick, easy and amazing!

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JODENISE Posts: 13
9/24/09 9:44 P

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For one, you can make any sandwich (minus pb&j) on lettuce leaves that you can make on bread.

When making tuna or chicken salad you can use pureed avocado instead of mayo. Add veggies to bulk up your filling. If you're not in the mood for a sanwich, use the inner leaves of romaine or celery for scooping and dipping, just portion before scooping or you''ll eat too much

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If you like tuna, I love tuna salad sandwiches with chunks of eggs, apples, and celery on whole wheat bread.

Throw together a salad with your favorite kind of lettuce, with chunks of fruit, chicken, nuts, chickpeas, etc.

If you're worried about sitting in class, they have lunchboxes and icepacks that work very well for keeping your lunch cold until you're ready to eat, and you can just toss it in your car or backpack when you're done.

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CC_GURLIE1008 Posts: 8
7/5/09 11:29 A

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before i became kinda sick of salad, this used to be one of my staples:

-big bowl of romaine leaves with halved strawberries and walnuts with a sprinkle of lemon juice
(give it a try, it's goood!)
- OR you can add raw cauliflower, diced apples, grapes, mushrooms...

Other non-salad options are:
-mini dumplings are a pretty easy and healthy lunch too, with some soy sauce and seasame oil
-vanilla yogurt with strawberries and/or other fruits
-oatmeal with fruits
-veggies with seasame oil (i usually use those frozen bags, since it just takes a few minutes to defrost in the microwave)

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MARY_YUM_YUM1 Posts: 40
7/5/09 11:28 A

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I just read the last post & had to add skinny cow... any kind, every kind... yum-yum!! ( :

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7/5/09 10:10 A

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I love having Special K crisp bars, they have lots of flavors, my favorites being pretzel and chocolate and vanilla. I also love having berries with a little scoop of cool whip, its great for my sweet tooth and beats ice cream. But, when I really want ice cream I est the Breyer's carb smart vanilla ice cream chocolate shell ones. Has a lot less sugar and carbs then regular ice cream.

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7/4/09 8:51 A

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Fiber One Bars and a quick strawberry smoothie or peanut butter and banana sandwich usually do the trick for me!

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6/25/09 9:37 P

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Seems like everyone loves Turkey!

I try to stock up on groceries every two-three weeks, make a big trip down to the supermarket to get my ample supply of wholewheat bread, turkey breast slices, low-fat vanilla and plain yoghurt, instant plain oats, whole-grain cereals like Fiber One, 100% natural P&B, lots of apples, kiwis, strawberries, blueberries, watermelons, papayas.. And heaps of lettuces, broccolis, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. And some fish like salmon and red snapper to steam.

If I'm out without packed lunch, I love subway's turkey breast. I make my own at home with wholewheat bread, very little butter spread and tons of vegs. Somedays when I'm absolutely lazy, P&B with anything. Some other days, chicken breast strips on wholewheat bread and vegs. Or hard-boiled egg sliced on toast and vegs, or even eaten alone. When I have the time, I steam fish/chicken and eat with a salad on the side. I always include a fruit to have with whatever I'm eating.

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6/22/09 4:30 P

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As a busy, poor college student I subsist on a few main staples. One of my favorite lunches is a turkey wrap. I put deli turkey and mozarella cheese on a tortilla, warm it up in the microwave for 30 seconds, then add sliced cucumber and lettuce. It is only about 300 calories and super tasty, I am a big fan. :)

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LHS126 Posts: 1
6/16/09 8:29 P

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Fresh salsa and chips is a good one. My favorite is the fresh salsa from Sam's Club and Blue Corn Chips. I almost always pack some cocoa roasted almonds (Emerald makes the ones I eat) they're filling, and a really good version of desert. Another really good prepackaged food I love is swiss flavored cheese wedges. They come individually wrapped and taste great on a sandwich or just on a bagel instead of cream cheese plus they're only 35 calories and there's plenty in one wedge for a regular sized bagel. Mixing anything (light ranch dressing, hot sauce, bar-b-que sauce, mayo) with canned chicken always makes for a good cracker spread or sandwich filler. The possibilities are endless!

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6/15/09 10:34 P

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One of my favorites is to make a yogurt salad (a sort of modified tzatziki).

You take plain yogurt (strain overnight in the fridge if you have time), add:
diced seeded cucumbers,
diced seeded tomatoes,
dill/basil/whatever fresh herbs you can find,
salt,
pepper,
black/green/kalamata olives,
and garlic.

Mix it all together and you can put it on wheat flatbread, make a sandwich, put on top of lettuce... pretty much everything. Super filling, super nutritious, and completely delicious.

Keeps for a few days - in fact, it only gets better. The flavors intensify. I recommend letting it sit overnight in the fridge if possible!

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MARY_YUM_YUM1 Posts: 40
6/15/09 1:57 A

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i like to have a frigo light string cheese, a small banana & a raspberry chocolate kashi bar... easy as it gets! lol. & pretty filling actually.

add a light flavored yogurt or a handful of almonds
for more protein.

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WOW- I am so new to this and getting a lot of good ideas...I am getting burnt out on sandwiches..I guess it never crossed my mind(considering it is full of A&P and nutrition..lol) that I could pack some fruits and veggies and maybe even yogurt or puddings I have all of those items here...Thanks for some good ideas. Any others would be great I love variety.

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CH33RDANC3R's Photo CH33RDANC3R Posts: 114
6/3/09 11:58 P

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smoked salmon on two pieces of whole wheat bread with some mustard and horse radish

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KA-KA-KA-KATIE's Photo KA-KA-KA-KATIE Posts: 115
2/5/09 7:50 A

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I like a turkey frank in the microwave. I'm guessing you're looking for quick and easy.

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2/4/09 10:49 P

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I definitely agree with Thalia about making enough of a dish to have leftovers, be it chili or lasagna or salad or whatever. Other ideas you could do are:

-burritos
-PB&J on rice or corn cakes
-vegetable kebobs
-soups!!!
-mini pizzas on English muffins
-store meatballs and tomato sauce in a thermos, then bring a bun to make a meatball sub
-wrap hot dog in a croissant (or a healthy version)
-crackers with a nut butter with side fruits/vegetables
-cereal (doesn't have to be just for breakfast)

As well, the following website has some good ideas for snacks: http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/artic
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THALIA_82 Posts: 218
2/4/09 7:51 P

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on Sundays I try to make something big for dinner that will provide me with lunch leftovers until hopefully Weds or Thursday. One of my favourites is corn and black bean salad. This weekend I made turkey chili, packed with veggies and beans, it's really filling and I made a big pot, so it's probably going to last me all week. Sometimes I'll make a big Greek salad (sans lettuce, real Greek salad doesn't have lettuce) and take a little of that every day, Greek salad is nice because you can stuff it in a pita, or put it over cold pasta, or just eat it plain. I'm also a big fan of cut up fruits/veggies, pickles and cheeses as a light meal.

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POWERPLATYPUS Posts: 2
2/3/09 4:54 P

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I'm having the same problem. I have to pack my lunch, dinner, and snacks since i live at home and spend 12 hours a day at school. I'm beginning to get tired of sandwiches and salads every day, any ideas?

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2/3/09 3:53 A

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I'm currently going to a two-year college and living at home, and I usually eat in the cafeteria for lunch everyday. [Last semester it was a Mexican restaurant and McDonald's] Now I'm trying to figure out cheap and healthy things I can keep at home to take with me, or pick up at the grocery store across the street from school, that don't need to be refrigerated during the day while I'm in class. I was going to post a new topic, but I figured it would fit well in this one. Any suggestions?

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OHLHAUC1's Photo OHLHAUC1 Posts: 9
1/25/09 12:52 P

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I have access to a kitchen so I cook most of my meals. One of my favorite lunches is:
Cooked barley and/or quinoa
Kidney beans and chickpeas with sweet and sour sauce and ground flaxseeds
Roasted brussels spouts, seasoned with a tiny bit of safflower oil and pepper
Grilled baby bok choy sprinkled with sunflower seeds
Almond milk
Orange or blackberries

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MRANITY Posts: 43
11/18/08 11:30 P

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I like to make quick salads-i have my salad from the bag and just throw it out on a plate with some Horrmel chicken breast (60 calories per 2 ounces), shredded cheese, low cal/fat bacon, and red onions. I chop up my veggies over the weekends and store them in freezer bags or containers so I don't have to do it in the week.

I enjoy sandwiches, lean cuisine or Amy's organic frozen meals, canned soup (lower sodium ones), instant brown rice with chicken, salad, and some other junk. Everything I eat is pretty fast...

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TIGERLILY16 Posts: 3
11/18/08 5:17 P

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I like yogurt and an apple. Maybe two apples if I'm really hungry. For snacks, I like to carry fresh fruit or small amounts of low fat cheese.

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11/17/08 10:25 P

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It's hard to find healthy, cheap options around here, so some things I do for lunch are eat a yogurt with granola (which I keep in my room), have some soup, and always a fruit.

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11/14/08 2:24 P

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i really like having a protein bar or luna bar and have maybe an apple and a pear/canned peaches. if you drink water in between each you'll be easily filled. and reduced fat peanut butter & honey sandwiches on whole wheat are always delicious.

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11/13/08 7:22 P

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peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread, you could even try almond butter, canned soup, whole grain rice with veggies, veggie burgers, grilled chicken strips, salad

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9/13/08 9:16 P

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So I do not even have a meal plan.. But that is because I am living off campus and its not really a financially savvy plan for me.. So I pack my lunches.. I find that sandwhiches are really good.. I make turkey sandwhiches getting the meat from the deli, whole wheat bread, lite Mayo and mustard.. If I want to jazz it up (and depending on your storage space) I add tomatos and lettuce.. I have also done the tuna and crackers but I use wheat thins. Um I would suggest making sure that you have healthy snacks with it, like an apple or um carrots or some kind of fruit.. that way you are getting all of your food groups as possible.. um what else, Lean Cuisine frozen dinners are always good and sometimes you can get a GREAT deal on them at your local grocer.. Healthy Harvest I think has little individual microwave able meals, and they are small like the campbell soup servings, but they have like chicken and rice etc, so you could try those out.. Best of luck to you..

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i eat a turkey sandwich, yogurt, and some type of fruit (i.e. usually an apple)

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Hey, Hey..........

I had the same problem in the beginning. The best thing to do is go in the grocery store and shop around looking @ nutrition facts to see what's best.

I've found organic poptarts, Turkey on whole grain bread, Uncle Wally's Whole Grain Muffins - 80 calories, Pudding, Hormel Microwavable Meals, Fresh Fruit, Yoplait Yogurt, Granola Bars, etc.. And you can typically eat a lot of fruit, before you hit a calorie count of any significance.

But you're probably going to have to go spend some time in the grocery store just looking around and remember to keep your ears open.

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9/12/08 3:22 P

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I have a "smaller" meal plan that allows me 12 meals a week. So some days I just eat lunch in my room. What are low-cal, diet friendly lunches that are easy to make, and also arne't too expensive. Right now I eat one of those single serving packets of tuna (like a little squeeze of mayo...not even a tbsp) and some ritz crackers. It fills me up, but I need some variety.

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