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Brown Bags Don't Have to be Boring


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    Good ideas. The best thing that I can do to stay on track is PLAN AHEAD. Every night before I go to bed, I plan what I will be eating for breakfast and lunch the next day and get it ready. If I don't, I end up at the Chinese buffet with the gals I work with.
  • Love wraps or pita pockets - make my own, easy. shove some spinach, red bell peppers, alvacado, maybe cut up some sun dried tomatos...little cheese- I like a bit of crumbled feta - maybe some dark red kidney beans?? whatever is on hand...some brown or white rice. If you eat meat throw some on there. Wrap it up - and go. I use the cold bags from Trader Joe or somewhere ($1.99) and put my frozen water bottles in there to keep it cool. Throw in some apples, bag of almonds, walnuts, you get the picture and I'm happy for the 10 - 14 or longer hours I'm away from home during the school year. Now, I love oranges, grapes and all kinds of fruit and lots of veggies, so when I have energy, I put alot more together because in school pepole just shower us with suger stuff that I just can't eat!! donna
  • I bring a sandwich with thinly sliced leftover meatloaf on extra thin bread with light Miracle whip along with some snow peas or radishes instead of chips. My workplace isn't strict, so I can eat half my sandwich around 11am and the other around 3pm. It keeps me from hitting the vending machine!
  • Peanut butter and bananas spread on a whole wheat tortilla; hummus or any beans you can tolerate (love the Beano!) mashed up, mixed with a little mustard, yogurt or mayo, and finely minced veggies (think celery, peppers, carrots, etc) spread on a piece of rye bread; cold rice salad with chopped veggies (add a little curry to spice it up); a nice gazpacho or other cold soup; hard boiled eggs with a dip; or some whole grain crackers with cheese - maybe try a little of a different kind of cheese with your favorite. A smoothie might be a nice change of pace.
  • Casey, I don't have alot of time to cook through the week either so on weekends I cook and freeze food in portions. Maybe that will work for you.
    They now make individual brown rice cups that just need to be heated up, what a great idea for lunches! A thermos is a great way to go too - with soup or other hot foods. I also mix up a chicken breast salad or tuna salad that will last me several days.
    Yes, Marie, they do. Check Target or Walmart.
  • Those are good for people who have the use of a microwve, but what about us who want hot food during the winter months who don't havea microwaves available ?
    I am looking for awide outh thermos to cary cassaroles and soups in. Do theystill manufacture them?
  • I pack my husband's lunch. I like to give him 'interesting' leftovers and lots of choices. If an extra chicken thigh keeps him from making a fast-food run, it's worth it.
  • good ideas but i work out side and i cant do most of them
  • Unfortunately I live in a place where so many of the items suggested can't be bought -- for example, if I want roast turkey meat instead of bologna, I would have to roast a turkey myself! The only meats available to buy for sandwiches are processed pork cuts (ham, sausage, etc). I find it very difficult to cook in the evenings in order to make a sandwich for the next day. The leftovers from my dinners (tossed vegetables, soups) don't lend themselves to sandwiches, and I don't have access to a microwave. So it's usually an apple, and some bread and cheese. Very boring. I just don't know what to do! This article doesn't really help my situation.
    Great ideas. Lunches from leftovers sounds great.
    Excellent tips. I will begin to make wiser choices with my bag lunches.
  • I like this article very much. Great tips for lunches & snacks. I will be trying the tip for a great salad with the chick peas & corn. Sounds yummy.

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