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  • I saved this article because it's awesome! I didn't even think about spreading hummus on my sandwiches and now I'm excited to go grocery shopping!
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    I pack cheese sandwiches (try pepper jack) with lettuce, tomato and italian oil. Add some veggie chips instead of potato chips.
  • This was very helpful, I am excited to hit the Grocery with these ideas. It will save money in the long run and hopefully get me on the right track for weight loss!
    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.

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