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ICEBOYKOLD SparkPoints: (37,624)
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7/25/12 5:07 P

I do sandwiches with Pepperidge Farm on Arnold bread (40-45 calories per slice) and fresh turkey with mustard, but sometimes I add Trader Joe soups. They're low calorie and it's satisfying to eat something warm. I also try to eat a bit later in the day so it's not as long until lunch. I also try to remember to drink lots of water in the afternoon to feel more full.

MRSDISANTO SparkPoints: (2,675)
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7/25/12 2:35 P

Thanks all for the great recommendations! Today, I left the sandwich thins, cheese, egg and olive at home and substituted an organic lentil stew. I'm also going to try sipping some tea this afternoon when my hunger pangs start.

In response to some of the posts, I'm getting no less than 100 oz of water each day and I typically have a "banana wrap" for breakfast--small organic banana, 1/2 tbsp of almond butter with a small amount of Agave syrup on half of a whole wheat tortilla. I usually have a snack around 10 a.m. of some nuts or a whole grain cereal (just dry).

Thanks again for the suggestions!

KIRA97 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/25/12 1:54 P

I would suggest doing nut butter and banana on the sandwich thin instead. This has protein and will keep you full until your next meal.

LYNN4HOPE Posts: 231
7/24/12 4:35 P

It might sound weird but today I sliced cucumber, half a can of tuna mixed with 2 tbs of broccoli and cheese soup right from the can. it was really good and not even 100 calories and it was filling.

TJ1TJ1 SparkPoints: (2,514)
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7/24/12 2:50 P

I get bored with healthy food really easily. I try to mix things up, soup, sandwiches, salads, rice & beans...I look up low calorie, high fiber lunch & breakfast ideas online and I go from there. I'm on a tuna kick right now..straight out the can, sprinkle a little lemon pepper on it and go...I also slice tomatoes and make a tuna sandwich (no bread) with em..mmmm good.

EMILYDOODLE Posts: 1,708
7/24/12 2:39 P

tuna salad and pasta with veggies with italian dressing drizzled on it, wrap with ham and cheese or turkey and cheese.

TKORTE99 Posts: 143
7/24/12 1:40 P

I really like the Starkist Tuna Salad that's in the foil packet and ready to go on a sandwich or crackers. I like to eat it with Triscuits. The tuna salad is 90 calories. Can't go wrong there!! I usually bring a romaine salad with tomatoes & a little cheese and then my favorite low cal dressing to go on it. Add with it a yogurt or some fruit and its a tasty meal that's not too high in calories or fat and it stays with you!!

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7/24/12 1:08 P

Fiber and protein usually stays with you longer.

For instance say you eat 2 apples vs drinking a glass of Apple Juice. Not only does the apple juice contain more calories but its packed with sugar and it does not satisfy hunger at all.

ANywho personally I like getting these lean turkey burgers by Jennie o. I think in one patty there's 160 calories with 30 grams of protein! But ~beware~ if you eat more then around 24-30 grams of protein in one meal some of that protein may be processed in as fat.

Oh and I also started buying those steam veggies. My favorite is broccoli. After I'm done steaming it I like to add low fat shredded cheese and it taste super awesome!

By the way I like morning star as well. The Veggie burgers are so delish (110 calories). Just be careful with those haha.

LINDSEYHS31 SparkPoints: (14,579)
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7/24/12 12:40 P

I made the "standard chicken salad" recipe that a member posted. She suggested the addition of cayenne pepper which makes all the difference! I put a cup of that on a bed of spinach, add some avocados (for the healthy fat addition). It goes in a container well, doesn't need dressing which can be difficult to transport to work. It was so good that I shouted across the office to my co-worker about it! The recipe makes 3 cups worth so that should provide for a few meals. emoticon

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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7/24/12 12:32 P

A great way to sneak veggies into any sandwich is to steam 1 cup of spinach or swiss chard in the microwave for 2 minutes, drain, and put it in the sandwich instead of lettuce.

Or you could have a veggie or lean turkey burger with part-skim cheese, cooked greens as I mentioned or lettuce, and a slice of tomato.

One thing yummy to dress up sandwiches is 1 tsp of pre-made pesto sauce as a spread, if the rest of the sandwich is fairly low in fat. Delicious with cheese or cream cheese and tomatoes.

Lunch for me is usually fruit and nuts, dried green beans or snap peas (found at Trader Joe's or Whole foods), 1 cup of split pea or bean soup microwaved at work, or 1 cup of a homemade protein shake, or carrots or celery with hummus.

Edited by: KFWOHLFORD at: 7/24/2012 (12:37)
BHSKITTYKATT SparkPoints: (100,948)
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7/24/12 12:26 P

I usually do the sandwich thing, too. However, I invested in a cheap ceramic to-go container, which is microwave friendly. When I have leftover soup, pasta, etc. from home, I can take those for lunch. I made Chef Meg's Nutty Noodles (one of my fav easy recipes) and brought leftovers to work the other day. I've brought lasagna, various casseroles, and soups before, too.

I also drink a LOT of tea at work. Water just doesn't always cut it. Tea seems to stave off the hunger pains for longer. Chai varieties are my favorites!

7/24/12 12:24 P

Here's what I do for lunch, that is super-satisfying and filling!

Romaine salad with grape tomatoes, 1 can albacore tuna in water, 1 avocado, plus dressing of choice (I like honey mustard, it goes great with the avocado). It's around 500+ calories, but I promise it will keep you full until dinner!

VKLINE326 Posts: 965
7/24/12 12:13 P

Soups are great for lunch. I've been having a sandwich on light bread with about 2 oz of meat, mustard and tons of lettuce, tomato and onion. I will pair this with a light soup or sauteed veggies. Keeps me full for about 3 hours and then I will have a fage greek yogurt which tides me over until a healthy dinner :)

Sounds like your lunch is pretty balanced! Are you drinking plenty of water? Dehydration can sometimes feel like hunger. Best of luck!

Edited by: VKLINE326 at: 7/24/2012 (12:14)
SBKING785 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/24/12 12:09 P

Your lunch sounds delish and I might have to try that! But I totally understand wanting to switch it up.

My favorite lunch is a veggie burger (MorningStar Black Bean) with a few slices of avocado, cherry tomatoes, and arugula stuffed into a 100-calorie pita pocket. It's about 350 calories and I'll usually bring some pumpkin seeds, edamame or jerky for a snack (about 100 calories)

Getting a bunch of protein and fiber at breakfast and lunch could help you stay full all day. What do you usually eat for breakfast? I used to eat oatmeal and a banana every. Single. Day. and realized I was always so hungry because there's really not a whole lot of protein there. I switched oatmeal with some cold or room-temp quinoa (an awesome make-ahead breakfast), a drizzle of honey a few walnuts and a handful of blueberries (total about 350 calories) and it's worked wonders at keeping me full!

MAGTASTIC103 Posts: 588
7/24/12 11:59 A

How about packing a piece of fruit to eat a few hours after your lunch break? That could curb your snack attack once you get home. If you're still feeling the munchies when you get home, have a small salad ready in the fridge and have that.

MRSDISANTO SparkPoints: (2,675)
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7/24/12 11:23 A

I would love any suggestions my fellow SP-ers would have on lunches to pack during the week. I work in an office and typically bring my lunch everyday. I stick to pretty much the same thing everyday:

-100 calorie sandwich thin
-1 wedge of low-calorie cream cheese (Laughing Cow)
-2 Tbsp of hummus
-2 Tbsp of green olives
-3 oz of grilled chicken breast
-12 baby carrots
-1 small hard-boiled egg
-1 slice of Kraft singles 2% american cheese

This all adds up to just under 350 calories. But, I'm finding that an hour or two after eating, I feel like I haven't eaten at all. Then, I get home from work and snack until dinner, wrecking my calorie count for the day (I'm typically around 300 calories for breakfast and will try to sneak in a morning snack).

Any thoughts on some more "satisfying" lunch options? Thanks!!

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