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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,291
2/19/13 8:43 A

B vitamins are known as enegry producers.....Rye bread has lots of B vitamins about some deli beef or sliced turkey on rye bread with a mound of Romaine? Nuts are an excellent source of protein...maybe add some walnuts, almonds and a pear for fiber or some of his favorite raw veggies. An apple can also boost energy, and so can blueberries, strawberries and avocados.

Just a few more ideas...

Hard boiled egg...Eggs Are Loaded with Nutrients & lots of vitamins and rich in vitamin
B's. I have made a scrambled egg sandwich with romaine and Gardinera on rye.

Barley has good protein, maybe a cup of Barley Soup. There are little "Hot" containers that I believe Coleman Cooler makes that are perfect for a cup of soup.

A turkey sandwich with low fat cheese, tomato and lettuce might be an excellent lunch or you could make a chicken kabobs with the wooden throw away skewers and his favorite veggies.

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2/18/13 2:20 P

There are some things that can be frozen and will thaw by lunchtime. Try juice boxes with real juice or Gogurts. I try to change up things I add to sandwiches so they're not always the same. I like to add thin sliced cucumbers and horseradish to a roast beef sandwich, and roasted red peppers to grilled chicken sandwiches.
I love the idea of cold pasta. I make a quick sauce using low sodium V8 and a bunch of veggies like onion, mushroom, peppers and zucchini. I usually add a piece of fruit, some nuts and celery with either cream cheese or peanut butter. Looking forward to more ideas.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,290
2/18/13 12:43 P

Since he doesn't have access to a fridge, I'd suggest buying an insulated lunch bag with one of those little things you put in the freezer, for it. Alternately, you could double-ziplock some water and freeze it, or put a water bottle in the freezer, and use that to help keep things cold.

The important thing is that protein foods should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

I second the suggestion to ask him what kinds of things he'd like, and then tweak it to make it as healthy as he'll eat. My husband will eat almost any kind of sandwich, if it's got lettuce and tomato on it (I pack those separately so the bread doesn't get soggy).

2/18/13 12:30 P

Thanks for the ideas! Will definitely try them.


ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
2/18/13 11:33 A

Ask him what HE likes - what's his favorite lunch? Then make it 'healthier' by losing some of the fat (gradually, so he can get used to the taste). I am a huge fan of the 'deli meats' I find in the vegetarian section of the supermarket. To me, they have the exact taste of bologna, peperoni, etc. Huge difference in calories. Pack some pickled veggies, tomatoes, etc., separately so they don't get the sandwich soggy. Make the bread his favorite bread. Taste is very important. Make some tradeoffs, because you want something a person will enjoy eating as much as what he would choose himself!

Add a fruit salad made of fresh cut fruit or at least good quality canned. If he eats cottage cheese, have a container of low-fat cottage cheese. It should last unrefrigerated if wrapped well until lunchtime. Add up the calories for the whole thing. Energy is calories, and you say he's outdoors a lot, doing a physical job. It can be healthy without being 'diet.'

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2/18/13 11:26 A

Can he take a small cooler with an ice pack at least? I'm assuming he can. I've found many pasta dishes, especially those with red sauce, are still good when eaten cold (sometimes they're better that way!). That might be a good meal for him since the carbs will give him the physical energy he needs. You could puree veggies to put in the sauce, as cold veggies often aren't very good whole. Also, I've had this recipe saved for awhile for peanut butter and jelly "pockets":

Another option for sandwiches is to roast up chicken breasts or a pork tenderloin, then slice somewhat thinly and use that for your sandwich meat instead of lunch meat. It has a ton more protein and way less sodium, and will be a lot more filling for a sandwich than lunch meat is. Use sub rolls or buns to make them easier to eat than regular bread, since the thicker meat does tend to be heavier.

For snacks, stuff like nuts, beef jerky, and fruit like bananas, apples, and oranges, do not need to be refrigerated.

2/18/13 10:02 A

Hi! I am having some troubles thinking of some healthy lunch options for the hubby. He's outside for the majority of the day. Hardly ever any access to a microwave, fridge, etc. Very physical job, so he needs a lot of energy. Anyone have ideas? Trying to keep it simple as well. Thanks in advance!


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