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SONICB Posts: 4,381
9/4/13 9:59 A

I get bored of sandwiches very easily but for some reason am okay with sandwich alternatives... like stuffed pita pockets, tortilla wraps, crackers w/dip or cheese or tuna salad or some other protein source. If you can pack a salad, it's easy to pack some pita wedges to make it more filling.

JUNKDRAWER Posts: 1,253
9/4/13 9:52 A

I always have a stash of protien/meal bars, nut or trail mix packs, and low sodium V8 juice on hand. I've also enjoyed having some pre-prepared apple, cheese and pretzel packets that my grocery store puts together. I don't get a lunch break and rarely have time for a "proper" meal, but try to get some protien in.

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9/4/13 8:23 A

Thanks all. I really, really appreciate your ideas!

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9/4/13 1:55 A

I would check to see how long food can stay cold and safe to eat even with an insulated bag. It would be fine for lunch but you said you are away till evening and that seems too long. Also if you freeze a yogurt it can be used to keep other items cold and will thaw in time for lunch.
The tuna/salmon and chicken no drain packs are handy with no fridge needed
Nut butter
For items to keep cold
Pasta salad with veggies/chicken
Grilled chicken salad with dressing
Lean deli meat/cheese/hard boiled egg in salad
Since you stated you don't like sandwich what about having whole grain crackers, pasta, wraps though I guess are considered a sandwich
Veggies or fruit dipped in cottage cheese or nut butter

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9/3/13 8:18 A

I make ice packs by freezing ziplocs full of dish soap. The gel doesn't get rock hard but stays flexible and I can make it fit into practically any space.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,331
9/3/13 7:35 A has the best collection of lunch ideas i have ever seen, even if you don't buy their bento box. just click on menus or recipes or sign up for their newsletter.

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9/3/13 3:31 A

I like fresh fruit. Salads Yogurt are also a good option.

PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
9/2/13 9:58 P

I pack leftovers from our meal the night before as I clear the table...

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9/2/13 9:43 A

Fabulous ideas. I could definitely get a few ice packs.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
9/2/13 8:22 A

not item suggestions, but I usually have a thermal bag and a hard-frozen ice pack to keep my lunches cool/fresh. That way I can take nearly anything I wish.

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9/2/13 8:20 A

tuna/salmon/chicken pouch
mayonnaise packet
raw veggies
fresh fruits
raw almonds

9/2/13 7:31 A

My son loves it if I pack him a container of hummus or a fruit salad.

I would recommend getting a good lunch box or lunch sack that you can put something frozen in to keep things cool until you're ready. One of the tricks I've picked up is to freeze your yogurt or your sandwich overnight and let it thaw over the course of the day.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
9/2/13 5:46 A

Can you get a cooler bag? Then you could pack salads, maybe sushi, and not worry about it getting warm. Do you have access to any cooking facilities, like a microwave? If you do, soup is a great option, or you can make an extra portion of your dinner and have that.

DASHKATH Posts: 862
9/2/13 5:37 A

I always pack leftovers from last nights dinner for lunch. Salads are a good option. Soups with extra veggies thrown in are a quick fix when you are pressed for time.

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9/1/13 7:54 P

Thanks! I appreciate it. :) Also looking for full meal ideas. :)

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (278,548)
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9/1/13 5:50 P

I like fresh fruit and nuts (or trail mix kind of thing). It's easy and very portable with lots of variety that is your choice ... hope this helps.

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9/1/13 3:57 P

I have some early classes and will be stuck at school til night a few days a week this semester... I'm not a sandwich kind of girl, generally. What are your favourite lunches that you can pack and not worry about getting warm?


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