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i dont normally pack a lunch cos i am a stay at home mom, but the other day i did, so what i took was a sandwich made of whole wheat bread, low sodium deli ham (fresh) with an apple, and a serving of almonds (low salt) and it was quite filling.. :) cant give you any other suggestions but i am sure if other people reply you can compile quite a list :)
edit : I also have done a sandwich of whole wheat bread, tuna, and tomato slices... with something like an apple, lol..
I work at home doing daycare, so don't "pack" a lunch.
I usually aim for a salad (romaine, carrots, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, maybe some red peppers, or sprouts) + 1oz cheddar cheese cubes, or 2oz of leftover chicken breast (or whatever meat we had the nite before) + 3 ryvita sesame rye or light rye crispbreads
* another fave is 1 can water-packed tuna smushed with 1/2 avocado on whole wheat bread + sprouts or romaine
* 3 ryvita sesame rye crispbreads + 2 tbs peanut butter + large sliced banana
add some veggie sticks, or fruit and voila!
Word of the wise, though, regarding pre-packing salads or greens: pack greens that can wilt (lettuce, spinach, kale, bok choy, sprouts, etc.) the day before you plan to take them in a packed lunch - do not put any dressing, juice or oil on the greens, pack those separately, otherwise your salad will be soggy and gross when you pull it out to eat later on!
Hope that's helpful! ^_^
- 2 tortilla wraps, one with a slice of turkey, extra light mayonnaise and spring onions, one with turkey again but Laughing Cow light cheese spread and cucumber.
- 3 slices of raw cucumber, 1 raw carrot, 1 stick of celery, 1 tomato
All that adds up to 372 calories, I also take an apple to eat as a snack usually on my journey home.
Lunch One Two hard-boiled egg whites 2-3 cups mixed veggie slices (sweet peppers, grean beans, asparagus) 1 tbsp vinagrette for dipping 1 cup kashi go lean crunch 1 cup fat free yogurt banana 1 cup blueberries 1 square Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bar Iced Green Tea
Lunch Two 1/2 chicken breast, broiled with hotsauce 1 tbsp fat free ranch dressing 1 cup steamed brocolli 2 cups spinach orange apple 1 cup fat free yogurt Nutz Over Chocolate Luna Bar Iced Green Tea
Lunch Three .5 cup curried lentils .5 cup brown rice 5 cups garlic sauteed spinach (measured before cooking) 1 cup fat free yogurt banana 1 cup blueberries orange 1 cup cucumber slices 1 square Hershey's special dark chocolate bar Iced Green Tea
I like to take the South Beach Diet wrap kits - they're only 240 cals, and fill me up pretty well. I also usually take a medium apple, and a couple of 100 cal snack bars for snacks. And I keep small squares of Dove chocolate at my desk for a small chocolate pick me up in the middle of the afternoon.
When I don't feel like a wrap, I take Lean Cuisine or South Beach frozen entrees (but I have the luxury of a freezer to put them in until lunch).
1 medium banana
1 tub source yogurt (about 50 cal)
1 wedge of watermelon
1/2 cup cottage cheese (thats my protein for this afternoon)
28 baby cut carrots (about a sandwhich bag full)
1 cup grapes
I don't take an actual lunch break to eat this, I just kind of graze all day, and never really let myself get hungry. It seems to be working for me, I am satisfied all day!
Breakfast: Fiber cereal with skim milk or toasted bagel with light cream cheese. and coffee, usually black, sometimes milk and/or sugar
Lunch: Light wheat bread with deli meat (usually low salt turkey) and mustard. and a fruit.
Snack: Different all the time. sometiems another fruit or yogurt or pretzels, whatever i feel like.
and a liter of water
I always take healthy snacks to work as well. Fiber One bars, apples, bananas, whole grain crackers, snack size yogurt.
breakfast: 3 sausage links & an apple
snack: Dannon Lite & Fit / w/ bran buds & a cheese stick
Lunch: Turkey Pita ( lettuce, tomato, miracle whip lite ) salad ( I make one everyday and change it up with toppings.. I eat some at lunch and some at dinner....
Snack: Cottage Cheese & Pineapple
Dinner: Pork Chop , Sweet Potato, & some of the salad ( Roasted Parmesian Red Pepper dressing/ KRAFT 35 cal a serving)
Thats just what I have today!!!!! I do change it up!!!!
Lately Ive been bring fresh veggies to work and steaming them - there are these cool ziploc bags you can buy to steam veggies in the microwave. Sometimes I will bring brown rice in the have with it, sometimes I throw some chicken in the mix too. I also have a piece of fruit with it.
I also bring in stuff to make sandwiches or wraps. I usually bring in enough to make lunch for a week. I also keep some Boca Chili on hand at home...really good soy protein chili, its filling and only 150 cals!
I also make sure I keep things such as fruit, kashi bars, fiber 1 bars, oatmeal etc on hand to munch on during the day if needed.
Dinner is whatever I can find that's low in calories. I hate cooking.
TODAY though, my boyfriend let me steal his lunch. It's grilled chicken and vegetables on wheat rice/brown rice (whatever). And it's got a tablespoon of some sauce he made that he claims has no more than 20 calories. It sounds good. Better than my sandwich, that's for sure.
I have work and then class a couple of days a week- on those days I pack at least 1000 calories worth of food (i'm on campus until 9pm)->
I usually pack a lean cuisine (300), 1 oz of 2% cheddar cheese (90), a wheat mini-bagel (100), a couple pieces of fruit (125), 100 cal pop secret (100), sugar free jello cup (10), a slim fast (190), and a Kashi chewy granola bar (140).
On days when i just have work- I often take just some fresh veggies and pick up a low fat fruit smoothie (300ish) from Smoothie King for lunch.
but sometimes, I make a batch of stirfry with chicken, brown rice and veggies and freeze small portions and take that as well as my salad,
sometimes I have a sandwich with whole grain bread, and some sort of deli meat (either roast beef, turkey or ham)...I don't like mayo, so I either spread a wedge of laughing cow cheese on the bread, or I have mustard
Sometimes I take a lean cuisine or Smartones dish...it just depends. If you get bored easily, give yourself lots of healthy options and you'll be able to stick to it longer.
i like your idea of eating tuna salad on slices of cucumber. i'll have to try that!
I'm gone for 12.5 hours a day, so my lunchbox is my breakfast, lunch, and snack box.
Today: 1 C Cheerios, 6 oz Yoplait Thick and Creamy Light, 2 cups grapes, 1 cup of 1% cottage cheese, homemade salad dressing (dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, honey, olive oil), salad (romaine, carrots, yellow pepper, squash, tomato, turkey), Laughing Cow Light Cheese, Crushed Black Pepper Triscuits.
Lunch: Salad, triscuits, cheese
Snack: cottage cheese