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Please give me ideas for bag lunches

Hi, I am getting so sick of the food I bring to work every day. I have been buying food at lunch b/c I hate eating the same bagged lunch every day and I need some suggestions! I don't really have a lot of time to prepare, so I need something rather quick. This is what I am sick of:

hard boiled eggs
lean pockets
string cheese
carrot sticks

If you have any other ideas for quick, healthy bagged lunches, please let me know!

Wed. Aug 15, 11:21am

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orange, peach, nectarine, grapes, banana
veggies and hummus
amy's frozen veggie pockets and burritos

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 11:27 AM

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Leftovers from dinner - those are my favorite!

-Turkey avocado sandwich (or really, any sandwich) - just use whole grain or low calorie bread
-baked potato topped with veggies
-lean cuisines
-tuna (sandwich, salad, or with whole grain crackers)
-banana and peanut butter

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 11:42 AM

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smoked fish on crackers
white bean paste instead of hummus once in a while
applesauce cups
raw nuts (almonds are great)
fruit leathers
yogurt and fruit smoothies in a thermos
cottage cheese w/ fruit

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 12:01 PM

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I'm into packing a salad w/lotsa veggies on it.
Often I will cook up a few chicken breasts one day a week & separate them into bags. It is a little bit of prep. work, but is nice to have lean protein over my salad.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 12:12 PM

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Not the og poster but wanted to say good idea 12:12. I think I will use that one. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 3:35 PM

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I make extra salad for dinner and take some for lunch then top with a little protien, leftovers from dinner or canned tuna, sometimes a little feta cheese or sprinkling of almonds or walnuts, and my favorite low fat dressing. Add a piece of seasonal fresh fruit. I never get tired of this and it takes almost no extra time to make.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 10:38 PM

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I make extra dinner and take the left overs the next day. Tomorrow I am having an asian noodle salad for lunch (at work) and a turkey, tomato, eggplant and yorshire pudding casserole for dinner (also at work). The second one sounds gross but man is it amazing! Its even a Richard Simmons dish lol.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 11:47 PM

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Being single and living alone I use my crock pot to make massive amounts of soups, stews and chicken, then portion it out all at once to make like 7 portions, one for each seems to work. 4 chicken breasts, one quart of salsa, frozen corn for 6 hours...YUMMY!

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 12:53 AM

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I love the cooking ahead ideas! I am a college student and yesterday was my first day back to class. I arranged my schedule so I would have 45 min. for lunch. I went and stood in line for 40 min and never did get any food errr so I am packing my lunch from now on. Also I will bring some almonds in a snack bag, they really seem to help. I don't want to get home and pig out because I am starved from no food!! I loved the idea about cooking a bag of chicken a week as well as the crockpot idea. I am not sure if there is a microwave around so I will make cold stuff until I find out! Thanks ya'll

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 7:47 AM

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Cooking ahead is the best idea. Or just making extra and bringing the leftovers for lunch the next day. Here's what I like to make:
- chili
- soups and stews
- salads
- sandwiches
- bring fixings for burritos - lettuce, tomato, beans, tortillas, cheese - and make them for the week
- fresh fruit
- nuts
- applesauce

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 1:01 PM

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What about a turkey wrap. I have found that Philly fat free cream cheese is excellent with it. And low cal.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 4:17 PM

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Here's a filling recipe that you can make for dinner one night and take leftovers for lunch the following days...Turkey chili, it's from Men's Health magazine...
1 lb lean turkey, browned
Add 1 can Rotel(diced tomatoes), drain canned sweet corn, 1 packet (or I add 1/2 packet bc of sodium) taco seasoning, 1/4 cup water (or more to taste), and 1 can drained and rinsed black beans. Heat through about 20 mins. YUM, lots of protein.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 5:14 PM

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Bumble Bee Tuna's spicy thai pepper(something like that) and add it to a pack of Uncle Ben's microwavable brown rice.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 5:16 PM

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Thursday, March 20, 2008, 9:45 AM

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If you have access to a microwave, I've found that the Smart Ones meals are awesome!!! I usually have one and then some fruit, veggie or yogurt.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 10:41 AM

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I eat a salad
my husband likes those southbeach wraps or southbeach sub sandwiches
grapes are great
any 100 calorie snack pack
sugar free pudding

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 6:52 PM

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If you don't have access to a frig then the one serving bags of tuna are great: I dress mine with a made ahead mix of lime juice, chili sauce and small amount of pickle relish. You can put it on a salad, or use crackers, bread or a wrap, if allowed.

I also love this mix: when the tomatoes are good, it's my first choice:

2 tomatoes chopped 1/2" (I like to drink the juice of the mix to top off my meal, but, it won't be as wet if you squeeze out some juice and seeds first)
1 chopped red or green pepper
1 or 1/2 chopped celery stalk (your choice)
About the same amount chopped cucumber as tomato
Pressed garlic, if desired
1 T of Balsamic vinegar, or to taste (I like it tart!)
Handful chopped fresh basil
2 oz crumbled feta
Salt and Pepper

The entire recipe is only about 210 calories, with medium tomatoes and full fat feta. I usually only eat half: it makes a lot! It's great by itself, in half a whole wheat pita, over a salad.

Friday, March 21, 2008, 10:56 AM

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I'll take some leftover pasta and some leftover beans, add chopped Roma tomato, fresh basil, grated cheese, olive oil, and basamic vinegar in a container; throw in a couple of olives. Make the night before.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 1:11 PM

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Want to really lose weight???

Don't eat lunch, eat healthy snacks every 2 hours.

banana, tuna, V-8...
those Bumble Bee Tuna's spicy thai pepper are delicious but FULL of sugar - just bring a can-opener and eat tuna out of a coffee cup with a plastic spoon with mustard and relish - 150 cals almost all protein & a little omega 3

gross ? - who cares !

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 1:30 PM

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L-E-F-T-O-V-E-R-S !!!!!!!!!!!!

Be creative in the kitchen for dinner - try Rachel Ray 30 min meals or something - and then eat that for lunch the next day

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 2:22 PM

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