Post # 1
I am a grad student and I have an assistantship, so I work all day and then have a three hour class at night. So I am usually on campus for lunch and dinner time (I commute in from 20 miles away).
I really need some ideas for healthy, easy lunches to pack. I am trying to cut back on buying lunch because 1) it’s expensive, 2) it’s not always healthy, and 3) it’s hard to get around down here. Since it’s an urban university, parking is horrible and I would need to walk anywhere for lunch.
Do you have any suggestions? I am thinking healthy and relatively cheap, while easy to make. And preferable a mix of things that do and do not need to be microwaved. We only have one microwave for the whole floor!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
I usually bring some soup, yogurt/granola, applesauce (or fruit) and flavored almonds for lunch/snack. It’s a tad high in the sodium department, but overall low calories and (bad) fat. 🙂
Post # 4
Tuna sandwiches but not with regular mayo. Luna bars are really great too.
Post # 5
When I was dieting, my daily meals were turkey sandwich, pretzels, yogurt, grapes or apples, and then a Healthy Choice meal for dinner. I lost a ton of weight doing this and my trainer approved of the menu plan.
Post # 6
Well, this is pretty boring, but a good ole fashioned deli turkey sandwich (sliced deli from the counter is soooooo much better than the other stuff, and you can get more flavors too) with one slice of cheese, a little bit of mustard, and stick it in a pita or between whole wheat high fiber bread. Trader Joes makes an eggless mayo I like.
Bring a handful of almonds or some fruit.
You want a protein, a complex carb, and some fruit!
Post # 7
Thanks for the good ideas, bees! I will try them all out!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas
I make a salad too and put the dressing in it’s own little container to pour on right before I’m going to eat it. The salad usually consists of spinach, dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, some nuts and any other veggies I might have in my fridge (mushrooms, cucumbers, etc). I get a lite dressing from Annies http://www.anniesnaturals.com/natural_dressings YUM.
Post # 9
Yum, I love dried cranberries in salads!
Post # 10
I’ve been working on healthy lunches lately… I usually bring some cottage cheese, fruit (with peanut butter), multigrain crackers or chips, sometimes a yogurt, and often leftovers from the night before. My favorite leftover is ceaser salad!
Post # 11
I usually do turkey, lettuce, tomato wraps or salads with low cal dressing and dried cranberries. I’ve made a simple gazpacho before too and that was great.
These containers are awesome:
for lunches. The salad shakes has a small compartment for dressing and an ice pack in the lid. I carry it in a small insulated bag. Having nice containers makes for one less excuse for me!
Post # 12
If you have access to a microwave, you can bring leftovers. When I make dinner I usually make enough to bring for lunch. I also bring extra salad (with dressing on the side) to have, and then fruit for snacks. For a bit I did frozen meals, but found them to be less healthy and more expensive than just packing dinner.
One easy thing to do is make all your lunches for the week on Sunday (if you have time). You can bake/broil a bunch of chicken breasts and use them for salads, pastas, or wraps. Then have any snacks you want (chips, nuts, cheese) in small sandwhich bags, to make them easier to grab in the a.m.
Post # 13
I’m not crazy about the frozen meals either. I was eating them for a while but I lost my taste for them, plus they really aren’t that inexpensive. Bringing leftovers is a better idea.
Post # 14
Campbells select harvest Light soups are very good (for the days that you want to use the microwave), also, I know it’s been posted already by just plain ol’ sandwiches are tasty and low in calories (well, if you go easy on the mayo) and fat. Try jazzing them up a bit by toasting your bread before you leave the house, it will still keep the ‘toastiness’ until lunch, or putting it on flat whole-grain pita bread.
Another thing I suggest for your ‘microwave’ days are Lean Cuisine frozen dinners (if you have access to a freezer). They are soooo good and filling too!
Sorry I don’t have more advice for meals that don’t need microwaved. I know ‘sandwich’ isn’t a very creative answer, but really, I can’t think of much else that would be solid meal-type food, and not just a snack.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
How about hummus sandwiches for a quick, no microwave meal that isn’t turkey? I like mine with some honey mustard, lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Keep it simple. Pack a side of baked potato chips, sun chips, or some baby carrots to keep you full.
Post # 16
Salads are always great & easy – just throw it all in the same tupperware (I usually put some dressing in a zilploc back inside the container so the lettuce doesn’t get soggy).
I know you don’t have great access to a microwave but try it for a couple days & see how bad it is – I’ve been making huge pots of soup, pot roast, stew etc on Sundays then eating the leftovers for the rest of the week. It saves tons.
I also buy pizza dough, fill it with turkey or ham & cheese, roll it up & bake it – cut it into sections and it usually makes a couple sandwiches for the rest of the week.