Post # 1
Hey Bees 🙂 I’m on the hunt for some new ideas! I try to pack my lunch and snacks for work every day but lately I’ve been bored with the monotony of it. Help a girl out and suggest some healthy(ish) lunch and snack ideas.
I don’t typically eat frozen meals, and HATE HATE HATE blueberries (all other berries are ok) I can’t stand coconut and I don’t eat most nuts (not allergic, just a wierd texture thing)
I usually bring greek yogurt, fruit, a sandwich or two, and a few cookies or chocolate for something sweet.
I have access to a fridge, freezer, and microwave.
So Hive, what do you suggest I do to break up the boring routine?
ETA-I’m still providing breastmilk for DD, so calories don’t scare me 🙂
Post # 3
I was just thinking about posting something like this! I was thinking about going to the cafeteria because I’m sick of my boring lunches and was trying to come up with some new ideas for lunch. So… Commenting to follow!
Post # 4
i eat salad for lunch every day. At the beginning of the week I bring in a bag of spinach or spring mix, cut up veggies that will keep (usually peppers and mushrooms) an avocado or two, shredded cheese and a protein (usually chicken.) I assemble it al together daily with some salt and pepper. I don’t get bored of it, actually, and it’s a million times cheaper and easier than buying lunch (I usually eat at my desk due to work.)
For snacks, I bring hardboiled eggs and stringcheese (the stringcheese is a hot commodity, I have to watch it in the fridge ha.) Both of those things are high in fat so they keep you full longer. If I’m starving I’ll also add a can of tuna mid afternoon.
Post # 5
I’m going to have to hit up Panera today since I don’t think oatmeal and yogurt are going to cut it today :/ Womp-womp.
I’m hoping to have time for a trip to the grocery store this evening though, so I can stock up on plenty of things to bring with me for the rest of the week!
Post # 6
@bkrocks13: OOooooh, hard boiled eggs- I didn’t think of that! Thanks
Post # 7
I get a big clamshell of arugula each week and bring it to work. It’s especially good with sliced strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette or cubed watermelon (yes, watermelon) and ranch dressing. One clamshell will make about 5 side salads. For my snacks, when I can remember, I like yogurt, chewy granola bars, or fruit.
Post # 8
@bkrocks13: This is exactly what I should do, but instead I go out and buy a salad for like $7-8 every day. Beacause I’m a total sucker.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
My go-to staples are:
– salads of baby spinach, chopped up mini bell peppers, craisins, a little parm, low cal dressing, grilled chicken or steak or salmon (buy the meat when it’s on sale, freeze it in quart ziplocks immersed in marinade, defrost and broil whenever you need more)
– make a crockpot of healthy veggie-rich stew or soup or chili, freeze in glass tupperwares, defrost as needed
– snacks: low-fat string cheese, apples, low-fat pudding cups, sunflower seeds
Post # 10
Thanks ladies! I love string cheese, and bringing salad ingredients to leave at work is a great idea!
Post # 11
@cbgg: Yeah I just can’t bring myself to do that. It is a pain in the neck every monday though when I have a huge totebag full of:
- olive oil
- a dozen eggs
- shredded cheese
- string cheese
- 4x bottles of seltzer
I look like I’m moving in when I’m riding on the subway ha
Post # 12
I’m not really a fan of cold sandwiches or reheated leftovers, and salads are never filling enough, so I mostly just bring snacks and graze throughout the day. Hummus and pita chips or cut up veggies, yogurt with granola, apples, bananas, cheese sticks, whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and honey, hard boiled egg, granola bars, etc. None of that is particularly exciting, but it’s easy stuff that doesn’t require much prep, which is a must for me.
I’m also pumping at work, and hungry all the time, so multiple snacks just work better than having one meal.
Post # 13
@sailor: Yeah, I snack every single time I go pump! I wouldn’t have thought to mix peanut butter with honey- that sounds amaaaaazing. Since DD was born I have become a human garbage disposal :/ I seriously can’t eat enough to feel full!
Post # 14
Oh lord, I have TWO file drawers in my office completely filled with snacks … I’ve got several different types of granola bars, Kashi fiber bars, pop tarts, oatmeal, craisins, almonds, fruit cups (pineapple and mixed fruit), jello, pudding cups, and a Costco box of individual packs of Goldfish. I’ve also got a box of crackers to go with the hummus and cheese I keep in the fridge. And I bring two boiled eggs to work with me every morning (I only like them when they’re hot, not cold!). I know it’s a completely ridiculous amount of snacks, but I like having sooooo many options so I can always find something that sounds good — sweet, savory, fruity, grainy, nuts, you name it! I’m thinking of buying a Costco box of fruit snacks to add to the pile as well.
Variety is the spice of life! So if you’ve got the space, it’s great to just haul in a whole pantry-load of stuff to keep at the office. Then you never have to stare down the apple you brought and think “I really don’t want this damn thing. I’m going to buy chips at the vending machine instead.” 🙂
Post # 15
This past weekend we smoked two chickens sooo plenty of leftovers! Yesterday and today I had said chicken on a whole wheat tortilla with spinach and agave mustard. Yum. Best part is it’s good cold or warm.
One night a week we have a big salad for dinner, so I usually chop enough to have some for my lunch the next day.
I’m all about prepping/cooking once and eating twice (or more)! Saves me a headache when I have to be at work at 6am! I know some people don’t do leftovers but that’s more often than not what I bring into work with me.
Sandwiches, I’ll bring the parts separate and build when I’m ready to eat so no soggy bread!
Sometimes I’ll just bring a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Can’t go wrong there! Every couple weeks I’ll have a day where I go out for lunch and I’ll hit the vegan diner near me instead of fast food!
As far as snacks, I’ll usually do yogurt or string cheese. If I buy crackers or nuts.. something like that I’ll usually package it up beforehand in portions at home so I don’t eat the whole damn box/bag at once while I’m bored at my desk.
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center
At work I usually buy those bento boxes and fill them with different things or I eat salads or wraps. The bento box I will fill with hummus, veggies, fruits, nuts (I know you don’t like those though!), a little bit of my favorite crackers or chips, and some slices of cheese and some cut up meat. It’s enough to let me graze on it and I usually feel plenty full. I also love drinking smoothies for breakfasts, snacks, and with lunch! Also one of my favorite snacks: string cheese with tomato and basil triscuits. So yummy!!
@MercyK: Smoked chicken sounds delicious!!! We live in a tiny apartment so we don’t have the luxury of doing something like that, but I love buying rotisserie chickens or roasting one in the crock pot! So yummy!!!