- 6 years ago
keeping it healthy but yummy?
keeping it healthy but yummy?
Well, I would not say I was a fitness guru, but I can still share what is normally in my lunchbag. It is usually one of four things.
Lunchtime for me used to be super easy and fun- I’d go to the store before work Monday morning and stock up on 4 weight watchers meals for M-Th, and then Friday go eat out somewhere (usually McDonalds, Wendys, Subway, or Jimmy Johns). Then I actually looked at the nutrition label and realized what I was doing to myself. Very high carb to protein ratio, a lot of preservatives and very high sodium count. Plus, they aren’t even that low calorie when you consider how small the portions are. I mean, I could go to Olive Garden, order the most un diet friendly pasta, take one cup of it, and market it as low calorie because I took such a small portion. It was easy always eating the frozen meals, and I actually liked them, but I never felt full off of them and they were doing my gut no favors.
So now my lunch is boring, but healthier. Usually every Sunday I boil 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts and take one to lunch every day. I got really sick of that, so I started adding buffalo sauce and now they are much better (read the label, watch the calories, the sugar, and the sodium content). I also buy a big bag of frozen shrimp, let it thaw, and add shrimp to a salad about once a week. Or I’ll cook several turkey patties at once and bring them into lunch (no bun, just the meat). If I didn’t get around to cooking, I’ll bring in canned chicken and have that. (Low calories, but LOTS of sodium- still better than the WW meals though). Along with the meat, I’ll also have raw or steamed vegetables (generally broccoli and carrots), raw green beans, and a serving of fruit (usually blackberries and strawberries). It helps if you have a fridge at work where you can store food. If not, you’ll have to buy an insulated bag and bring everything from home. But still do-able.
It’s hard, especially when a few people in my office eat out EVERY DAY. Hard to get excited about chicken and green beans when your coworkers walk by with a giant McDonalds bag and soda. But I get by.
I eat leftovers, every day (except for today because Fiance and I pigged out last night and there is nothing in either house left). Most days its a black bean and cheese blend with quinoa chips, quinoa with veggies and chicken, or veggie stew. I work out after work, so I need the carbs and prefer veggie based options.
I don’t really have one specific thing, I get bored easily so I like variety. I like to cook lunches once or twice a month and freeze them for meals all month. Today I have spring rolls.
For me it’s usually a salad + whatever protein we had for dinner the night before.
Today it’s 2 cups of Earthbound Organic Spring Mix salad + 4oz of carribbean glazed salmon, 1/4 cup of sliced strawberries, and 1/2 avocado. Then I have a 1/2 cup of raw cachews and almonds for an afternoon snack.
On Friday it was 2 cups of Earthbound Organic Spring Mix salad + chicken parm, and 2 oz of fresh mozzerella. With 1 cup of blueberries + 1 cup of sliced strawberries for an afternoon snack.
I always bring leftovers from dinner – a paleo dinner. I have lots of snacks too (deli meat, pickels, fruit, sugar snap peas, fried egg, nuts, etc).
Or a salad with tuna and veggies.
I’m not a fitness guru in the least but I take my lunch everyday 🙂
1 cup of special K with strawberries, a greek yogurt and 2 pieces of fruit. Today it was a tangerine and banana. Sometimes I’ll bring a string cheese for a snack. I’m a creature of habit.
Darling Husband always takes leftovers or a greek salad for his lunch.
yeah… I pick up food for the week, and on Sunday I make my breakfast and lunch for the week. I measure everything out and make 4 lunches in tubberware. That way everything is already set.
Then rotate through what I want for snacks and dinne throughout the week. It takes up ALOT of my Sunday but ti makes everythign really easy during the week.
Leftovers! I always cook a healthy dinner and make 4 portions so my husband and I can have dinner and lunch the next day.
my so & i make our lunches on sunday or monday(depending on how tired we are) for the entire week. we are paleo so we have gotten it down pretty well… we also belong to a local co-op which helps us incorporate lots of healthy veggies…i usually combine
chicken basil sausage(nitrate free)
some sort of greens(spinach, kale, turnip greens,etc)
and then sometimes radishes or extra stuff we get in our bins…
it is SOOO yummy! and you dont need to add any flavoring bc the sausage already has enough in it…i have this 4/5 days a week with a mid morning snack & usually some fruit later in the evening…im an avid believer in the paleo lifestyle it has really changed me for sure!
This is one that I’m wanting to try…with my job, we really can’t go out to lunch. My coworkers bring really good looking lunches. The one the other day was some fresh spinach, strawberries, and blueberries with a little bit of lemon poppyseed dressing.
When I was losing weight, I was bringing vanilla yogurt with berries, one crunched up Nature Valley granola bar, and a Fiber One bar/WW mini snack bar, for something sweet.
I do love bringing a grilled chicken breast with some buffalo sauce. I am a major chicken wing addict…this helps me get through!
Another friend would bring a small baked potato with either a little bit of the light spray butter or a small amount of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and some broccoli. That looked good, too! I don’t know how healthy, but she was always in good shape.
More than lunches, I am a huge snacker. I bring small portions of things to munch on throughout the day. For example…tomorrow, I will have a Greek yogurt/spinach smoothie for breakfast, and snack throughout the day. Usually a berry mix, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten free onion crackers (thank you, celiac!) and leftover chicken fajita mix over brown rice. I always try to pack my lunch the night before.
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