(Closed) Healthy work meal suggestions

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You can probably cook regular meals and bring in leftovers. It wouldn’t have to stay in the fridge all day and then you can just warm it up?

 

Or even maybe soup?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

No fridge? That’s going to be tough!Most things will have to be refrigerated until suppertime, that’s way too long to have anything “out” unless it’s a peanut butter/jam sandwhich!

Have you thought of getting a small cooler that you can pack icepacks in? Then you can bring meals in to microwave. That would mean you would have to make room in your freezer at home to freeze the icepacks…

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

A nice lunch cooler (the plastic insulated kind with the zipper) and a few ice packs will help keep your food cold with out needing a fridge. That way you can bring left-overs, sandwiches, fruit, etc, without worrying about it spoiling.

If you don’t want to do that, Healthy Choice makes those “Steamers” which don’t need to be kept cold. They’re the pasta ones that have that little strainer basket. They’re usually in the soup aisle. I’m also a big fan of those Simply Asian Udon noodles. Just add hot water. They’re really filling and taste great.

For snacks, low fat pudding, apples, citrus fruits, bananas, can all be left out. Also, wheat thins, or any snack cracker. Pretzels, baked lays, granola bars….

Ok, can you tell I pack the lunches in our house?

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

A couple o girls and myself at work have been bringing in the bagged salad that comes with dressing and toppings. I would drfinitely sprig for a small cooler and ice packs. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I started packing salads for lunches.  Really hearty salads with lots of veggies and lean meat (turkey, chicken, tuna, or shrimp).  I used lowfat dressing and skipped cheese.  It was very filling (and it takes a lot to fill me up), and I lost weight (I couldn’t lose weight with a crazy exercise schedule, but could with salads, go figure).  I changed up the veggies. meats, and dressings to keep things interesting.  Today is a spinach salad with chicken breast, artichoke hearts, mushroom, brocolli, beets, and cherry tomatos with a balsamic vinegrette.  Yum!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Regarding refrigeration, it’s really not as necessary as Americans tend to think it is.  If you leave it out till dinner time, its very unlikely to go bad.  Go outside the US and there is not all the focus on refrigeration as there is here.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I freeze my meals and then let them defrost through the day. That way they say cold and I can eat healthy food. I have found this works well with all leftovers, but especially soups. I take a pound of chicken breast, a cup of quinoa, a bag of veggies, and low-sodium chicken broth (this is great if you add garlic and other spices too). I boil everything for 20 minutes, let cool, divide up into 5 container and have lunch for the week.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Pollywog:  WOW that sounds great!!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Lately my lunch has been Progresso Light Soup (I’m a fan of Chicken Dumpling and Beef Pot Roast) and a huge garden salad. It’s just baby greens, grape tomatoes, red and green bell peppers and cucumber. I love it. It’s like I get two lunches. I can’t ever eat both at once – too much! I use a fat free balsamic vinagrette that I love on the salad.

Post # 15
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Newbee

I started marinating & grilling a bunch of chicken breasts, then freezing all of them individually.  You can pack one, and like emp04 said, then they’ll defrost throughout the day.  I also pack sweet potatoes that can be microwaved.  Those two things together are super filling and healthy.  Good luck!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Get yourself a cooler bag to keep meals cold!

Prepare all your meals in advance and then pack them in to your cool pack in the morning.

Use the microwave to heat them up! 🙂

At work I only need three meals (because I am at home for breakfast and by dinnertime), so I pack usually a bunch of turkey meatloaf muffins which I eat with some spinach and for lunch I either have turkey chili or chicken breast with veggies.

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