(Closed) Office bees – what healthy lunches do you pack?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I have every day: some kind of fruit, greek yogurt and a salad, with cucumber, sunflower seeds and low fat feta cheese in it.  Sometimes a low sugar, grain granola bar for a snack in the afternoon.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@BoxerLady:  This office is better than my old one, but I still go for the biscuits the minute any appear.

I’ve been making my own lunches – marmite sandwiches on wholegrain bread, and I’ve just started bringing in some sliced carrot and cucumber to munch on. Over the winter I had some low-calorie cup-a-soups as a mid-morning snack (I don’t drink tea or coffee, so it was nicely warming!), alternating between that and dried fruits.

 

I’ve also been getting Graze boxes (https://www.graze.com/) which are great – they’re really healthy and a nice little treat. I’ve got a load of codes if anyone wants a free one I can PM it to you!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2019

I work in the middle of the countryside in a small office so luckily don’t have to put up with lots of tasty treats tempting me. I normally make a batch of soup for the week or salad. I also bring things like, fruit, oatcakes to snack of, nuts, yog covered fruit flakes etc.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

When I use to work in an office I refused to eat ANYTHING that I did not bring from home. The amount of crap food in offices is insane!! For me, once I put all of it off limits and denied myself that option entirely then I wasn’t tempted. I know for some this is insane, but the second I eat one donut munchkin- my blood sugar sky rockets and then plummets and I want more and will just eat and eat and eat.

During the winter I’d make big pots of soup on Sunday and then throw a portion in a tupperware each day. When it’s warmer I make salads for lunch daily and switch them up every week to not get bored. For snacks: Luna or Lara bars, a piece of fruit, a small handful of mixed nuts or trail mix, chobani yogurt, mixed raw veggies with hummus, a portion of dry cereal, a string cheese. And I always have a big jug of water.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Wow!! Where do you work with all this free food?? Lol. A little caving here and there is OK in my book.

My lunches vary and a lot of times I bring leftovers from the night before (I cook very healthy dinners like low cal/fat vegetable enchilada casserole, ground turkey stuffed peppers, spinach stuffed chicken roullade, and cilantro lime grilled shrimp over jasmine rice to name some). Other than that I’ll make low fat tuna or chicken salad ( a tiny bit of low fat mayo, 0% fage Greek yogurt, crazins, almonds, light tuna or chunks of roasted chicken). I scoop upbthe salad with celery and carrits rather than eat it on bread. I also try to eat some type of fruit (apple, banana, strawberries etc). Some other ideas would be lettuce wraps, soup, or quiche.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Do you work with me? LOL You just described where I work!

I have been good lately though, I haven’t touched anything in months! Even the candy jar staring me down every day when I walk past a certain office! Haha!

I usually just bring leftovers from the night before or I’ll have the odd emergency frozen meal for those days I didn’t feel like it. Some weeks when I’m super motivated I’ll make a huge salad and portion it out for a few days for work. Dressing on the side, so it doesn’t get soggy!

If you like avacado,, make a sandwich out of them.. I usually will use rye or a pita with sprouts or spinach, whichever. That’s tasty and easy! I made this black bean, corn and avacado “salad” that I’ll use for a taco topping or just a side. Yesterday I had it over rice since I had some leftover, but if I have tortillas I’ll put it in one of those with spinach for a wrap. (Can you tell I like avocados!?)

 

Post # 9
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747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I make a sandwich everyday with lunch meat and lots of veggies and lowfat chocolate milk.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

For breakfast, I either have the 100 calorie pastry crisps (I think they’re Kellogg’s brand), or light yogurt.

For lunch, I either eat a salad from our cafeteria (work at a hospital) or bring a sandwich, sun chips, and some sort of fruit/vegetable.

Post # 11
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680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

PS. That graze.com thing sounds pretty neat, will have to check that out!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Here are some of the meals I’ll bring with me to work:

  • Deli meat or PB&J sandwiches.
  • Brown rice with veggies.  Very filling, and I can make a large pot of rice at the beginning of the week to make prep easy.
  • Chicken soup.  On Sundays, I’ll make a big pot of soup with veggies, noodles, chicken…pretty much anything we have around the house.  So much better than the canned stuff.
  • My Fiance makes giant pots of chili for his lunches.  He’ll usually eat it with some elbow macaroni or a piece of bread.

I always bring a piece of fruit as a side, and some yogurt or nuts to snack on.  Also if I’m tempted by the bad food, I have a cup of coffee or green tea to keep me occupied.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ugh same here. Already everyday someone brings in cookies, bagels, or donuts. It’s very nice of them but I try not to eat any of that stuff so I have to make sure I have plenty of other options. I switch between different sandwiches, salads, and pitas. I also add multiple fruit and veggie items so that I have a choice while I’m at work.

My favorite pita simply has lettuce and southwest chicken. And my favorite salad has chicken, cranberries, almonds, and feta cheese. My go to sandwich is just peanut butter and jelly. I make about five at a time and stick them in the freezer and just grab one when I don’t have time to make a pita or salad. Also, if I’m making something for dinner that I know will reheat nicely, I tend to make extras to bring into work.

 

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Most of my lunches are leftovers from dinner the night before, so they’re healthy and filling (today it’s twice-baked cauliflower & spicy chicken!). If I don’t have leftovers, I’ll bring a can of soup (love Progresso Vegetable Classics – low calorie/fat even if I eat the whole can) or Morningstar Farms products.

The big thing for me is snacks, so I bring a sandwich bag with mini rice cakes for a morning snack and yogurt or fruit for an afternoon snack.

I also use other tricks to avoid junk food in our kitchen – I keep a fully bottle of water at my desk constantly and drink it throughout the day (I usually go through 32-48 fl. oz in a workday) & if I have a sweet craving, I’ll add sugar-free Crystal Light. I also chew gum between meals – it keeps me from reaching for munchies.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Here’s my food at work pretty much every day (on the weekends I eat more normally.)

Breakfast around 9: 4 egg whites and a sprinkle of shredded cheese with hotsauce

Snack at 11: 4 strawberries, a slice of pineapple and 1/2cup fat free cottage cheese

Lunch around 2: Spinach, tomatoes, roasted chicken (i roast one a week on sundays and shred it to bring to work,) chickpeas and fatfree dressing

Snack around 4 before leaving: cottage cheese

 

For dinner I usually have shiratake noodles with tomato sauce and veggies, or if I spin that day I’ll have a sandwich or some red meat. Its actually really filling, I dont usually go to bed hungry!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Most days I have black beans, salsa, and cheese with tortilla chips and frozen veggies. When I don’t have a fridge I make a quinoa, veggie, almond, and craisin pilaf. Pretty much whatever leftovers I can find, preferably something vegetarian, high fiber, and full of veggies to counteract the sugar that appears in the office.

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