(Closed) What are some easy and healthy lunches you bring to work?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I buy a bag of salad (can get 4+ salads from it) and add some chickpeas (canned), cherry tomatos, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and dried roasted red pepper dressing.  Obivously you can add whatever you want, but that’s usually pretty cheap!

Do you have a microwave at work?  Sometimes I’ll make a casserole and that’s usually good for 4+ servings, just divide them up into tupperwares and heat them up at work.

ETA – I also love to make sandwiches – some deli meat, some cheese, mayo/mustard, lettuce…yummy

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Easiest thing I do is a salad.  I buy a bag of greens that usually lasts for a couple or three days.  I use whatever protein I cooked the night before, cheese, keep a dressing at work in our fridge, whatever vegetables I have at home to put on top, sometimes fruit too.  

It’s a pretty filling, cheap lunch.  Other days I just take leftovers from the previous nights dinner. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i bring a package of whole wheat wraps in one of my desk drawers and then bring the insides with me everyday – usually a tuna packet (so good, and only 100 calories), hummus, and feta cheese. i also have some sort of fruit and/or greek yogurt daily.

i used to go out everyday for lunch too. it feels so much better health-wise and wallet-wise to bring lunches everyday!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I do the good ol PB&J and fruit… yes I feel like I am in third grade again but it is cheap, keeps me full and I have actually lost weight since starting this desk job than when I had a more active job and ate whatever I wanted to!

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here are some of the healthy things I like to bring:

– Greek yogurt with berries

– Salads with lots of veggies

– Cottage cheese and tomatoes, or even smoked salmon mixed in (if you like that!)

– Veggie burgers

– Brown rice and lentils/any other protein

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Fiance and I take leftovers almost every day for lunch!  Depending on what supper is, I might bring a small portion and a side salad.

I keep homemade chili and a couple of soups frozen in small containers to grab when we have no leftovers.

Sometimes I will make a big batch of oen of these things on Sunday night to take all week:
-Quinoa salad (quinoa, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, red onion and green beans)
-Pasta bake (whole wheat pasta w/ onion, kale, mushrooms, white beans, diced tomatoes and some fresh parm)
-Rice and beans (whole grain rice, black beans, corn, peppers and onions, taco seasoning and salsa)

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Ryansgirl:I do a sandwich with just deli meat, lettuce, and mustard.  I leave the cheese and mayo off to make it healthier, but it is just as tasty.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Leftovers, homemade salads, soup, lean cuisines, I like to mix it up a bit 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Mrs_Amanda: I had a phase last year in which I had PB&J everyday for lunch for a week or two. I loved it! It did remind me of my childhood, but in a good way. I realized I still love PB&J sandwiches just as much! 🙂

I usually bring tunafish or deli meat/cheese sandwhiches and have pretzels or Quaker flavored mini rice cakes (Ranch and BBQ-yum!!) and fruit.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@coffeegal85: Cheese is the best part!!!! I use light mayo, but I definitely need mayo. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am a pretty big health nut and I try to stay away from microwaved frozen food (esp any with plastic containers) but Lean Cuisiene spinach mushroom and chicken panini is amazing! Its surprisingly not that high in sodium and its very filling and delicious, I eat it every day at work and I still look forward to lunch. It has a cardboard grill tray so no plastic, and its full of protein. Its pretty low in calories so I always pack some fruit or something to supplement it, but it costs like $3 and its so fast and easy and tasty.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

if you like to add grilled chicken to your salads I have seen in on sale recently, I always keep some on hand and often have that for dinner or lunch

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

When my parents were growing up here and didn’t have Vietnamese deli meat they’d cut up hotdogs into discs and in a saucepan heat it up with ketchup until it lightly carmelizes. We’d top it off on rice. We also ate spam with rice…LOL But it makes a really good and incredibly cheap meal.

I fed my Fiance leftover Japanese-style curry yesterday. Mmm! Potatoes, carrots, and onions. I say Justice of the Peace because Thai curry vs. Vietnamese curry vs. Indian curry vs. etc…Justice of the Peace curry is like gravy and not spicy at all. But it stays really well. You can make a pot of curry and it’d last a week!

But I usually buy meat on sale, especially chicken breasts. I cook all the breasts and season it with garlic salt. Then I either shred them for salads, make enchiladas, or chop it up for curries, soups, and etc. I just read that meat, when frozen, can last 4-12 months!

And for some reason I find that ethnically geared markets are cheaper…like the pork and chicken in the El Super and Superior stores (Latino) are awesomely priced and the herbs, vegetables, and fruit at the Vietnamese markets are on average $.70 a pound.

But again these markets are geared towards certain cuisines. Potatoes and carrots I tend to buy at American grocers. By The Way, I find that baby carrots make an excellent, excellent snack! And cherries. I love cherries.

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