(Closed) What do you take to work for lunch that’s healthy?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I like to eat the Campbells microwaveable soups to go. They are convenient and some are quite healthy. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I make a pot of vegetable soup on Sundays.  It’s really filling and full of healthy veggies.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

When I cook supper at night, I make sure to make extras for left overs.  That’s the only way I can do it! I work at a business inside a wal mart so if I don’t have something healthy, its really hard to get something that is.  I also eat a lot of subway when I don’t have left overs to eat!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Bichon Frise: Watch out for the sodium in those things! I thought I was eating healthy, but I found myself always starving and SO thirsty all day and I realized there was like 40% of the daily value of sodium in one tiny cup! Maybe they make low sodium varieties now.

Sometimes I’ll just bring a loaf of multigrain bread, peanut butter, and fruit preserves into work. PB&J toasted on the spot really isn’t that bad! Or I’ll cook up a bunch of cous cous or quinoa on Sunday and toss it with veggies and portion it out for the week. Plain greek yogurt with fresh fruit mixed in is always a good side too.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I make the time in the morning to create the most delicious thing ever: a sandwich on whole wheat or spelt (THE most healthy of them all) bread, with salad cream (or mayo), lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and avacado. I also usually make a salad with lots of mixed greens (spinach especially, even though it’s my least favourite.. it is definitely healthy), carrots, bell peppers, avacado, etc., and homemade dressing.

My coworker makes soup a lot of times in the winter, the night before. I’m not sure of her recipes, but she does a lot of tomato, carrot, or parsnip soups. I think most of them are just the main veggie, then sauteed onions and garlic, oil, and maybe something more, which she blends all together with a handblender, and then eats with bread. They are amazing.

Also grabbing a V8 or V8 Fusion is good.

Edit: I say that, but I’m not sure if V8 Fusion is actually as good as I think it is? It seems to have a TON of sugar in it.. but it is a full serving of both fruits and veggies. Maybe go with a banana or orange instead?

Edit 2: You could also make a giant pot of minestrone on your free day, and eat it throughout the week. Minestrone has tons of healthy stuff in it and it’s so delicious. This thread is making me feel famished..

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

I like to buy the pre-wrapped potatoes in the store, heat in the microwave for 7 minutes, and then add a bit of butter.  I also really like to make chicken breasts with Italian seasoning and jalepeno sauce in the crockpot.  You can eat it by itself or on wheat bread. 

Keep the ideas coming girls…

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Is it boring to say I take apples and oranges with me alongside my usual packed lunch? I also cut back on the coffee in the office and stick with water more

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Sunday stews portioned out for the week. They’re filling, healthy, delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll throw a yogurt in there or a piece of fruit.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I typically bring a Chobani yogurt with granola on the side to put in it.  I’ve found the greek yogurt to be way more filling, especially with granola.  I’ll bring some fruit, a string cheese or a 100 cal snack pack on the side =)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Always the leftovers from the night before. All recipes, I cook for 4 portions or more, so that I’m sure there will be a healthy lunch the day after.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I usually take leftovers, but if there are none, then I’ll take salads or tuna sandwiches. Clover Leaf has different flavours of tuna that are so delicious! And I find I don’t need mayo with the flavoured tuna. I have it on whole wheat or multi grain bread with tomato and cucumber slices…so good and healthy!

Post # 14
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Honey bee

I changes a lot.

Leftovers, all sorts of different salads. like a vietnemese shaved cabbage salad, or a japanese seafood, or a buffalo chicken or mexican inspired etc.

I will also make a casserole specifically for lunch on Sunday to take all week. Like a lasagna replacing the noodles with thin slices of eggplant and/or zucchini and then adding lots of veggies (like mushrooms and spinach and fresch oregano and basil to the low fat ricotta. A layer of chicken sausage. And top with a little bit of 2% shredded cheese. Its really veggie heavy and so tasty! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I take Lean Cuisine or Smart Choice meals.  Also, soups are good and sometimes leftovers, if it was a healthy dinner.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Usually leftovers from the night before, or a big pot of soup made on Sunday and portioned out for the week when I get sick of salads or the weather turns cold and I want a hot lunch.  If I’m desperate/unprepared I’ll take a can of tuna with salsa and crackers, or a potato and frozen broccoli to microwave with fat free ranch dressing instead of sour cream and butter.  Stay away from prepared meals.  They are LOADED with salt.  Once I stopped eating those I was able to get my blood pressure under control.  

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