Bringing Lunch To Work

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    Jul 11, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    i have a bit of a predicament. Short on cash, I bring my lunch with me to work but i've just been bringing standard-issue Peanut-butter, jelly and cheese sandwiches and some munchies (basically what i had in elementary school). I'm outdoors doing physical work all day so I need food but I want to start cleaning up my diet. That being said, there are limitations. Whatever I bring it has to be edible cold since we have no break room or microwave available. In a pinch i could warm something up in foil by sticking it under the hood of my car but that's about it
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    Substitute bananas for the jelly in that PB sandwich. Canned or packaged tuna.
    Raw fruit and veggies. Greek yogurt. Protein bars.
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidSubstitute bananas for the jelly in that PB sandwich. Canned or packaged tuna.
    Raw fruit and veggies. Greek yogurt. Protein bars.


    I'll try that. and the tuna, greek yogurt and protein bars should be an easy switch. I'll have to work on the raw veggies though, heheh. (does it make any difference if i was using legit fruit preserves instead of "jelly"?)
  • gwuinsf

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    Jul 11, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    Grilled chicken breasts. Throw in some baby spinach and veggies and have a mini-salad.

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    Jul 11, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    UndercoverMan saidSubstitute bananas for the jelly in that PB sandwich. Canned or packaged tuna.
    Raw fruit and veggies. Greek yogurt. Protein bars.


    I'll try that. and the tuna, greek yogurt and protein bars should be an easy switch. I'll have to work on the raw veggies though, heheh. (does it make any difference if i was using legit fruit preserves instead of "jelly"?)


    Polaner makes fruit preserves that are only sweetened with natural fruit juices. That has to be better than high fructose corn syrup found in most jellys and jams; however, it is still sugar so don't over do it.
  • jim_sf

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    Jul 11, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    When you say "cold", are we talking "refrigerator", "cooler", or "ambient temperature"?
  • mybud

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    Jul 11, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    Go to Sam's clubs or even aldi discount food store..buy almonds,dried cranberries....mix em..measure out about a half a cup..baggie it up...Got a recipe you can use to make your own protein bars and jerky...if ya want these recipes email me...Cottage cheese with some sliced apple...dried cranberries..almonds and celery...or other fruits combos...Sometimes I mix cottage cheese and some dried diet jello or diet pudding mix...buy store brand jellos they're cheaper......let it still in the refrig and get thick....Buying chicken breasts cheap....instead of buying fresh chicken go to the frozen meat section and look for frozen chicken..it's usually several dollars cheaper....Hope this helps....
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    Jul 11, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    jim_stl saidWhen you say "cold", are we talking "refrigerator", "cooler", or "ambient temperature"?


    What i mean is that i can keep it cool but i can't heat it up. I have an insulated lunchbag and we also have an old Red Bull refrigerator display unit in the garage.
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    Jul 11, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    Something delicious that will get you through your day, can keep in a fridge and make the trip to work without spoiling, loaded with flavor and made the same week, or night before is perfect way to eat healthy, cheap and still enjoy your meal. Maybe buy a lunch bag/box that is made to keep your hot and cold foods hot and cold, and separate. Quick and easy to prep doesn't always mean its filling or going to get through to your ride home. You should also consider having a bulk snack of nuts, dried fruits and other healthy non-perishables at your work desk, or locker; depending on your situation. Fresh fruit brought from home is good to give you the fresh vitamins and minerals you need. I like carry a Go To snack of Jerky or Slim Jims, tea or vitamin water, peanuts and piece of fresh fruit whenever I'm on foot for a long time, or on days I walk to and from the gym and don't work. That combination keeps me cognitive, alert, though not the best snack for me, its ready to go.
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    Jul 11, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    jim_stl saidWhen you say "cold", are we talking "refrigerator", "cooler", or "ambient temperature"?


    What i mean is that i can keep it cool but i can't heat it up. I have an insulated lunchbag and we also have an old Red Bull refrigerator display unit in the garage.


    Got it. Yogurt et al. should be fine in the insulated lunchbag or refrigerator, but I wouldn't want to suggest something like that if we're talking room temperature.
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    Jul 11, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    Hard boiled eggs in unbroken shells stay uncontaminated unrefrigerated. I eat 3 or 4 at a sitting.

    Raw brocolli works well. Pesto and hummus make great dipping sauce that keeps for the day unrefrigerated.

    Fruit and nut trail mix work for the extra energy in the afternoon.

    All of this is cheap eats especially if you buy in bulk at Costco.
  • LJay

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    Jul 11, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    Costco sells tabouleh in a large tub. Use romaine lettuce, sliced carrots, sliced cukes, etc. with it and make a sandwich on whole wheat pita. It's filling and hearty and a good break from meat and cheese once in a while. You could always bring along some string cheese if you like.

    Costco also has a good buy for a 2# tub of hummus.

    If you get tired of bread, you can always make up a monster salad with leftover chicken or what have you.

    Especially in this warm weather, you could use a thermos for soup. Though I have always had it in cooler weather, chili is said to be a warm weather dish.
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    Jul 11, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidFor protein I think the best sources are canned tuna (don't forget to bring a can opener) an hard boiled eggs. To help save you some time peel the hard boiled eggs the night before and rinse them well. This helps to save time during your lunch and you can relax more while you eat. Otherwise imagine having to peel eggs and then finding a faucet to rinse them with.

    If you're bringing an insulated bag I think you can bring anything really. Use glass containers to store foods. They also help to retain freshness of foods longer than plastic. Plus I don't like to have my food in contact with plastic if possible. Glass breaks and is more fragile but I think it's safer and doesn't leech chemicals into your foods. You can steam veggies and store them this way too if you don't want to eat them raw.


    I don't need a faucet to wash the eggs. Here's what I do.
    1. Make sure you do not make HB eggs with very fresh eggs. Using week old eggs allows the shell to slip right off.
    2. Wrap each egg in a napkin. Break and roll on a hard surface. The shell comes right off in one or two big pieces.
    3. Wash you hands before you crack your eggs open.
    4. Enjoy!
  • trl_

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    Jul 11, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    you can cook the chicken over the weekend and its fine cold anyday...at least i think so
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jul 11, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    Ditto on making trail mix.
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    Jul 11, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidDitto on making trail mix.


    +1 I love that stuff.

    Also agree on the banana peanut butter sandwiches. It makes the peanut butter go down easier cause it gets old after awhile. I also love eating craisins.
  • LJay

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    Jul 12, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    PS--Beingg short on cash may be an advantage in this situation. Using a little imagination may help you to eat better.

    Check out food sites like the kitchn and chow for ideas.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jul 12, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    msuNtx said
    TroyAthlete saidDitto on making trail mix.


    +1 I love that stuff.

    Also agree on the banana peanut butter sandwiches. It makes the peanut butter go down easier cause it gets old after awhile. I also love eating craisins.


    Oh many, if you like craisins you gotta try Trader Joes's Golden Berry mix. Heaven in a bag. I make a trail mix using that, raw almonds, ginger granola, and freeze dried bananas. Soooo good.
  • BuggEyedSprit...

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    Jul 12, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    Healthy Choice chunky peanut butter and Low Suger apricot preserves on good bread for breakfast and lunch; bag of frozen veggies with can of tuna for dinner. I will do the banana substitution though...