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02-01-2010, 12:39 PM
I know what to eat for breakfast and dinner. I always get stuck on Lunch though. I really don't like Salad. The only salad I really like is Olive Gardens. And I feel that every dressing I know of is really not good for you, even though people think they are.

Usually for lunch I have a turkey sandwich on wheat with lettuce, pickles and mustard. I will either have a fruit or veggie.
I have a small chicken breast sandwich on a wheat roll that is only 100 calories for the whole roll. with lettuce, mustard and pickles. I will have fruit or veggie.

My trainer sd to stay away from processed foods, even the Lean Cuisines and and Smart Ones cuz they are still not as nutrious as your unprocessed foods, even if they are made healthier.

Please give me some other ideas for lunch. I always feel like I am eating the same thing over and over again. I love my chicken sandwich, but I gotta change it up a bit.

02-01-2010, 12:42 PM
I do a stir fry alot. Just throw in a bit of chicken a drop of olive oil and a half bag of frozen veggies. I also do fish and veggies on the side.

02-01-2010, 12:49 PM
I have no idea how to make stir fry. Though it does sound good. Do you have a recipe? I don't do fish, tuna that's about it. And I am trying to stay away from Mayo so can't do Tuna sandwich.

02-01-2010, 03:29 PM
I really like having half a grilled cheese sandwich (whole grain bread, light cheese, grilled without butter) with a bowl of Healthy Choice or Smart Ones soup, and a piece of fruit.

Or a big fruit/yogurt smoothie and a graham cracker with peanut butter.

02-01-2010, 04:26 PM
what do you eat for dinner? Can you make more of it and have the leftovers for lunch?

02-01-2010, 05:32 PM
Peanut- that's a good idea. I should do that, just make extra and pack it in the fridge for lunch the next day!

02-01-2010, 06:35 PM
I bring dinner leftovers for lunch, too.

Today was sauteed kale, roasted butter nut squash and some left over Annie's mac & cheese from dinner.

Tomorrow will be homemade pulled pork sandwich (so I control the amount of fat & salt and can weigh the meat) with butternut squash and kale.

02-02-2010, 10:47 AM
That is what I usually have for lunch:

1 pack of instant oatmeal with reduced sugar 110 cal and 2 low fat yogurts 75 cal mixed with “Curves” strawberries bar 100: 285 cal

or 2 boiled eggs 140 cal with I can of tuna 140 cal mixed with mustard , 1 cup of tomato juice 50 cal : 330 cal

or 1 “Weight Watch” bagel 160cal with 1 tbsp low sugar jam 25 cal on top 1 tbsp low fat peanut butter 80 cal and coffee ( 2 tsp instant 10 cal) with 50 ml “Half & Half” 50cal : 325 cal

02-02-2010, 11:56 AM
Lately I've been making all 5 lunches for the weekdays on Sunday. So far it's been baked tofu, veggies, and some sort of grain... I marinate the tofu in different things each week, and choose veggies to go with that (marinate in Chinese seasonings and use frozen "stir fry mix" veggies and brown rice... or marinate in Mexican spices and salsa and use "southwest" veggies and quinoa... etc.) I'm not sure how I feel about eating this much soy, but it's so darn filling and low in calories!

Soup is good, too... you can find canned soups that are fairly natural, if you're pressed for time, or you can make your own. The nice thing about soup is that you can make a huge batch and freeze it in single portions to make it really quick later!

02-02-2010, 12:47 PM
I have been experimenting with chickpea mashups for lunch. Yesterday, I had some chickpeas I'd cooked with tomatoes and a little balsamic and herbs, and I mixed about 1/2 cup of those into 1/2 cup pasta and tomato sauce... YUMYUMYUMYUMYUM!!!! I can also eat the chickpeas alone if I want to.

02-02-2010, 12:52 PM
i am with peanut. I have been doign leftovers.

I do like this salad: mixed romaine, craisins, 1/4 avocado and light newman's balsamic dressing. I had this today with a cup of spaghetti/wheat noodles