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07-06-2011, 10:39 AM
I've been trying hard to eat well. For the last few months I've been eating a big salad for lunch with some shredded lunch meat or tuna or whatever and croutons. It may not be that fat free but I love it.

Anyway I believe it's interfering with my medication so I may have to switch it up a bit.

What do you eat for lunch?

07-06-2011, 10:54 AM
Standard things mostly.

Big salads of varying types.
Sandwiches with deli meat and mustard with a side of carrots or a piece of fruit.
Soups or stews.
Leftovers from dinners past.

Simple things that will keep, or can be easily reheated. I like lunch to be as "effortless" as possible.

07-06-2011, 11:02 AM
I eat a salad with low fat dressing almost everyday at work. Sometimes I eat a low cal frozen meal instead. I am a very boring and routine eater.

07-06-2011, 11:08 AM
I'm routine too, I eat salad with a handful of pasta and vary between egg and ham. With low fat dressing.

I occasionally have a bowl of couscous, or something along those lines.

I don't have a microwave where I work, but in my last job I used to vary between leftovers, jacket potato with beans/tuna, salads.

Donna Donut
07-06-2011, 11:21 AM
I like variety. My favorites are:
turkey sub on wheat (and throw out half the bread) with lettuce and mustard
tuna fish sandwich on whole grain (1 pc) with small side salad or carrots
large salad with berries and walnuts with raspberry vinegarette dressing
leftovers from dinner

07-06-2011, 11:38 AM
I eat a salad (2 cup bowl) every day that contains:
Black Beans (4 Tblsp, heaping)

Low fat dressing

1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 cup Homemade Barely/Mushroom Stew (I'm vegetarian so no meat or meat broth)

LOVE my lunch, I eat this EVERY day!

Beach Patrol
07-06-2011, 12:07 PM
I am completely in love with Green Giant Healthy Vision frozen veggies. :love: Soooo yummy! (one package has 2 servings at 45 cal each) And I usually cut up a fresh tomato & cucumber to eat along side of it, and a piece of low-cal cheese, and occasionally when I feel the need for some protein, I have a piece of turkey or chicken.... A piece of fruit (lately I'm stuck on nectarines!) rounds it all out.

Then, if I want, I may have a 100-cal pack of Fudge stripe cookies! :cookie:

All this is worth less than 350 calories. :D :D :D :cb:

07-06-2011, 12:23 PM
Since I have been home, my lunches have suffered. Where I work I take my lunch break at a coffee shop about six or seven blocks away, and in 105 degree heat the walk drains me of any and all desire to eat. As such stomaching anything more than iced coffee has become something of an art.

However, on days off I try to eat smaller versions of things I do/would eat for dinner: turkey or veggie burgers, big giant salads, black beans with any number of things to go with them, soups if for some reason I'm feeling chilly, frozen meals if we have any (although I am often wary of their sodium content), and when I go out to eat I usually try and stick to a salad with the dressing on the side and grilled chicken. Oh and lots and lots of fruit!!!

07-06-2011, 12:30 PM
chicken salad.
and more chicken salad.
i find its the only thing i can eat so i dont binge later.

theres a cute salad bar near my work so i usually take a walk tehre and they give us a paper menu and we check off what we want on it. :) fruits, salad and chicken in one meal, im a happy camper!

07-06-2011, 12:43 PM
I try to eat a really big salad with tomatoes, cucumber and carrots. Quite often I will thrown on some black beans, chick peas, or cubed chicken that I poach. I try to avoid deli meats as I'm on such a sodium restricted diet. And often I will have a small slice of low fat cheese.

07-06-2011, 01:34 PM
I eat a lot of small things. I'm not big on sandwiches and get burnt out on salalds easily. I'm also not big on eating a big meal mid-day and prefer to snack all day. It's not unusual for me to eat something like (acutally my plan for today):

Sliced orange bell peppers
Some strawberries
Few rice cake chips

-Also hummus and whole wheat pita or left over dinner from the night before or if I'm feeling it, some frozen, prepackaged dinner like a smart one although I'm not a huge fan of pre-packaged stuff. My lunches tend to be small because I do eat a snack between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner.

07-06-2011, 01:40 PM
My favorite thing is a yummy salad. But-I HATE fat free dressing. So, I make my own with fat free sour cream and a ranch seasoning packet. It tastes so much better, and is low in calories (only 25 cals in 2 tbls)!
So, I put lettuce, mushrooms, cucumbers, celery, a tiny tiny bit of fat free cheese, chicken strips, and 10 gold fish crackers for an added crunch. I think I added all the calories up to about 180-and most of the cals are from the chicken.

It's my favorite healthy lunch!

07-06-2011, 01:45 PM
Lean Cuisines. They're easy for me at work!

07-06-2011, 01:53 PM
veggie/beef soup or chicken/wild rice soup...occasionally i will have a low-cal frozen meal, but they usually taste so artificial!

07-06-2011, 02:06 PM
I would say about half of the time I eat a ceasar salad with grilled chicken -- I make it myself and leave out the bacon :dizzy:. Otherwise it's normally leftovers or a sandwich on low cal bread with some veggie sticks or a piece of fruit. If we are going out for lunch I try to find some version of salad with chicken to eat.

07-06-2011, 02:20 PM
Typically one of these:

1. Vegetable and lentil soup, or similar. I make up a big pot and freeze portions. One piece of wholemeal bread with almond butter or houmous, and sometimes a small salad such as a tomato, quarter of a cucumber, splash of olive oil, lemon juice and salt.

2. Miso soup. I make this with fresh miso paste, ginger purée, diced tofu, some vegetables such as carrot, snow peas and mushroom, bit of wakame seaweed, sprinkle of sesame seeds (pref. unhulled, much tastier) and 1/4 cup red Thai rice (though any rice will do, I just happen to like this one).

3. Big bowl of salad, e.g. a small tin of chick peas, a carrot, a tomato, a couple of mushrooms, a few olives and/or sundried tomatoes, olive oil and lemon juice dressing. I go through phases of having spinach salads.

Generally around 300 calories, I think. I'm vegan, lunch at home and on a 1100 diet.

07-07-2011, 12:20 AM
Early in the morning I either have a protein bar or shake while I drive to work. I only work until noon. So my lunch is always real breakfast food when I get home. I usually have eggs, oatmeal, smoothie or fruit and peanut butter on 1/2 an english muffin.

07-07-2011, 01:02 AM
I always have a protein--whether it be a pkg of plain, hickory flavored tuna, 2 hard boiled eggs, or soy with a veggie--steamed broccoli, baby carrots, etc. and a fruit--1/2 grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon...with lots of water.

07-07-2011, 08:57 AM
It's so funny how most of us eat a salad for lunch... and a big one at that.

07-07-2011, 09:38 AM
I have something I call a tuna or chicken celery salad. I chop up about 3oz of celery, top it with either a can of tuna or half a can of chicken. A Tbsp of olive oil and vinegar dressing. Then I sprinkle it with rosemary and parsley. Mix it up and it's pretty tasty. I just got tired of regular salads.

I also have a strawberry protein smoothie with frozen strawberries and protein powder.

Then I either have a cheese stick or half a cup of cottage cheese.

And a serving of almonds.