Sometimes I do these decorating jobs that go over the lunch hour. I can eat while I work, but it has to be finger food, and it can't be messy. I usually have almonds as a protein, and I have been doing popcorn as a veggie, but I know that's a stretch, and I just googled it, and, in fact, it is a grain. Any other veggie ideas? I've done baby carrots, but they're a little unsatisfying without any dip or dressing. I have thought about kale chips--but $4.99 a serving is a little pricey. Thanks!
My first thought was baby carrots.... Honestly, i think any veggie leaves much to be desired without dressing to dip, but I try to avoid the dips. Sliced green peppers, cucumbers, or raw broccoli or cauliflower are good. Maybe a little salt if you can stop and sprinkle. If you're worried about food poisoning and letting them get warm, pack a little lunch bag with an ice pack in it, something small that might even fit in your purse.
Edemame, even if you warm it and it cools would be good. Pop them out of their shells and just carry a baggy full of beans.
You can always buy the green smoothie mixes, but those are probably a little bit on the spendy side. You might just have to get used to eating your veggies "dry".
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Would it be possible to re-think your day? Call whatever you eat at noontime a "snack," say nuts and fruit, and then fix a giant salad when you get home, calling it lunch. I have weird days sometimes and that's how I handle it.