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Help! I can't think of any healthy lunches!

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Here are my requirements (the lunch is for me at work): :
-no refridgeration or freezer pack (I have to bring it in a see-through work-approved bag)
-no microwave/oven required to heat it
-healthy!
-something not all sugar (I need to keep up my energy)
-no peanut butter or peanut anything

Any help would be so appreciative! I am having a brain freeze on this one... hehe. Thanks!

Moderator: Should I have put this in the more general forum? Sorry!
post #2 of 7
Can you take a thermos? If so, then you could take soup or leftovers.

If it needs to be room temperature...
Salads. Green salads, pasta salads, rice salads, any grain based salad.
Grown up lunchables--slices of cheese, crackers, olives, nuts, maybe some fruit. Just little bits of stuff.
A bagel with cream cheese.
Pimento cheese sandwiches.
Vegetables and fruits are easy to not have refrigeration.

When I was packing my lunch regularly, I used to freeze containers of yogurt. They thaw slowly and by lunchtime, they are mostly unfrozen, but they do a good job of keeping stuff cool all morning.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Betsy,

Thank you for your ideas. I hadn't thought of thermoses or of freezing things like yogurt. Two EXCELLENT ideas! Yay!

Malila
post #4 of 7
Frozen water bottles keep things cool, and to keep my dh's sandwich fresh I make it on frozen bread.

In summer I second salads - veggie, pasta, bean, grain or fruit based. My favorite is a combo of chick peas, cousous or quinoa, and cucumbers.
Hummus with veggies and crackers.
Wrap sandwiches.
Hard boiled eggs.
Savory muffins - like corn muffins with cheddar and jalepeno, or ham and cheese. You can make a batch and keep in the freezer.
Cold sesame noodles.
post #5 of 7
would anything here be helpful to you? i wrote this up for my nutrition group as a snack list, but we eat lots of this stuff for lunch too.

i know it's not all workable for you, but though it might spark some ideas for you.

Healthy & Natural Snack Suggestions

People frequently ask me for ideas for health snacks for them and their
kids. Here's a few ideas. First, keep the following in mind:

Plan snacks just like you would meals, that way you won't be rooting in the
cupboard for things to snack on.
Keep snacks on hand in the car. That way you will be less likely to stop at
a fast food place if you get hungry.
Kids are most likely to eat something they help make. So choose snacks
Kids can help prepare.

Switch these around to match your tastes and food needs.

Hummus with carrot sticks
Hummus with pita bread
Hummus "tostados:" layer small pitas with hummus, grated carrot, sprouts,
sunflower seeds, chopped cucumber and tomatoes
Flavored cream cheese on whole wheat mini pita, top with sunflower seeds
Plain cream cheese, goat cheese or marscapone cheese on WW mini pita,
top with raisins or favorite dried fruit and chopped nuts
Spread bagels with cream cheese and top with grated carrots, cucumber,
sprouts, raisins and sunflower seeds
Spread WW tortillas with 2 tbsp. favorite nut butter, cut a banana
lengthwise and lay on one end of tortilla, roll up and cut in thick slices
Stuff celery with nut butter and dot with raisins
Stuff celery with cream cheese or goat cheese and dot with sunflower
seeds or chopped nuts
Apple slices spread with peanut butter
Apple slices topped with natural cheddar cheese
Apple slices topped with cream cheese and sprinkled with chopped walnuts
Banana slices rolled in chocolate powered sugar with natural vanilla yogurt
Any flavor natural (Stonyfield Farms, Brown Cow, etc.) yogurt topped with
homemade granola and chopped nuts
Broil slices of fresh or canned pineapple (peaches and plums work well
too) with a small amount of cinnamon and brown sugar sprinkled on top. Serve warm with natural vanilla yogurt or homemade ice cream
Brown rice cakes with nut butter and happy faces made with raisins or other
dried fruit
Brown rice cakes with a slice of natural cheese melted on top (slice of ripe
tomato underneath is good too)
Brown rice cakes topped with goat cheese, ripe organic berries, drizzled
with a small amount of honey
Cottage cheese mixed with chopped veggies or fruit
Cottage cheese with a small amount of natural yogurt
post #6 of 7
I'd do a lot of wraps in that case. There are plenty of different kinds -- roasted red pepper, spinach, whole wheat, etc. -- to get a good variety just in the bread alone.

For fillings:

--PB&J
--hummus and veggies
--cheese and veggies
--salad fillings
--frozen tuna salad
--tabouli
--bean salads
post #7 of 7
you can freeze tuna salad? for real? what does it taste like when thawed?
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