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Healthy Lunches and Snacks

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM
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I work full time (usually gone 7 AM to 7 PM). I am trying to watch my diet but eat a lot of TV dinners and 100 calorie snacks because I don't have a lot of time to cook. Ad you can probably guess, my calories add up very quickly and by dinner I am usually left with 200-300 calories. What kind of healthy lunches and snacks can I take to work with me that don't require me to be in the kitchen for a long period of time?

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frndlyfn
by Bronze Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Apples, bananas, cherry tomatoes.  They are portable fruits/veggies you can have w/o fridge being needed. At home you can make many things and than transport in an insulated container.   Cheese sticks are also good for snacks or meals.

When you eat the tv dinners and 100 calorie snacks they are extremely processed so you either load up on fat,salt, sugar and/or preservatives.

SweetLuci
by Luci on Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

 Cubes of turkey or ham and different cheeses. Fruit and cut up veggies are also good.

elephantsin1
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM


I have been trying to cut back on the snacks and taking fruit instead. Also just cut out my pop and started drinking more water.

Quoting frndlyfn:

Apples, bananas, cherry tomatoes.  They are portable fruits/veggies you can have w/o fridge being needed. At home you can make many things and than transport in an insulated container.   Cheese sticks are also good for snacks or meals.

When you eat the tv dinners and 100 calorie snacks they are extremely processed so you either load up on fat,salt, sugar and/or preservatives.



elephantsin1
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:18 PM


I never thought of meat cubes. I like that idea.

Quoting SweetLuci:

 Cubes of turkey or ham and different cheeses. Fruit and cut up veggies are also good.



frndlyfn
by Bronze Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Here are few quick, easy, healthy snack items to have on hand. You may need to store some in your office's break-room fridge,but you can stash other shelf-stable options in your purse, car, desk, or locker at work. Reach for these when a snack-attack sneaks up on you:

  • Light string cheese and a piece of fruit
  • Peanut butter paired with whole-grain crackers or an apple
  • Beef jerky and whole-grain cereal
  • Sliced turkey with reduced-fat cheese and mustard and a handful of baby carrots
  • Trail mix made w/whole-grain cereal or crackers, dried fruit, and nuts
  • Instant packs of plain oatmeal, topped with nuts and a dash of cinnamon
  • Canned soups (look for light versions and those with lower sodium)
  • Nonfat yogurt topped w/ granola or pretzels
  • Granola bars (choose those that are high in fiber and have less sugar)
  • Hummus with whole-grain crackers or pita bread, or cut-up vegetables
  • Pouches of tuna or salmon with whole-grain crackers or rice cakes
  • A couple of hard-boiled eggs and a whole-wheat toast
  • Low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese topped with sliced pineapple or cucumber

A snack in the mid- to late-afternoon can help stave off hunger and provide you with a much-needed energy boost. Healthy snacking has also been proven to prevent overeating later in the day, which tends to happen when you eat too few calories throughout the day and overcompensate by binging in the evening. 


http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/quick-healthy-snacks-and-lunches-to-go.html#b

elephantsin1
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM


This is great! Thank you.

Quoting frndlyfn:

Here are few quick, easy, healthy snack items to have on hand. You may need to store some in your office's break-room fridge,but you can stash other shelf-stable options in your purse, car, desk, or locker at work. Reach for these when a snack-attack sneaks up on you:

  • Light string cheese and a piece of fruit
  • Peanut butter paired with whole-grain crackers or an apple
  • Beef jerky and whole-grain cereal
  • Sliced turkey with reduced-fat cheese and mustard and a handful of baby carrots
  • Trail mix made w/whole-grain cereal or crackers, dried fruit, and nuts
  • Instant packs of plain oatmeal, topped with nuts and a dash of cinnamon
  • Canned soups (look for light versions and those with lower sodium)
  • Nonfat yogurt topped w/ granola or pretzels
  • Granola bars (choose those that are high in fiber and have less sugar)
  • Hummus with whole-grain crackers or pita bread, or cut-up vegetables
  • Pouches of tuna or salmon with whole-grain crackers or rice cakes
  • A couple of hard-boiled eggs and a whole-wheat toast
  • Low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese topped with sliced pineapple or cucumber

A snack in the mid- to late-afternoon can help stave off hunger and provide you with a much-needed energy boost. Healthy snacking has also been proven to prevent overeating later in the day, which tends to happen when you eat too few calories throughout the day and overcompensate by binging in the evening. 


http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/quick-healthy-snacks-and-lunches-to-go.html#b



shajdinyak
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
nuts are one that no one named!
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elephantsin1
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM
All nuts? I heard nuts weren't good for you.

Quoting shajdinyak:

nuts are one that no one named!

shajdinyak
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Nuts are such a healthy snack, healthy fats! no salt tho, all natural plain nuts...walnuts and pecans are healthiest.

Quoting elephantsin1:

All nuts? I heard nuts weren't good for you.



Quoting shajdinyak:

nuts are one that no one named!

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elephantsin1
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Awesome! I will make sure to buy some next time I go to the store. Thank you.

Quoting shajdinyak:


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