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Old 04-03-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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Healthy but easy to make lunches

I need some ideas for healthy but really easy to make lunches. I need about four good ideas because thats the amount of days I will be considering ideas. Can anyone help me out? I need to have some sort of lunch that will fill me up and energize me tho. I like most chicken, beef, meat, and vegetables. Thanks.


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Old 04-03-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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Homemade soup, salads and sanwiches.

Infinite variety exists in any of the above categories and all can be incredibly healthy. Of course it all depends what you put in/on them.

Search for some of the comprehensive sanwich threads that have sprung up over time for inspiration.

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Old 04-03-2006, 04:15 PM   #3
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good ole salad always works. Vary the veggies/meat players, add a coupla croutons and a tablespoon of your fave dressing. Or skip the croutons and eat a nice little roll (better yet, an apple) as an accompaniment.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:36 PM   #4
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A small salad, careful with the dressing and/or veggie sticks (carrot, celery, etc.), a small fruit or small baggie of dried fruit, and half a sandwich (meat and cheese).

An alternative is to have a heartier salad with some steak, chicken, or nuts, cheese, and crutons instead of a sandwich and some fruit.

Another is a pasta salad (cold pasta; walnuts; tomatoes, peppers, spinach, other veggies), fruit, and a small yogurt.

A fourth, and the easiest to make, is to throw some triscuit, a baby cucumber, carrot sticks, a small handful of nuts, and either a small yogurt or a cheese stick.

All of those are ideas for easy to pack lunches, and based on what I make myself. I don't eat a lot of meat at lunchtime, so ideas with those don't really come to mind.

I consider healthy having a balanced lunch, so I try to get dairy, protein, fruits, veggies, and grains in it. I usually get full pretty easily. Depending on what dinner was the night before, sometimes it can be a good lunch. I don't know if you mean to eat at home or to pack though.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:00 AM   #5
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I often take thai chicken salad for lunch, or a meat and salad sandwich or some dry biscuits (crackers) with a small tin of flavoured tuna with some vegie sticks.
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:51 PM   #6
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If you opt for a salad, try to use a field green mix, spinach or some other dark leafy green. You'll get the most bang for you buck for most nutrients. I pack a lot of salads for lunch. I like them and they're easy. Like others said, go easy on the dressing. One way I find I can do this is if I pack the salad w/ stuff that I like that's probably got a little more calories than your basic cucumber, carrots. Stuff I always have on hand:

dried cranberries
red onion
kalamata olives
feta cheese
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:11 PM   #7
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I normally have leftovers from the previous night's dinner for lunch, but if that's not available, I'll usually do a substantial soup, vegetarian or turkey chili, or a salad with a protein component - fish, poultry, meat, beans, cheese.

And what about wraps? Flour tortillas come in all sorts of flavors these days, & you can roll them up with healthy lean deli meats, cheeses, salad components, veggies, & a few schmears of your favorite dressing.
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:18 PM   #8
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Here's something you make the day (or evening) before. It's a fantastic leftover that is easily portable.

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Old 04-06-2006, 12:32 AM   #9
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When I lived in Quebec and had access to a wide range of fresh vegetables, I would make a salad each day with 3 random vegetables, one topping (alfalfa, nuts, cheese, raisins, pear, orange, or the occasional hard boiled egg...) and either oil, rice vinegar or lemon juice as a dressing. I didn't necessarily use a kind of lettuce. I'm not that big on ruffage

Normally, I guess you would have a sandwich with that. I was never a big eater. But, this is a good way to keep eating salad every day without getting sick of it. I do it with fruits in the morning, now. It's the same principle.
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Old 04-16-2006, 11:10 PM   #10
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Thanks a lot for the ideas everybody. Does anybody have something a little more meat oriented though? I would like to have one or two days with a meat course as the main lunch. I know you guys have some nice ideas.

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