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Jeannius
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:08 am    Post subject: Healthy lunch options?  Reply with quote

Hey guys, this year I've decided to make a lifestyle change with the diet/exercise and not eat out all the time, eat more vegetables and not buy lunch & coffee everyday....I've progressed onto drinking tea now and making more veggies for dinner but I'm really struggling with healthy lunch options as I'm so used to just buying it, can anyone offer some suggestions?

Today I have cruskits with tomato and ham and grapes, hoping this will fill me up or I'll be snacking on sultanas all day ><
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salads, get a good container for taking it then a good range of your favorite salad stuff, herbs fruit, dressings, nuts, left over roast veggies all that sort of healthy stuff. Yogurts with fruit take some muesli to add to it you like that sort of thing. Fresh fruit hardly stuff like apples travel well. If you like baking try fruit muffins unlimitedoptionsthere with bran or whole meal flour dried fruit u can add sour cream or yogurt to the mix, jam dollops in the middle and u don't feel like its "healthy".

ETA, if you are used to having lunch out everyday maybe cut it back but let yourself eat out a couple of times a week. It will break up the routine of homemade lunches and give you something to look forward too. Also I find cruskits don't fill me up long term as they are mostly air so you might want to look at low GI long term filling foods so you won't be snacking on high sugar stuff through the afternoon.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome thanks. I do enjoy salad, just went off it in the winter and never went back on. I was pretty impressed that my cruskits lasted until dinner, but I think i'm at that stage in the cycle where I'm not too hungry.

I looove sushi but it's not as healthy as its cracked up to be, so much sugar and carbs in the sushi rice alone. I eat it quite often though.

I'll get into the yoghurt and muesli, yumm! I need to eat diary free yoghurt but will probably pop some blueberries and stuff in it.

Anyone got any good wrap ideas as well?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try finding a local store that does brown rice sushi Jeann, it's beter for you than white rice.

in your wraps try grilled chicken with salad and sweet chilli/mayo sauce, or try a pesto sauce. mountain bread is a really good option too. try thin slices of quiche in your wraps too.
anything you can put in a salad/sandwiche you can add to a wrap!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm that sounds so delicious *drools* yummm gonna have to try that. I love eating all this food even though it's 'healthy'! Buying lunch is just the easy option.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am going to second the mountain bread! It is a great wrap option and there are varieties (such as corn, wheat, rice etc). I put in cheese, carrots, lettuce etc

Also I love this as a healthier light lunch. Its a cous cous salad:
Mix together cooked cous cous
Chopped cranberries
Toasted slivered almonds
Chopped mint and parsley
Chopped spring onions
Crumbled feta.

It IS SO GOOD!

Cruskits are OK, but they are a pretty processed food.

Have you tried making larger dinners and taking leftovers as well?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

goji berries are an awesome snack , also love golden gooseberries (if you like tart dried fruit) both are extremelly good for you .

i also make a brown rice , polenta and pearl barley mix . boil some water add those 3 things , then add vecon concertrate stock (or any stock of your choice) wait until it thickens up a bit then add garlic , wakame (i use this instead of salt) , garlic (as much as you like) , organic tomato paste . cook until nealry all the juice is absorbed , turn it off then in then add some frozen peas .

its yummy !! i only cook it for a short time , i like it crunchy . you can eat it hot or cold
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YUM that sounds fantastic Alice! I'll definitely try it out. I haven't really cooked cous cous before, interesting!

Yeah, I've made larger dinners mainly stir fries and taken them in for lunch which is what I did a few times a week. I mostly make rice/noodles and stirfry for dinner though so think I can do better for healthiness for some reason

Oooh I do like dried cranberries, goji berries sounds interesting.

Whats polenta Vixen? That sounds soo healthy.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you think is unhealthy about the stir fry? Potentially the noodles depending on their ingredients but brown rice with a stir fry isn't that bad. Just don't eat a lunch that is mostly carbs. Include more veggies into your stir fry and remember to include about a hand size portion of protein.

I guarantee you if you don't eat protein you will not feel as full!

Cous cous is SO easy to make! It takes about 5 min. Just follow the instructions on the box and you can't stuff it up. Just remember to fluff with a fork and bob's your uncle!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably just the white rice and volume of it. I'm going to try brown rice, I absolutely love that idea. I've also started cooking with more veggies instead of just meat and it seems to be working well.

Awesome, sounds good! I'll try it out. What else can you do with cous cous?


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