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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2005 07:48:05 AM »

mmm, all of these are good ideas for people like me who can't think of anything good to make first thing in the morning.

I've been making a lot of wraps lately. Some of my favorites are whole wheat tortillas with:
Falafel (you can get falafel mix at the health food store--it's probably salty and oily, but it has beans and lentils in it, so I figure it's still pretty healthy), strips of bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and yogurt mixed with crushed garlic and dill
Cooked chicken, avacado, and greens
Turkey, brie, dijon mustard, greens, and cherry tomatoes
Tofu that's gone through the George Foreman grill, teriyaki sauce, greens, bell pepper strips, and carrot strips

I also find I eat a lot more veggies and fruits if I cut them into little pieces and put them in baggies to snack on during coffee breaks (or in between classes, if you're in school) than if I try to eat them all at lunch.
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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2005 09:31:38 AM »

Is that your idea or your moms?  As a mother and grandmother, I think that school lunch is a bargain.  You get a full, well balanced meal at a very low price.

Not at my school you don't. Ick, ick, ick. The food is all fast-food related and it all looks radioactive. The only decent things I've had were the potato wedges. Anyway, I brin lunch every day. I usually pack a juice box, a turkey or pbj sandwich, some crackers (like cheeze-its), and a cookie or piece of fruit. Sometimes, I eat a yougurt or a bagel instead of a sandwich. My friend always has salad with chicken from last night's dinner and some dressing in a little tupperwear or baggie. Another easy thing is pizza bagels, which aren't half bad cold. As I said before, I like peanut butter because it's healthy and it tastes good. (I don't buy Skippy, I go with the organic peanut butter with very little sugar added.) Also, one of my friends used to bring soup in an insulated lunch box. There's a lot you can do with that.
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« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2005 10:17:13 AM »

Damn, candycanechild...yo u are far wiser about nutrition than I was at your age...
My school lunches were just as gross as yours seem to be, although I was mostly content to eat them, or whatever else happened to come my way.  My mom ensured I ate healthy at home, but at school, I pretty much subsisted on pretzels, ice cream bars, french fries and croutons.  Not salad, just croutons.  And maybe bacon bits.  There were no healthy options, not unless you count wilted iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing as "healthy," which I certainly don't.  And high school wasn't all THAT long ago [ok, ok...it was a good few years ago, but not, like, 20 years] that lunchrooms could've changed so much they're actually "safe" to eat in now. 
Luckily for my figure, I'm much more concientious now.  I live close enough to my office that I can walk home for lunch; on those days I eat good, balanced meals.  Usually I stay near work, though, so I brown bag it.  Leftovers are always a good bet [I've a fridge and  microwave at work, which helps]; and I've found I can't go wrong with a bit of cheddar cheese on good grainy brown bread with an apple.  A bit of fat, a bit of fruit, whole grains keeps me pretty full for most of the afternoon.    I've also taken to stashing bagles and veggie burgers in the freezer at work, so even if I can't make it out to lunch and I've forgotten to pack something I've always got a bit to eat.  Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body [plus it makes me cranky]. 
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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2005 03:56:34 PM »

When I was in high school i litterally lived on PB&J (strawberry jam only). But if you must have variety, I found this really neat website that has a load of recipe ideas.

http://www.fabulousfoods.com/features/brnbag/brnbag.html

by the way, thanks to everyone else for the great ideas. some weeks it's so hard to think of what to eat at work. I think i'll be eating wraps next week!
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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2005 04:29:41 PM »

Damn, candycanechild...yo u are far wiser about nutrition than I was at your age...
Haha. Thanks. This one girl (who I strongly dislike very much but sadly, I am stuck sitting across from at lunch) always has to critique my choice of meals.
"You're eating Oreos? Aren't they like, bad for you or something?"
"No, these aren't Oreos. They are Jo-Jos, from Trader Joe's. They're better than Oreos, and plus, they don't have partially hydrongenated soybean oil."
"God, you eat so healthy. You're 15, who cares?" Then she proceedes to shove a Twinkie down her throat. Then she laughs at me as I take out an apple.
Then I inwardly laugh at her for being old, fat, diabetic, and having heart disease someday.
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« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2005 10:35:26 AM »

When I was in high school i litterally lived on PB&J (strawberry jam only). But if you must have variety, I found this really neat website that has a load of recipe ideas.

http://www.fabulousfoods.com/features/brnbag/brnbag.html

by the way, thanks to everyone else for the great ideas. some weeks it's so hard to think of what to eat at work. I think i'll be eating wraps next week!

Thanks for the link! These are some really great ideas.
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« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2005 07:48:12 PM »

it's awesome that you plan on bringing lunches. who knows what the government puts in those lunches.
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