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    So I'm starting a new job this Monday and would like to be able to pack my lunches (for both convenience and to save money). The problem is, I'm having a hard time thinking of anything other than cold meat, some salad greens and/or carrots and a piece of fruit.

    Any suggestions for some more variety?
    Healthy Bucket List:
    • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
    • Hike the Appalachian Trail
    • Do a real pull-up
    • Run a 5k
    • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



    Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

  • #2
    Eggs! Either hard boiled or an omelet made ahead of time, which reheats nicely in the microwave.

    I often make "extra" dinner and take leftovers as my lunch the next day.

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    • #3
      Is there a microwave available?

      Some cold ideas:

      Chicken salad
      Egg salad
      Cold steak
      Salads with sardines
      Cold soups
      Jerky
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      • #4
        Most of the time I skip lunch -- around here that seems to be called intermittent fasting. Its easier and I don't have to pack food. I do keep a can of coconut milk at my desk for the hangry times.

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        • #5
          Some of the salad in a jar recipes look good.

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          • #6
            I cut red/orange/yellow peppers into wide strips and dip them in blue cheese dressing like chips. Nuts are always a good filler. Can of tuna.

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            • #7
              Here are some kid lunch ideas that you can resize for your own needs:

              school lunch ideas from Everyday Paleo

              And leftovers are also excellent if you have a way to reheat if necessary. PLANNED leftovers are common in our house, for exactly this purpose
              Sandra
              *My obligatory intro

              There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

              DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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              • #8
                -hardboiled eggs [or I bring a couple to scramble in the microwave]
                -greek yogurt with chia "cereal"
                -repurposed leftovers [LOVE "deconstructed" tacos, burger patty with greens, roast chicken with gravy, etc]
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                • #9
                  My family and I cook a ton of burgers, meatloaf, porkchops and chicken breast on Sunday then we eat it through out the week. Throw in a avacado a piece of fruit and you have a complete meal!

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                  • #10
                    Big Ass Salad. I pack a salad every day. It's usually the same base of lettuce/spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, then sometimes I add a little feta, avocado, or some other veggies I might have, and I switch up the protein: tinned salmon, sardines, leftover chicken or beef or sausages, ham.
                    I keep a bottle of very good quality olive oil and one of balsamic vinegar at my desk.
                    Even though it's almost the same every day, without fail every lunch hour one or more of my colleagues will tell me how good my lunch looks.
                    It might sound a bit boring, but it certainly streamlines the night-before routine to know exactly what I'm making for tomorrow's lunch.
                    Oh, and here's my "professional salad-packer" tip: build your salad upside down. I.e. put your protein in the bottom of the container first, then your cheese, chopped veg, and finish with the lettuce. You can dress it with oil & vinegar in the container, giver 'er a small shake, and then flip it out into a big bowl or plate and it looks perfectly freshly assembled.

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                    • #11
                      I do almost exactly the same as Emseven, but instead of keeping oil and vinegar at work (good idea though!) I dress with butter and/or dripping. It stays solid in the lunchbox, so it doesn't leak all over the inside of my bag. Then at lunchtime I extract it onto a plate and melt it in the microwave. Then I tip the salad onto the plate with the molten fat and stir it all in.

                      My colleagues generally tell me it looks 'healthy' and 'tasty'.

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                      • #12
                        some of my favorites are:

                        - Chopped liver
                        - Smoked Salmon
                        - Canned sardines

                        I also bring olives to work often and eat them with lunch

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the tips!

                          Here's my meal plan for the first week - in case anyone is interested:

                          - Lettuce wrapped chicken salad with craisins and walnuts, orange
                          - Shrimp and spinach salad, orange
                          - Berry smoothie (with mixed berries, kefir, spinach and carrots)
                          - Half a pork chop with cinnamon apple sauce
                          - Lettuce wrapped cheese burger (with grass fed beef, bacon, tomato and yes, a smidge of cheese), orange
                          Healthy Bucket List:
                          • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
                          • Hike the Appalachian Trail
                          • Do a real pull-up
                          • Run a 5k
                          • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



                          Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by OutdoorAmy View Post
                            Thanks for all the tips!

                            Here's my meal plan for the first week - in case anyone is interested:

                            - Lettuce wrapped chicken salad with craisins and walnuts, orange
                            - Shrimp and spinach salad, orange
                            - Berry smoothie (with mixed berries, kefir, spinach and carrots)
                            - Half a pork chop with cinnamon apple sauce
                            - Lettuce wrapped cheese burger (with grass fed beef, bacon, tomato and yes, a smidge of cheese), orange
                            That's all ONE day right??? Cuz half a pork chop? That sounds like you're on a diet.
                            Sandra
                            *My obligatory intro

                            There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                            DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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                            • #15
                              I follow the awesome nomnompaleo over on tumblr, and she always posts really great pictures of lunches that she packs for her and her family, plus all sorts of other meals. Great inspiration for when I get stuck in a rut. Link here: Nom Nom Paleo
                              Also, like a couple people above said, salad-in-a-jar is great. Here's a fun how-to layering guide: Salad in a Jar Bureau of Betterment
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