Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Breakfast and Lunch - Healthy Meals For Work/School

For weeks and weeks now I've been preparing breakfast and lunch to take to work. I do this almost every night and then I take a picture of my food (with my phone which is why the images aren't great) to share with my friends on Facebook. Somehow it keeps me going! I've saved a lot of money by not eating out as much as I used to, and the thing about Weight Watchers is that it can be very difficult to calculate restaurant food. It's almost not worth the trouble! It's just easier to prepare your food at home. And did I mention I'm saving money? Not only that, but this is so much healthier!

There are some fabulous lunch boxes online but some of them are expensive. The main reason I haven't purchased any online is because I'm too impatient to wait for them to arrive! So one day about a week or two ago, I went to several stores hunting for the perfect divided lunchbox. I came across a nice one with 3 sections at Superstore (a grocery chain we have here) and the lid has an icepack in it. It's very cool, except that I pack my lunch in the evenings so if I wanted to freeze the lid, I'd have to cover my food with plastic for the night, and I don't want to waste a piece of plastic every night so ... I just don't freeze the lid. It would have been nice if the ice pack would come off, but it doesn't. Oh well! I still love the box anyway. And the top has a space for cutlery (included).

Now, if you want to purchase boxes online, I think the most popular are the EasyLunchboxes. Their website says they're out of stock right now, however, if you run a google search, they are available at other online retailers now. Mine is a Stay-Fit Lunch 2 Go (available on Amazon if you can't find a store). I also use a Lock & Lock with 2 spaces but I can't remember where I got that one. Actually, I pack 2 boxes every day. As I said, I eat 2 meals plus snacks at work. If I eat at home before I go to work, I need to eat more during the work day because I get hungry too soon, and I don't want to do that.

There are also a lot of places online to buy bento supplies. I just went to the dollar store and purchased a few different colours of silicon muffin cups. If you want to get fancy, you can buy all kinds of little toothpicks and things.

Here are a few of my favourite meals from the past few weeks, starting with what I packed for tomorrow.

For breakfast I'm having some marinated feta, buffalo turkey and Pepperidge Farm Cracker Chips. The fruit is my morning snack. I also have a banana on the side just in case. When I'm shopping I always use my iPhone to calculate points value of what I'm buying before I put it in the cart. These crackers, for example, are only 2 points for 20 chips! That's the same as a tortilla or 1 slice of bread. 2 slices of bread or 1/2 a pita is worth 3 points. Choose any of these items as your carb.

For lunch I made a wheat better and turkey salad and piece of rye with just a little Nutella. For the afternoon I've also packed a Nature Valley Oatmeal Thin.
And here's everything I packed for tomorrow.
For the salad, mix wheat berries with cooked turkey breast, Kraft Olive Oil Tuscan dressing, lemon juice, dried cranberries and scallions. I added chopped tomato the second day. 5 PointsPlus on that using 1/3 cup wheat berries and a little less than 2oz turkey per serving.

Here's what I had the day before. Breakfast was a turkey sandwich with some watermelon. Lunch was a bunch of fruits and veggies with wheat berry and turkey salad. And a little chocolate raspberry cupcake on the side. I mixed chocolate cake mix with apple sauce and added raspberries. Then put a little marshmallow on top about 5 minutes before they were done. If you make these, go easy on the raspberries, they were gloopy but tasty.

I always like to put 4 things into my meals. Protein, carb, fruit and veggie. It doesn't always work out that way, but I try.When I don't feel like cooking meat, I might make a salad with chickpeas, or even take hummus and pita. Sometimes even an egg for lunch.

I enjoyed this day too. Some honey maple ham and an aMooza (string cheese) with some goldfish on the side. Breakfast was just some more ham with an egg topped with tomato and scallion. I then wrapped it in a tortilla. Yum yum! I love these 100 calorie snacks too. You can make your own by buying larger bags of things like chips or pretzels, and then dividing it into snack size portions. This particular item from SnackWell's is 3 PointsPlus.

Here's the inside of my breakfast wrap. I prepared this in the morning, but if I was going to prepare it at night, I probably would have cooked it a little more and refrigerated it, then reheated it at work the next day. I like my yolks runny though so this was a good day =).
Have no idea where to start? Well, first find yourself a nice lunch box and then, visit one or all of these great blogs/sites. They have some incredible lunch ideas and there's no way you'll leave without being inspired. No way!

- another lunch
- MOMables
- EasyLunchboxes
- Bentolicious
- Family Fresh Cooking
- Family Fresh Meals
- Keeley McGuire

and so many more!

And if you have a blog or website like the ones above, let me know! I'd love to check it out and add it to my list. I'm always looking for new ideas.

That's it for today. My laptop is running low on juice so I have to plug it in. I'll post more pictures of my meals later.

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