Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to Packing

I'm talking about my lunch, here folks. As I have mentioned, I am on a quest to redefine the health status of my lifestyle. I have always brought my lunch to school, save when I was preggo and for some odd and mystifying reason I actually wanted to eat school lunch. (This is probably why I am in the predicament that I am in.) However, now that I am really, really, really trying to shed some pounds I am attempting to stay at 1,2oo calories per day. My breakfast and lunch calories are usually my lowest, but I was kind of getting bored with my options.

SO! Here are five ideas (via fitsugar) for a healthy lunch. Bon appetit.

1.Veggie Omelet -Omelets are a cinch to make and pack, so it's great to bring them for lunch to work. Two eggs, three mushrooms, 1/4 cup chopped broccoli, and four cherry tomatoes equals 187 calories, 10.2 grams of fat, and 14.9 grams of protein. If you like cheese, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese will add 114 calories, 9.4 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein.

2.Grilled Chicken Salad -Salads offer variety in flavor but not a ton of calories or protein. So I like to add grilled chicken to keep me satisfied until dinner. Three ounces of grilled chicken, one cup of spinach, one small carrot, 1/4 cup radish slices, 1/4 cup diced red pepper, 1/4 cup diced celery, 1/4 cup diced apple, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, three ounces grilled chicken, and two tablespoons Annie's Raspberry Vinaigrette equals 372 calories, 18.6 grams of fat, and 34.1 grams of protein.

3.Banana, Apple, and Peanut Butter Sandwich -Simple yet always delicious. Try to find whole wheat bread that contains at least five grams of protein per slice. Two slices of whole wheat bread, two tablespoons peanut butter, half a small banana, and half a small apple comes out to 510 calories, 21.3 grams of fat, and 18.9 grams of protein.

4.Soup and Crackers- Since the weather is cooling off, I always crave something warm to eat, and soup is always satisfying. If you can't make your own, canned soup is very convenient. Just be on the lookout for high amounts of sodium. One can of Amy's Split Pea Soup (2 servings) and one Doctor Kracker Seedlander Flatbread adds up to 300 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and 18 grams of protein.

5.Hummus and Veggie Pita- You can't go wrong with a hummus pita. I like to dice my veggies into tiny pieces so it's easier to eat. One oat bran pita, four tablespoons hummus, two tablespoons alfalfa sprouts, 1/4 cup cucumber, 1/4 cup grated carrot, and 1/4 cup red pepper equals 293 calories, .2 grams of fat, and 10.9 grams of protein. (my personal fav)


Amy said...

Seems like some great food ideas, but also keep this in mind. The nutritionist at my job is always saying that your metabolism is like a fire and in order to keep the fire burning you need to feed the fire. So, watching what you eat is good, but don't let yourself go hungry just to stay under a certain calorie amount.

Tracy said...

Dont worry...I never go hungry. Trust me. That's why I am so careful about what I eat...I have to have a lot of it... :)

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