Food items to send? Ideas?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Food items to send? Ideas?
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 6:02pm

I know a lot of people send cookies/baked items, candy, etc., but my SO is really interested in staying healthy over there (of course, I did send him a huge amount of stuff for valentine's day and I know he and the guys enjoyed it, but I'm trying to limit the "junk"). I feel so bad for him when he describes the food at his location. Usually he's been pretty lucky in that department, but this time it's bad. He's a muscular, solid 280lb guy and yesterday he told me he ate a lettuce/cabbage mix with dressing and a side of white rice bc the other stuff was so repulsive (and he, like me, is VERY open to different foods and has a great appetite). He's also been sleeping really poorly- there is constant noise where he is with planes taking off super close, a squaky A/C unit, people talking outside his quarters (he works nights) and of course, the really uncomfortable bedding. I thought today about sending him something to help- noise machine (but that probably won't work since it would have to be really loud), ear plugs?? I don't know...thoughts??

As for the food, he and his roomie were excited when his GF sent them a bottle of salad dressing and he said maybe some PB and J (that is really sad, considering that's not what he would normally eat- I know he's desperate). I suggested I will find him some good jam and almond honey butter to keep it healthier (Whole Foods- he'd choke at the cost,

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Registered: 08-20-2005
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 9:14pm
*tuna (they have all sorts of flavors in pouches now)
*crackers for the tuna (all sorts of healthy versions)
f*lavored rice cake chips (or popchips)
*popcorn, if he has access to a microwave, and you can send some spices to flavor it up if you want
*beef jerky (again, tons of different flavors)
*any kind of nuts
*dried fruit: Trader Joes (if you have them near you, and I'm sure other stores carry them too) has dried fruit that is straight up fruit, no added sugar or anything to jack up calories or fat content. Just look at nutrition information for any dried fruit you buy, bananas are usually actually TERRIBLE for you
*Kashi makes some awesome granola bars (my favorites are dark chocolate coconut ones, not sure what their official name is)
*I haven't tried them yet, but I've read that Fiber One makes some awesome bars that taste just like Samoa girlscout cookies (caramel, chocolate, coconut... not sure of the name of them either but I know them when I see them)

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Registered: 01-30-2011
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 10:50pm
*the little Crystal Lite packets that you can mix with water


*Melba Toast--they're like crackers. They sell it at whole foods and it's great with peanut butter or almond butter.

If you really want to do something special, certain Whole Foods locations have a station where you can make your own Peanut Butter. He'll probably love it if you can find one close to you. You search on whole foods website..
*Trailmix is another healthy snack idea too

*Fig Newtons are kinda healthy too
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Registered: 10-13-2006
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 11:50pm

To expand on the great ideas given...

Peanut butter- I know that was one thing my brother DID NOT share. It was always a good thing to send esp.. Since the only pb sold there was peter pan. Ick. LOL

Beef Jerky- if you know how long it takes him to get packages you might want to look into getting some from a meat/ butchers shop or farmers market. It's WAY better then the stuff they sell at stores but does not last as long and cannot be sent once the weather warms up.

Canned meats- tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef, these were VERY popular with my brothers unit

minute rice- they have a pack of two individual cups, all he needs is a microwave. No water! AND the brown rice is quite tasty =)

Hot sauce- if he likes that kind of thing

nuts and seeds

I *think* I've seen fruits and veggies at wal mart in those individual cup things.

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Registered: 07-28-2005
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 9:09am

I have sent the following and while some of its not the healthiest, its a ton better than a 3K MRE that they serve them a couple of times a week for lunch because they are too lazy to cook!

beef jerk, beef sticks and summer sausage



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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 7:56pm

Thanks, ladies! I got a bunch of stuff (nuts, tuna, jerky, fruit cups,

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Registered: 07-28-2005
Wed, 03-16-2011 - 8:59am
Hmm no... then again we are married and its all in one pot! lol Sounds like you packed some awesome boxes!