Food items to send? Ideas??

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Food items to send? Ideas??
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 6:05pm

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: 11-08-2006
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 10:03pm
My Dh makes himself a snack mix of a bunch of different types of nuts and dried fruit. It is really healthy and it gives him a shot of protein which helps him feel full. That would be something that would ship well too.

Target has some good fruit strip thingies. I'm not sure they are actually healthy but they are supposedly organic and made with real fruit and they are really tasty! Here's a link to them on Amazon:

My biggest advice is to just take some time and go to the grocery store and look through the aisles. I found a lot of stuff that I could send when Dh was deployed that I had never even paid attention to before.

Good luck and I hope you find some good things to send him!


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Registered: 10-17-2010
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 7:03am

At least the PB and J is a good start on where to look, maybe you can grab some whole grain Wasa crackers so they'll keep better on shipping.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 8:07pm
Thanks for the ideas, ladies! I sent off a couple of boxes today. Hopefully, it helps him a little!
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Registered: 08-25-2005
Wed, 03-16-2011 - 6:38pm

I'm convinced that they don't feed these boys (and girls...not being sexist!) over there...

I send FanBoy:

Salad Dressing
Fiber Plus Antioxidants bars (the coconut, caramel, fudge ones taste like Samoas!!! )
Nutri Grain Bars
Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers (they're in the soup aisle)
Instant Oatmeal
Whole Grain Goldfish
Handi Snacks (I know it's junk but he LOVES them)
Coffee, Dust Creamer and Organic Sugar (it's currency over there, you cannot send too much coffee)
Nature Valley Granola Bars
Crystal Light, Propel & G2 packets (single serve type)
Tuna Packets
Tobasco & other hot sauce
Soup (it's dust and you add water to it)
Dried Fruit
Trail Mix
Protein Powder
Sour Candy (his fave)

Stuff like that.