Lunch Ideas?

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Lunch Ideas?
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Fri, 01-13-2012 - 8:41am

Hey ladies... I pack my lunch to take to school with me each day and the last two days I've had to throw my lunch away because it grosses me out in some way so then I eat some saltines and a granola bar and end up hungry and that's not good. So I'm looking for ideas of what has sounded good to you all. Maybe I'll get some ideas of things I haven't thought of yet. I'm also having a hard time eating protein because most meat makes me gag. Any ideas?? Thanks everyone!

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Registered: 10-12-2010
In reply to: kbeth85
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 9:08am

I don't know what I'd do if I had to pack a lunch. Even when not pregnant, what sounds good in the morning isn't necessarily what I want come noon. I work from home so I am lucky that I have all the food at my fingertips.

But, when I was in the office, I would take a few Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones and put in our freezer... then I had choices. Is this an option for you? What about microwavable soups? Yogurt? Individually wrapped cheeses (like string cheese, or the shaped cheddar kind, I think there are Disney ones)? Oatmeal is a good standby, even though instant isn't as good for us as the cook-on-the-stove kind (I love steel cut oats). If you're really not into food food, you can get some Ensure or Boost... they have both of those in high protein.

Here at home lately I've been on a cheese quesadilla kick. That, milk, and yogurt are my best sources of protein right now. I like meat, I just HATE cooking right now (which is a problem since we are a family of 5). Don't count eggs out, either. Even just a few hard-boiled eggs are good if you have that option. In my quesadillas and yogurt I add wheat germ for the vites -- it's actually better than it sounds in the quesadillas. I eat those cold, too. Not sure if you can stomach that or not.

Another standby is fortified cereal. I love Total, but then I also love Cookie Crisp. LOL. I'm really just a big kid. I had a hankering for Spaghetti-Os the other day so now my pantry is stocked with that! Oh, and corned beef & hash. I have issues. LOL.

HTH! I know how hard it is to eat sometimes.

Brie
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Brie
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In reply to: kbeth85
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 9:50am
Reliable snacks for me include things with peanut butter--ants on a log (celery/pb/raisins), apples and peanut butter, and peanut-butter and banana sandwiches. Other decently palatable recent options include something with cream cheese (Ritz crackers and cream cheese, mini-bagels and cream cheese). I am craving a lot of fruit, so I find that if I have fruit (apples, berries, pear, anything juicy), I can alternate a bite of something else with a bite of fruit. Pasta has also been decent for me (Real Simple has a killer recipe for homemade mac and cheese with cauliflower that is a little different than your standard mac and cheese, and it takes about 15 min to throw together, makes lots of leftovers, and reheats well).

I really feel your pain. I have spent a small fortune on eating out lately at lunch because I have to go with whatever sounds mildly appetizing at that moment, and it's not always cheap OR healthy. If I pack a variety of small snacks, I do better. Also, try to snack throughout the day. That's been helping me too. Popcorn has been a life-saver (maybe it's the salt?).

Good luck!
C

ps When all else fails, I've been able to eat a hard-boiled egg with salt. :)
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In reply to: kbeth85
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 11:28am

I have this problem too.

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In reply to: kbeth85
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 2:05pm
I stock up on yogurt and granola, cheese sticks, apples and peanut butter, goldfish crackers, pretzels. For lunches I try to do a Smart One or something like that since i actually eat every 3 hours, so I don't do huge meals.

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In reply to: kbeth85
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 2:30pm

I agree about the soups -- you could easily keep a small variety in your desk or on a shelf in your classroom and pick what sounds good that day, or save them till another day and still not have to tote them around or throw them out. I've been all about soups the past two weeks, I find it easy to stomach and then you can have something else, like a small sandwich, once it's digested. Since I've been pregnant I"ve been liking mild, starchy soups: corn chowder, cream of potato, good old chicken noodle. The tomato-based soups are too acidic for me right now.

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In reply to: kbeth85
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 6:40pm

The two sandwiches I've really been loving lately are actually very aromatic, shall we say, so they may not be for you - but I love them! Tuna fish and egg salad sandwiches. I also just eat a lot of PB&J, since they are pretty bland. I'm actually cooking a quiche tonight for dinner and can't wait to have the leftovers tomorrow for lunch!

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Fri, 01-13-2012 - 7:48pm
I've pretty much cut tuna out of my diet due to the mercury issue. I've read items that say you can have some, but with my age and elevated risk for certain things, it's just easier for me to cut it out so it's one less (controllable) thing I have to worry about. Here's some info on fish that you can eat (canned tuna you can enjoy in moderation): http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/fishmercury.htm. Just some FYI, and definitely not to alarm you.

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In reply to: kbeth85
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 9:40pm

I am so glad you brought this up!


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Fri, 01-13-2012 - 9:59pm

My staples lately have been saltine crackers, bagels w/ cream cheese, cheese slices, hard boiled eggs, English muffins w/ peanut butter, PB&J on toast, fresh apples and pears, applesauce and plain carrot sticks.

My friend gave me a recipe for homeade ginger ale but I haven't had a chance to go get the items I need to make it. She said her sister-in-law makes it and it helped her and my friend when they had m/s.

Here is the recipe: 1 Ginger root, peeled and diced, mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 cup sugar. Boil for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the ginger. Use about 1/4 cup of the ginger mixture

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In reply to: kbeth85
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 12:34am
Rosie do you mind sharing that recipe? Sounds delic :) I've been eating a lot of cheese lately. Mac and cheese, grilled cheese, cheese cubes...if its cheese I'll eat it! Not helpful for lunch but even a simple PB&J will get you protein. I like egg salad and tuna too. Most ppl don't care for those things and I know we have to limit our tuna intake but once a week if you like it ;)

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