July 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm #10409derekParticipant
Looking for ideas of food to bring to work.
I frequently get too engaged at work, and end up not eating as much as I should during the day. I’m looking for ideas of things that are easy to prepare, pack and store (I usually ride a motorcycle), and have a lot of calories.
I wish there were more options for me to walk to for lunch, but the options I have close by aren’t appetizing to me. There are a few good places within driving distance, but I’d rather not have to make the extra trip.
Dried fruit and cheese can work, but that gets uninteresting quickly. Sandwiches could work too- I don’t really like whole wheat bread, and would love it if I could find a white and/or sourdough bread that isn’t made with enriched flour.
Any other ideas?July 30, 2013 at 1:27 am #10449
It’s hard to say unless you’re more specific about what you’re eating. What kinds of foods would you choose if convenience weren’t an issue?July 30, 2013 at 1:27 am #10450
It’s hard to say unless you’re more specific about what you’re eating/not eating. What kinds of foods would you choose if convenience weren’t an issue?July 30, 2013 at 4:36 am #10476DutchieParticipant
If you love whitebread,see if you can purchase some good flour and bake a couple of loafs yourself during the weekend so you can freeze some batches.
Or maybe look for a baker or someone who lovrs to bake near you and ask if theyre willing to bake bread if you provide ingredients,recipe and maybe pay them a little?July 30, 2013 at 5:27 am #10486imagoParticipant
Im always a fan of nice pasta salads- with mixtures of stuff like pine nuts, pesto, raisins and feta, or maybe butternut squash, olive oil, chicken, basil and a handful of leaves. There are so many recipes on the web- you can just make a big load at the start of the week and take some in in tupperware, to eat cold or reheat. That might sound a bit girly though ;)July 30, 2013 at 6:58 am #10490juliebwParticipant
Making lunch in quantity is the key. I have a bunch of lunch-size freezer containers. Most often I make soup in a large pot, and freeze it in these containers. Sometimes I just layer cooked foods like: a layer of rice, a layer of ground beef, a layer of vegetables. I keep pretzels in my desk drawer if I needs more carbs, and mozzarella sticks in the fridge if I want more fat/protein.July 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm #10534derekParticipant
I’m not really trying to avoid much in the way of food anymore, except for excess pufa and some of the nastier “artificial” ingredients.
If convenience weren’t a factor, there’s a Mediterranean buffet somewhat nearby that I’d go to more often. Or I’d go to Whole Foods, get some lasagna, fruit, cheese, etc. from their ‘to-go’ bar, along with a Three Twins ice cream sandwich. Both of these options would be a 10-20 minute drive. I’m not really limited to the amount of time I have for lunch, but I just don’t like having to drive and extend my workday to go out and get lunch.
Thanks for the suggestions. Planning ahead with meals seems like the main recommendation, something I’ve been slacking off with for a couple years now, especially for lunch. Been trying to eat more intuitively, going for what I feel like at the given time. Planning meals days or a week in advance doesn’t really support that. Time to re-assess.August 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm #10774Steven eParticipant
I second Imago’s pasta salad. I’ll usually put the pasta into boiling, and heavily salted, water later adding some chopped vegetables like zucchini, greenbeans, slivered carrots etc… after the pasta is partly cooked. That’s pretty easy, then throw on a ton of olive oil, chopped cheeses, olives, artichoke hearts etc… and so on, whatever is around. If you add some meat, it makes a really balanced, high calorie meal. One problem I’ve always had with the food I often take to town is that I’ll end up eating too much of one macronutrient and I then feel crappy, or just nibbling on stuff and never getting in a good meal. Nibbling some cheese, and then later a bunch of chips, and then some dried fruit just doesn’t cut it. Pasta salad, made right is pretty much a full, balanced and tasty meal. Sandwiches are pretty good for that too, and leftover pizza. If you think pasta salad is too girly, eat it with a bigger fork. I love the stuff and I’m ssooooeww manly. I do like daffodils though.August 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm #10775
“If you think pasta salad is too girly, eat it with a bigger fork.”
Ha! Whenever your masculinity is in question, just grab a bigger tool.
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