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The Whole Deal Pack-a-Lunch Contest

Tell us what’s for lunch and you might win a $50 gift card. You know packing lunch is worth it. It saves you money vs. eating out and lets you know exactly what is going into your meal—and your body. But when is lunch worth $50? When you win $50 just for your concept of lunch! Whether you’re packing your own lunch or packing one for someone else, no doubt you’re always looking for fresh ideas to make it both tasty and healthy. Throw your favorite lunch concept into the mix below and see what you get back. It might be great ideas from other readers. And it might be a $50 gift card! We’re truly looking for both tasty and healthy, so be sure your lunch idea includes a protein, a whole grain and at least one serving each of fruits and vegetables. We’ll choose 5 winners—one for each weekday—at random from all entries that meet those guidelines and are submitted by September 30, 2010. So, tell us…what’s for lunch? We’re hungry!

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Kau Kau Wagon says …

We make 500 lunches every Saturday. We have simple rules, healthy, cost effective, fresh, and very tasty. We start with fresh bread, honey oat is a fav of mine, or sweet bread hot dog buns, a small amount of mayo for flavor, small tomatoes, and fresh lettuce and 1/2 slice of cheese. With the hot dog buns u get a great home made sub sandwich. Then add in a fresh fruit, bananna, orange, apple, or even apple sauce. A then a sweet small mini snack of crackers, or cookies. 500 hungry needy people at a cost of 150. A full meal with a touch for the sweet tooth. Now that's lunch or dinner and breakfast some people. A meal of hope with the flavor of heart.

INES SON says …

I WOULD MAKE WHOLE WHEAT BURRITOS FROM LEFTOVERS OF STEW (ORGANIC CHICKEN OR GRASS FED GROUND BEEF WITH ROASTED POBLANO PEPPERS, TOMATOES, ONIONS AND RAW CHEDDAR CHEESE), A HAND FULL OF SPINACH OR 2 STICKS OF CELERY, WATER, AND FOR DESSERT AMARANTH BARS PREVIOSLY MADE WITH RAW CASHEWS, RAW HONEY AND PUFFED AMARANTH. DEVORA

Cortney Olson says …

Pack a lunch for my husband everyday to help save money and for him to have a reminder of how much I love him. Today it was a sandwich on rye bread from the farmers market with Garlic Hummus, Avocado, Tomatoes from our garden, soft cheese from the local cheesemaker and romaine lettuce. Add BBQ pop chips, a pluot, and cherries and he was set for the day.

Kamil Kecki says …

salad and yogurt

Rachel-Mom says …

CALLING ALL MOMS!!! Lunch is served... Today we will be having a delightful Organic Avocado Salad with Heirloom Sun Gold Cherry tomatoes, organic corn & chives. This is mixed with extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice dressing, add fresh ground pepper & salt to taste. For our main dish we will have an Organic Whole Grain Pita pocket sandwich filled with Heirloom baby lettuces, tomatoes and a few slices of slightly Spicy Tofu from Whole Foods Deli. With a few organic carrots on the side to crunch! You will be pleased to know we get our touch of sweet today with a Vegan Blue Berry Muffin from the Whole Food Bakery, Yum! Don't worry moms... if you are not the Tofu type you can substitute a slice or two of lunch meat and cheese in your pita pocket with a dollop of Humus. Come Hungry leave with a smile:)

Erin from Long Island says …

darn...i forgot..... I always have in-season, local fruit with me too!

Angela says …

Its not easy to pack a lunch every day, so I try to make a my meals for dinner last long enough for a couple of small lunches. I love to put my quinoa, cous cous, or rice, and protien like chicken or fish on top of a simple bed of greens or steemed veggies. Its so easy and healthy. I dont feel like Im depriving myself and its so very economicle...and I dont get bored! a banana or apple and fresh ground almond or peanut butter always satisfies the sweet tooth and is a perfect and inexpensive end to a healthy lunch:)

Julia W. says …

Sadly I am having a shrimp and angel hair pasta Lean Cuisine. I wish it was a Whole Foods Barton Springs sandwich!

metta says …

For lunch, I enjoy a chicken curry salad sandwich made with leftover turkey, curry spices mayo, celery and red grapes. Delicious on organic whole-grain bread. Sometimes I add a few thin slices of avocado and cucumber.

Jennifer Brown says …

my son loves turkey on (organic) whole grain bread with baby carrots, I usually put in a tube of organic yogurt and freeze it so its still cold by lunch :)

helen j hoang says …

ten inches of baguette w/ cheese , 2 slices of tomato & shredded bbq chicken 4 lunch

Margaret Gabriele says …

I pack my son a Clif chocolate brownie Z-bar,a package of baby carrots, yogurt that I've frozen so it stays cold till lunch,an apple or banana and a bottle of water.

Peter Agostinelli says …

I will have a leftover local grass-fed burger (ground and purchased at my local Whole Foods) grilled medum-rare last night after a liberal dusting with a favorite mesquite dry rub. I will enjoy this today reheated and smeared with fresh guacamole I made this morning with avocados (also from Whole Foods) and tomatoes from my parents' garden. I'll also pack an apple and sweet potatoes I also grilled on a cooler part of the grill to help me get through the day.

Caiti L says …

Roast beet sandwiches make the best packed lunch!! Roasted beets, chilled, peeled, and sliced, on whole wheat bread, with a thin layer of vegan 'mayo' and romaine lettuce. Before I went vegan I also enjoyed a slice of cheddar goat cheese on there. SO good!! For dessert I like to have some fresh fruit chopped up with a spoonful or two of soy yogurt on top. I stir it up when I'm ready to eat it, or else it gets a little runny. Again, non-vegans could go with a dairy option on the yogurt. Throw some peeled carrots in there and you've got yourself one delicious, filling lunch!!

sophie hansen says …

protein - grilled tofu whole grain - brown rice one serving of fruit - mandarin oranges one serving of vegetables - asparagus toss it all up for a room temp stir-fry!

Sharon says …

"Purses" of tuna salad wrapped up in a lettuce leaf and tied with a strip of carrot, whole grain crackers with peanut butter (no sugar) and apple slices.

Heather Anderson says …

My kids' favorite bag lunch is a whole grain tortilla stuffed with a chick pea and red bean mash (spiced with a bit of chili spice), leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, julienned carrots and some whole foods flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds roasted to snack on with it. These are delicious without reheating provide them much needed energy for growing and active children! My own favorite bag lunch is a delicious and crunchy mixed green salad topped with assorted seeds/nuts, crunchy diced whole grain toast, and sprinkled with a bit of cayenne powder for a tasty kick.

Genevieve Kolbasa says …

I pack my husband's lunch everyday. I like to give him something from every food group so that I know he's eating healthy even when he's away from home. A favorite lunch of his would include organic whole wheat penne pasta with a tomato-basil sauce (that I make using organic Italian stewed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, onion, sugar, and parsley) and Italian-style chicken sausage; organic baby carrots; an organic Gala apple; an organic peach; and an organic whole grain blackberry fruit bar. He is able to drink purified water at his office throughout the day, so I don't have to send a drink. I top it all off with a note thanking him for working so hard to provide for our family and telling him to have a great day! :-)

Annie Brazeal says …

Today I packed myself a turkey, arugula and avocado sandwich on multigrain bread and a side of carrots. Yum!

paig292 says …

@Belinda Just enter your lunch suggestion in the comment box. Simple!

Dinahmite says …

Today's lunch I brought a filet of wild salmon from the night before. It was broiled with fresh squeezed lemon, olive oiled, sea salt and fresh black cracked pepper. Along with my salmon, I also brought organic mixed herb greens with aged balsamic and garlic infused olive oil salt, ground pepper vinaigrette along with sweet crunchy red cherry tomatoes and topping it off, fresh peeled parmesan cheese for that salty buttery taste. For my dessert, a cup of fresh organic blueberries with greek yogurt and honey.

tanya miller says …

I am having a ceasar salad for lunch

Jo Dale says …

A cup of lowfat or nofat cottage cheese with a half a cup of chunky salsa stirred in to it. For dipping in my cottage cheese mix: Whole grain baked pita chips or toasted whole wheat bagel slices and a cup or so of chilled leftover steamed veggies (usually broccoli florets and baby carrots. Red grapes.Lots of water.

Dee says …

A sandwich on Whole Food's unparalled spelt currant walnut bread with sliced Diestel turkey, organic 365 mustard, thinly sliced cucumber slices and cilantro leaves. A couple of fresh carrots snapped in half, and fresh fruit of choice, all from the produce section...love green apples in the winter and organic grapes for this season. Delicious and refreshing!!

Brett Greenberg says …

Whole Wheat Tortilla/Wrap filled with slices of grilled flank steak, grilled peaches, basil pesto, roasted peppers, and fresh mozzarella. Is it time for lunch?

Diana Schryver says …

I have newly diagnosed egg and dairy allergies, so somtimes eating on the go can be a challenge! I took a Spelt Right Everything Emma Bagel, toasted it and topped with Amy's Texas Veggie Burger, avacado slices, romaine lettuce. Place on plate with fresh baby carrots and finish with delish fresh cherries! Yum! This was a lunch last week that happened to capture my imagination... Happy to furnish a photo if I win!

Julianne says …

Roasted red pepper hummus with whole wheat grain water crackers and creamed spinach. Yummy!

Jim Hayes says …

My packed lunch would include a hot turkey sandwich, with cranberries, watermelon, strawberries, baby carrots and a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.

Alexa Zerkow says …

A picture perfect lunch for me would include the following: A sandwich consisting of two slices of sour dough whole wheat bread with albacore tune lightly tossed in extra virgin olive oil and an array of herbs, a slice of swiss, romaine lettuce, and a juicy slice of tomato from my grandpa's garden. My side would be sliced fresh red bell pepper with a bit of garlic hummus and to satisfy my sweet tooth, a handful of fresh berries(raspberries- my favorite -a must!). And maybe a square of 85% dark chocolate...scrumdidiliumpscious!

Betsey says …

We're trying to cut back on processed foods and meats, but my husband never would eat turkey sandwiches, as he said it has no flavor. So we started buying whole turkey breasts and grilling them on the weekend. It makes incredible sandwiches all week...fix on whole grain bread (preferably Whole Foods sprouted wheat!!) with some avocado slices. Yummy!! I put frozen edemame in a reuseable container and they are thawed by lunchtime. Add whatever friut or veg is in season...those ziplock steam bags work great to steam veggies in the micro.

Anna Chumakova says …

I love thai/asian cuisine for a nice kick and a whole fountain of flavor..My favourite are fresh spring rolls that I managed to learn to prepare myself..Basically i wrap any veggies that i have(usually cucumbers, mint, carrots, cilantro, avocado) in rice paper and mix a dipping sauce in a blender with soy sauce, garlic, lemon, salt, black pepper, olive oil or tahini...it super fast and fresh and crunchy...healthy but super flavorfull!!! Sometimes if i am short on time even more i will use nori sheets instead of rice paper...even faster! and no need for sauce in this case as nori already salty..

Sarah Dore says …

For our two girls who are busy at summer camp, we invested in two reusable lunch box containers to keep food cool and organized. They were expensive but it was a solid purchase we've used every day. I trick them with whole grain bread that "looks white" with homemade strawberry jelly and peanut butter. The reusable containers get a handful of pretzles and a handful of loose fruit (blueberries/strawberries/grapes or cut up kiwi). The top compartment gets a yogurt, a cheese stick, another fruit, whole wheat crackers and an Honest Kids juice box. We're trying to work together as a family to reduce waste and excess cost, so i'm happy when the kids eat everything (smaller compartments are perfect for kid bellies!) and they are proud of reusing (their lunchbox), reducing (their waste) and recycling (the limited trash they have!) As a busy working mom it's really important that we shop and eat smart!

Simi Walker says …

Thanksgiving sandwich smoked honey turkey on whole grain wheat (or substitute udi's gluten free whole grain) w/olive oil mayonnaise dijon mustard dried cranberries arugula tomatoes sides sliced apples w/a squeeze of lemon juice to keep them preserved until lunchtime and for a little kick to the flavor. plain yogurt w/crushed peanuts, raisins, and honey. I would drink water with lunch or a 365 ginger ale is always good for a little bubble and real ginger.

Jessica Blair says …

My kiddos take organic peanut butter and (local) honey sandwiches on whole grain bread, edamame, strawberries and veggie chips. Water or fruit juice to drink. At my preschool, we require that the kids bring their own "brownbag" lunch so th...at the other children can see a variety of healthy choices with the goal being that they will want to try them too. All of the children bring great healthy food. We even count and make a list of all the healthy items brought everyday (fruits, veggies, grains, etc). We look for "everyday foods" and "sometime foods." We all look forward to lunch time! See More

cyndee tokash says …

i made torellini salad with fresh cheese tortellini, grape tomatoes, black olives, green peppers, fresh mozarella, basil and a balsamic dressing. i had some raw carrots, an apple and ginseng tea. yum!

Leashieloo says …

An Italian marinated chicken breast tucked into a whole wheat wrap with lettuce, sprouts, and veggies paired with apple slices drizzled with PB is a delish lunch.

Heidi Jameson says …

My daughter who is almost 12 and I love to get creative with our brown bags. One of our favorite lunches is a roasted veggie and cheese wrap (whole wheat wrap, spread with a wedge of Laughing Cow chees, then layered with organic salad greens, pepper jack chees, black beans and broiled kernels of corn and green and red peppers - and whatever other veggies that work roasted that are in season in our garden), and a homemade yogurt parfait - fresh berries (or peaches if they are really ripe and juicy), layered with a little granola and fat-free plain organic yogurt.

Carol Ruano-Rodriguez says …

Tomato Basil wrap with four precooked strips of foster farms grilled chicken strips, on a bed of baby greens fresh basil and sprinkle with feta cheese, throw on some fresh sun dried tomatoes, a spoon of light sour cream...there youve got it a healthly cool yummi balanced lunch...enjoy

Nanette says …

Today I had a hearty portion of black bean-shoepeg corn-jalapeno-onion-tomato salsa with fresh cilantro...delish! And its so easy to make! Used flax soy tortilla chips as well....so delish and healthy carb...as well as adding an interesting texture to the meal! Topped that off with some fresh fruit salad of watermelon, orange, grapes and cherries. and water of course!

Denise says …

My own healthy invention of a lunch includes a sushi nori (veg) wrapped in chicken, 2 hard boil egg whites and flax granola bites (my favorite is oatmeal raisin from Deerfield Farms). This contains 1300 mg ALA Omega-3's, made with 100% whole grains, low in saturated fat and low in cholesterol. My personal trainer introduced me to these yummy treats. They are best eaten right after working out. Oh yes, and for desert a ripe peach which is perfect for the summer season!

Rick says …

Todays fare will be...A generous portion of gogo rice with steamed orange cauliflower and broccoli...The topped with a smoked chicken thigh ..... All washed down with a cocnut juice... mmmm Ono!!

Corrine Weber says …

This would be great for the kids or the parents. I make a wrap with turkey, grated cheese (I like Jalapeno), spinach, 365 light mayo on a wheat wrap or other flavored wrap.(Make it interesting). Add to the lunch bag your choice: Applesauce cup/ Fresh fruit in season Baby Carrots and or Celery with dressing/dip Coleslaw or Broccoli Slaw or Carrot Salad Trail mix / dried fruit Granola cookie or muffin Pumpkin seeds / sunflower seeds etc. Green tea Just remember to keep items cold with and ice pack

Christine says …

Whole wheat tortilla or lavash bread (whatever I have in the cupboard), mustard (love raspberry wasabi!), baby spinach leaves, thinly sliced tomato, slice or two of deli turkey meat, diced onion, then wrap it up! Add some baby carrots and a Fiber One bar if you have a sweet tooth or for a quick afternoon snack and there ya go!

Lindsey says …

Salad and a beer! Every single day.

Deborah says …

The yummiest sandwich ever-- whole grain bread, thin-sliced havarti cheese, thin-sliced avocado, and alfalfa sprouts-- with an apple or plum for dessert. The filling sandwich satisfyingly offers both smooth and crunchy textures, and the dessert fruit makes the mouth feel so fresh afterwards.

Alexis says …

I would pack a salad full of field greens, carrots, onions, green peppers, blueberries, strawberries, and mandarin oarnges with frilled chicken on top splashed with a low calorie rasberry vinagrette. It would also be accompanied with a slice of whole grain bread.

Darsh says …

this is my favorite leftover healthy lunch: brown rice with black beans (in a glass, heatable container), topped with natural mild cheddar cheese. Plus...a salad of romaine/spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes that I toss onto the beans and rice after its warmed. Its so yummy!

Joe Dotson says …

Lunch: no time for breakfast beyond a power smoothie. Make ahead of time and enjoy anytime. Buckwheat griddle cakes with bananas, chocolate chips, and pan toasted crushed walnuts topped off with dark raw agave. Serve also with a combo of mixed potatoe home fries (red, yukon, and sweet potatoes, tossed with slivered onions and crushed garlic seasoned with herbs fresh or dried, tossed in olive oil and baked at 425 for 15-25 minutes follwed by broil for 3 minutes to blister potatoes, if desired. serve with iced coffee with almond milk. A favorite Sunday item when everyone rolls out of bed at around noon! Protien: walnuts/almond milk Whole grain: buckwheat pancake mix from Arrowhead Mills Fruit: bananas Vegetables: mixed potatoes, onions and garlic

Kim says …

Sprouted organic bread, organic peanut butter and naturally sweetened all fruit jelly. Can't beat a classic! :)

Marissa Crupi says …

Used leftover oven "baked" breaded eggplant topped it with baby spinach leaves, roasted peppers, shredded mozzarella then drizzled with balsamic vinegar on a whole wheat bagel thin. I then popped it on my paninni grill 3 min each side and got it all squishhhed together. Wrapped it in foil & put in an insulated bag. Stayed warm all day and was perfectly mm~melted & delectably DDD-licous!! YUM! :)

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