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The Whole Deal Pack-a-Lunch Contest

By Value Guru, August 1, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru
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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Carmen Payton says ...
Slice of Turkey and low fat cheese, light mayo, on whole wheat bread with a slice of lettace and tomato. Red Grapes on the side to satisfy your sweet tooth.
08/01/2010 5:38:09 AM CDT
Evan Thomas says ...
I would pack honey lime grilled chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces, a sweet brown rice salad made with apple juice, apple chunks and cinnamon, and a serving of baby carrots, since those are my favorite veggie to munch on. It's hard packing to eat on the go around hear with dairy and gluten allergies but there's always a way.
08/01/2010 7:49:06 AM CDT
Elizabeth P. says ...
My favorite take-along lunch is my homemade chicken salad on a croissant, a fresh fruit mix (berries, kiwi, and orange pieces... yum!), and semi-sweet iced tea. Now I'm hungry. :)
08/01/2010 9:23:15 AM CDT
Cherie Doughtie says ...
School Lunch: Organic chicken, grape and walnut salad sandwich on whole wheat bread cut in 2 triangles, edamame, organic milk box, napkin, ice pack, and a love note from mom.
08/01/2010 10:54:05 AM CDT
Lisa Rodriguez says ...
I love leftovers, but here is another idea. Pasta (I like whole what pasta, or brown rice pasta) with broccoli, cherry tomatoes cut in half, some feta cheese and/or some roast chicken, black olives (brine or oil, not canned, more flavor!), a simple homemade or good quality dressing - mixed up the night before and delicious hot or cold! After lunch a bowl of raspberries and a tiny piece of dark chocolate or a handful of dried fruit and nuts satisfies my sweet craving perfectly. Bon appetit!
08/01/2010 10:55:44 AM CDT
PJ Rosen says ...
I never let my children eat at the cafeteria at school. The choices there are SO unhealthy. A sample school lunch for my 6 and 8 year old is, brown rice sushi (cucumber, carrot and cream cheese) with pickled ginger (they LOVE the ginger), heated edamame with sea salt in their thermos', sliced fuji apples and ice water to drink. This is one of their favorite lunch box meals :)
08/01/2010 10:59:10 AM CDT
Nadyne says ...
Tomorrow's lunch is brown rice and baigan bharta (roasted eggplant, which is then mashed and mixed with spices, tomatoes, and peas). I made a big pot of baigan bharta yesterday, and froze it in single-serve packages for lunches to take to the office. I'll add a piece or two of fruit for a snack after I do my shopping later today.
08/01/2010 11:08:58 AM CDT
Michele Dinsmore says ...
Packing lunch for my gluten intolerant son can be a challenge because he is also a very finicky eater. During the week, I try to cook and pack up extra servings from dinner, but inevitably, by the end of the week, we've exhausted both our leftovers and our loaf of gluten-free bread, so I need to be creative. I've learned to keep whole grain corn tortillas handy in the freezer because they take only a few minutes to defrost. I spread refried beans on one and put a slice of cheese on the other and stick both in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Once the cheese is melted, I put them together and he has a quesadilla. They're good hot or cold. He enjoys them with apple slices or grapes, cucumber spears, and a Silk chocolate soy milk.
08/01/2010 11:10:44 AM CDT
Ron Wall says ...
My local Walmart sells their rotisserie chickens off at the Rotisserie chicken is amazing & low fat. I only eat whole wheat or multigrain bread & love to swap up my toppings for a little variety. Next time you are slapping a sandwhich together try slicing up a nice big strawberry to take the place of the tomatoe. It adds a zesty kick & its not overpowering. Also, I never use soimple iceberg lettuce. Stick to something packed with nutrients like fresh spinach or even grill up some sliced zuccini for a change. Don't forget to toss some onions on the grill for that mice sweet zing & finish with some cracked pepper. If plain old mustard ain't doing it for yah anymore try some peanut butter. Lots of protein & I actually feel full afterwards. Another alternative can be your preferred salad dressing. Just pour a few drops of your fave on one slice of your heavenly concoction & go to town*
08/01/2010 11:29:07 AM CDT
Ashlei says ...
Tomato, basil, mozzarella sandwich on whole grain sprouted bread, with a hardboiled egg or two, roasted red pepper soup, and fresh cherries with dark chocolate chips for dessert.
08/01/2010 11:30:37 AM CDT
Jessica says ...
For a quick packed lunch I love raw veggies with white bean pesto, a gluten free flaxseed muffin and low fat yogurt with bakery on main granola and fresh raspberries.
08/01/2010 12:29:38 PM CDT
Wins says ...
Easy favorites (all with some sea salt and freshly ground pepper): 1) roasted beets, blue cheese, toasted walnuts, golden raisins, wheat berries and walnut oil; 2) cooked shrimp, mango, avocado, cherry tomatoes, whole wheat couscous, diced jalapeno and lime juice; and 3) steamed string beans, feta cheese, bulghur, dried apricots, and almond oil.
08/01/2010 12:38:16 PM CDT
Katie K says ...
I’m having a whole wheat pasta salad which chicken, red onion, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumber (tomatoes & cucumbers are fruit!), mozzarella cheese, and basil with a lemon vinaigrette over the top. I make a big batch on Sunday, and then am able to enjoy it for lunch a few days in the following week.
08/01/2010 1:41:11 PM CDT
sara says ...
This is my favorite lunch to pack for my 5 kids! A whole wheat wrap filled with sliced cheese, mustard, a bit of spinach and sliced tomato. Also a fruit salad kabob on the side. For dessert a homemade carrot quinoa muffin! And a reusable water bottle to drink. Thanks Sara
08/01/2010 1:45:21 PM CDT
Inas says ...
I recommend a healthy falafel sandwich (falafel patties made from chick peas) on wholewheat pita bread, with a side of grilled corn on the cob, and seedless watermelon for dessert.
08/01/2010 1:47:45 PM CDT
Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) says ...
For lunch next week I'll be packing Indian food! I made Chana Masala (chickpeas swimming in a spiced tomato sauce) and cumin-scented roasted cauliflower, which I'm eating with some whole wheat flat bread and whole wheat cauliflower roti.
08/01/2010 3:41:56 PM CDT
Lori says ...
Lunch for my boys at school: Whole wheat pasta with parmasean cheese and olive oil in a thermos. Small salad in a reusable container with an individual serving of salad dressing in another small container (small enough to fit into the same container as the salad---better protection from spills.) Carrot sticks and watermelon chunks.
08/01/2010 3:43:20 PM CDT
Rachel Weidt says ...
I love to pack my own lunch for school! It's healthy and cheaper than paying for the processed meals my school offers. One of my favorite lunches to bring would be a spice rubbed grilled chicken pita topped with fresh spinach and a little bit of seasoned greek yogurt using the same seasoning mixture from the chicken (salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, and a little cumin normally does the trick). Then I serve it with a reusable container filled with leftover spaghetti squash from the night before toped with my favorite all-natural corn and black bean salsa. A fresh apple makes for a nice burst of freshness and sweetness to finish off the meal. As for a beverage I normally take a reusable water bottle yet, sometimes I'll make my own iced green tea and pack that in an old jar for transport:).
08/01/2010 3:49:06 PM CDT
Michael says ...
One of my favorite lunches! Peanut butter and jam on whole grain bread....I sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seed over the peanut butter for extra goodness. Several kiwis sliced in a container, an apple and carrot sticks. Got to have milk with the p & j, so I usually include a container of Horizon milk.
08/01/2010 3:50:57 PM CDT
Jessica says ...
Leftover chickpea and quinoa salad with salsa, cucumber, celery over a bed of spinach greens. Topped with a handful a raisins and sunflower seeds. A nice ripe peach and a bottle of home brewed mixed teas. For a treat a homemade chocolate cherry cookie that's made with almond butter for lower fat (only 2 Tbsp in a whole batch). Super yummy and healthy too.
08/01/2010 4:02:37 PM CDT
Tania says ...
I love doing one of two lunches for lunch: 1. Kale Wraps. Basil sweet potatoes and brown lentils and quinoa wrapped with kale. 2. Yummy-itas. Chopped red pepper, quinoa, black beans, seaweed, lime juice, feta cheese and tomatos stuffed in a whole grain pita.
08/01/2010 4:46:02 PM CDT
Tricia Brown says ...
This week I plan on having brown rice and BBQ chicken along with fruit punch and watermelon.
08/01/2010 5:25:38 PM CDT
Bonnie Kamel says ...
I'm a vegetarian and Weight Watcher, and cannot heat up my food at work. My standard bag consists of whole wheat bread sandwich filled with different vegies (red boston lettuce, olives, sliced tomatoes, and cheese, a bag of usually 2 vegies, like orange pepper and cukecumber or black olives, and fruit. My later snack is usually pretzels with raisins or similar combination. I also use the vegie meats I buy at Whole foods for sandwiches Thanks for all the ideas.
08/01/2010 5:36:46 PM CDT
Alisa - Go Dairy Free says ...
My go-to lunch is a big homemade salad, because it keeps me going! A huge pile of greens (I use the organic romaine hearts and add in whatever greens came in my CSA), shredded carrots, 1/4 to a 1/2 of an avocado diced, 1/2 can of tuna packed in oil (sustainable of course!), homemade honey mustard dressing, and whatever veggies came in my CSA or were local and on special at Whole Foods. This week, that means Armenian cucumbers and green onions! I alternative the tuna and dressing with roasted chicken breast and a homemade Asian maple-peanut dressing.
08/01/2010 5:48:19 PM CDT
Stephani says ...
Multigrain sandwich flat w/ local Pineland Baby Swiss, yellow mustard, sprouts, red pepper, onion and baby spinach! Oh, and I would never forget my carrot sticks & pink lady apple! Yum!
08/01/2010 5:50:16 PM CDT

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