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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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Wayne S says …

A can of cold Amy's organic lentil soup, a piece of aged gouda cheese, a slice of organic rye bread, a purple heirloom tomato, a fresh santa rosa plum. Pure nutritional heaven!

Julie Campbell says …

Chicken salad with onions, avacado, and spinach on multigrain bread with some watermelon for dessert.

Heather A says …

Today I packed a nutriious veggie wrap: match-stick carrots/cucumber with mashed avocado + sea salt, added a creamy cashew dressing (soak some cashews for like an hour or two and toss into food processor with a little water from the cashews and 1 t milled flax) added black bean & corn salsa on top. Rolled into romaine wraps. Sounds like a lot of work, but I just did it when I was making dinner last night ;) Brought some fresh fruit along as well for snacks.

Sandy F says …

One of the best lunches I have ever had was a roll-up PB & J sandwich with a twist. Start with a square lavash bread. Spread on peanut butter and your favorite flavor of jelly, add bananas, shredded carrots, bean sprouts and sprinkle with currants or raisins. YUM!! Don't knock it, til you try it. Of course, have some organic lemonade on the side to wash it down with.

Sundie Garrison says …

Ezekiel Pita bread used as my pizza dough. I spread my homeade garden tomato sauce on the bread then top with organic mushrooms, peppers, onions and grilled chicken breast then I top that off with some low fat mozzarella cheese. These can be baked and then warmed up later in the microwave or eaten cold in a pinch. I also have a side of organic Braeburn apple slices and a few organic walnuts. This pizza taste better than any pizza place.

whitney says …

A lunch for school would be an almond butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat multigrain bread with some baby carrots and blueberries on the side and an organic lowfat milk carton to drink!

Sara says …

I enjoy making a single-egg salad (one hard-boiled egg, teensy bit of mayo, some vinegar from a jar of pepperoncini peppers, cayenne pepper, and dill) and having it on a piece of wheat toast. I'll have it with a mixed greens salad and grapes or a banana. Easy to pack and yummy to eat!

Karen Palmer says …

brown rice (prepared in bulk on Sunday for other uses) edamame tuna (ideally, fresh steak) olive oil Braggs serve: as is’ from a bowl in a wrap on top of a bed of baby spinach piece of fresh fruit lots of water! YUMMY!

Cherise says …

Whole Foods Whole Wheat Tortilla filled with the following: 1. Either spread -- hummus or tahini 2. Add mashed avocado 3. Steamed squash and zuchinni chopped 4. Cheese slice 5. Slice of the Rosemary Lemon Turkey from the deli Roll and serve...this is a good way to "hide" vegetables for kids &/or adults. As a side dish -- plain yogurt with sliced fruit (i.e. strawberries & blueberries) with 1 TSP of Agave Nectar. Thank you, Cherise

Timan Goshit says …

Canned salmon sautéed with onions, tomatoes and garlic, over whole wheat pasta (lightly oiled with olive oil). Cantaloupe slices, mixed in diluted lemon juice and mint for a nice kick. Simple yet energizing and delicious!

Bridget Mulhern says …

Greek yogurt with fresh berries: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon! Yummy! Low carb tortilla, nitrate free turkey slices, spicy mustard, fresh spinach and tomato slices. Enjoy!

Leslie Murphy says …

I would have a whole grain English Muffin with hummus spread on both sides. On one side, I would layer tomatoes and on the other side I would layer cucumbers for that extra crunch. For my side, I would have a fresh red apple.

Sara Mooney says …

If you have access to a microwave at work, I have two words for you: Crock pot. Over the summer it keeps the heat down while cooking in the kitchen, and it always makes enough so that you can prepare multiple lunches. Put it in before bed at night and by morning you have a healthy, hot meal. My favorite? Herb-roasted chicken. Great both warm and cold for lunches, and can be easily transported in reusable containers. Personally, I use glass containers because of their washing durability and ability to resist stains. Just make sure to take a towel so that you don't burn yourself when removing the item from the microwave!

Cece says …

Tomato, cucumber, mozzarella, fresh basil, a pinch of dressing. 1/2 cup raw almonds Strawberry banana smoothie yummy!

Stacy Banes says …

I like packing a turkey whole grain tortilla roll up. Roll up has turkey, sliced almonds, lettuce, tomato, omega 2 salad dressing. I had the new york cheddar chips, grapes, strawberries or an apple. I am learning to eat better. I love shopping @ whole foods because offer something different than other places.

Kathy says …

Wheatberry chicken salad(wheatberries, green and yellow split peas,diced onion and carrot and cooked chicken, mix with mayo and dijon mustard, in lettuce wraps. Whatever fruit is in season.

Luisana Landa says …

Grilled chicken stuffed with roasted bell peppers, mozzarella, and fresh pesto. I make the pesto with home grown garlic and basil as well as organic olive oil. Served with peaches drizzled with honey and Chia seeds mixed with water and organic sugar to drink.

Annette Laguerre says …

My husband's lunch today was a blue cheese burger on whole grain bun topped with garden fresh tomato slices, lettuce, and sliced avocado. No condiments required.

Karen Palmer says …

brown rice edamame tuna (ideally, fresh steak) olive oil Braggs served 'as is' from a bowl, in a wrap or on top of a bed of baby spinach

Elizabeth Verzo says …

My new favorite lunch is a turkey burger with Romaine lettuce, Roma tomatoes, and pepper jack cheese. I pack homemade sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli, and fruit salad for my sides.

Tracy Mueller says …

My lunch today fits the bill! Chicken tostada mix (chicken with red bell peppers, onions and corn in a roasted green chile sauce) on toasted whole wheat bread. Grapes on the side instead of chips. To drink: fruity smoothie with blueberries, banana, pluot, OJ and non-fat milk. Yum!

Ashley Lauren says …

Finely chopped grilled chicken mixed with golden raisins, curry powder and plain nonfat Greek yogurt all served in a whole wheat pita (homemade curry chicken salad), with a side of plain or cocoa roasted almonds, frozen grapes or watermelon cubes (so good!) and baby carrots with hummus.

Cathy Brosius says …

Veggie Pocket: Sliced whole wheat pita, spread inside with hummus, stuff with tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumber slices and a few leaves of lettuce. Add some cantalope cubes. Filling, low cal and low fat!

Erica M says …

Mmmm, lunch! An easy to pack and healthy lunch for me would be a sandwich of cucumber, tomato, and hummus on sprouted barley bread, with a side of carrot sticks or flax seed tortilla chips, and some fresh lemonade. (just moved to a house with a lemon tree, so we have loads!!)

Ava Romero says …

Mackenzie's Vegan pumpkin muffins 3 ½ cups flour 2 tsp baking sda 3 cups sugar 1 ½ tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground ginger mix dry ingredients and add: 1 cup oil 4 eggs or vegan egg replacement or bananas 2/3 cup water 2 cup pumpkin grease pan with vegetable oil and sprinkle lightly with flour. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. these are super great for kids lunchbox, its healthy and yummy!

Barb says …

BBQ chicken & red cabbage slaw. Mix cooked chicken breast (rotisserie chicken) cut into pieces -- add your favorite BBQ sauce and mix well. Take a 1/2 head of red cabbage and chop it well. Add a handful of chopped fresh cilantro & add 2 TB of Newman's Own sesame-ginger dressing. Mix it up. Serve with whole wheat pita chips or gluten-free rice crackers. You've got it all - sweet, crunch, savory & balanced to boot! Yum.

Paula Baron says …

My favorite lunch would be some rotini pasta, sundried tomatoes cut up in small pieces. A handful of pignoli nuts, chopped fresh tomatoes, and cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Lots of herbs and spices, especially garlic. Saute' on the stove for a few minutes. Accompanied by a slice or 2 of good Italian Bread. It's delicious!!! Bon Appetit!

Rachelle Martin says …

Low-fat orange curry chicken salad with a side of fruit is always a lunch time favorite.

Jill says …

Husbands lunch for tomorrow - Chicken Gumbo Soup, whole wheat crackers, strawberry yogurt, cantaloupe & Kashi oatmeal cookie.

Jack Quick says …

Boneless chicken breast sauteed and then slow cooked with marinara sauce, garlic, onion and green peppers. When almost done add chopped zucchini and more green peppers. Serve over brown rice, top with grated parmesan cheese. When I take this to work and toss in the microwave I attract a large crowd every time.

Christine S says …

For lunch at work - power miso soup with wakame, tofu, boiled egg, green onion, leftover brown rice, and any other left over veggies. Piece of fruit for dessert.

Ivana Lewis says …

Have you ever been to avocado heaven on your lunch break... well, I have. I make creamy organic guacamole slathered inside an organic sprouted tortilla. Then I add onions, salad greens, tomatoes, spices, and some shredded breast from whole foods yummy rotisserie chicken. These fajitas are a great, quick lunch any time I am on the go and always delight me ... this is pure bliss.

Auroragold says …

All time favorite in our household Tortellini salad. Cooked tortellini (we like simple cheese filled), chilled and tossed with a favorite dressing (we just use a vinaigrette). Tossed with broccoli, carrots (I lightly steam each first) and chunked chicken breast. If tomatoes are handy, they get put into the mix as well!

Jessica says …

Grilled vegs (zucchini, peppers, eggplant, portobello) in a wrap with homemade hummus is a good one, just grill extra veggies anytime you fire up the grill. Also love orzo salad mixed with greek olives, feta, cucumber and tomato.

Maureen Davis says …

This isn't low fat, but it is delicious. Slice a couple of slices of an onion and saute it in a frying pan for a couple of minutes, throw a couple of slices of that delicious roast beef from the deli counter on top and let it cook a minute or two then put a slice of fresh mozzerella on top of everything and let the cheese melt a little. Spread a little mayo on one of those fabulous Portugese rolls from the bakery. Scoop up the onion, roast beef and cheese and put it on the roll. Wrap it in wax paper. At lunch time, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to remelt the cheese. Everyone in your office will come to your cubicle to see what smells so good. If you are still hungry after this, have an apple.

Ivy says …

Tomato slices on whole wheat bread with a smear of mayonnaise and black pepper. Get the tomatoes from the farmers market, they are the best - meaty and wholesome!

Alexandra Shepherd says …

Tofurky Sandwich with Avocado and Sprouts Sprouted Rye Bread Veganaise Tofurky Romaine Lettuce Slices of Avocado Sprouts

Patti at Worth The Whisk says …

When I was in college in San Diego, California, I studied nutrition. This sandwich was on the menu of practically every casual restaurant back then, and I recently "revisited" it: toasted whole wheat bread, Monterey Jack cheese, Hollywood Safflower mayonnaise, alfalfa sprouts and "Spike" seasoning. Still yummy and wholesome today. In fact, I blogged about it here: http://worththewhisk.com/2010/07/26/simple-san-diego-sandwich/

Sandy Blender says …

For Lunch: Peanut Butter with layers of fresh sliced strawberries on multigrain bread. One glass of lemon and lime infused water Sliced melon with sprinkles of walnuts.

Diana Peters says …

Vegetarian Special:Meat sauce pasta. I buy the Lifelight "fake" imitation meat (near the tofu section at WF) and saute it with onions for about 10 minutes. Then, I pour pasta sauce in there and saute for another few minutes. I pour that mixture into any pasta (rigatoni works well), sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and we have a delicious, healthy lunch. Taste great cold too! Wonderful for a few days worth of lunch.

Sue Philbin says …

Assorted fruit, cantoloupe,pear & peach, topped with low fat yogurt, sprinkle on cinnamon and then sprinkle bran buds on top right before eating. Very refreshing in hot summer months. Filling with over 20grams of fiber from the whole meal.

Jo says …

My favorite is a BOLT sandwich. Bacon (turkey), Onion (red), Lettuce, and Tomato with a little light mayo on flax bread and a bunch of grapes on the side.

Christine Diepenbrock says …

Couscous salad! Ingredients: whole-wheat couscous, bean of your choice (I like garbanzo,) chopped kale, blueberries, diced apples, sliced or slivered almonds, steamed zucchini/squash spiced to taste [suggestion: cumin, turmeric, basil, oregano,] and a bit of lemon juice. Enjoy!

Patrick Driscoll says …

You cannot go wrong with a Wrap! Whole wheat wrap with baby spinach as the first layer. Then go nuts with Veggies. Red pepper, mushroom, red onion, tomato, & cucumber. A little bit of shredded cheese & sliced chicken. For sides some low fat yogurt(peach is awesome) a half cup of unsalted pistachio's & if you have the room for it an apple a day! Add or subtract to make Vegetarian or Vegan.

christine says …

ALT (Avocado, lettuce, tomato on oatmeal bread with champagne mustard) Pretzel sticks with hummus dip Dark chocolate covered almonds Raspberry lemonade

becky says …

whole grain bread with all natural peanut butter, slice fresh apples, sprinkle with raisins. fruit that is in season with fresh sparkling water or tea.

Susan Blumenthal says …

Favorite filling lunch includes a sandwich (Applegate Farms turkey breast, schmear of Smart Balance mayo, whole wheat bread, tomato slices, and spouts), greek yogurt, and an apple or carrots. Simple and easy.

Barbara Bibel says …

Baby carrots, avocado lettuce tomato low-fat Jarlsburg sandwich on wholegrain baguette, peach, non-fat milk, homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

Sandie D. says …

No matter what my lunch consists of the 3 out of the 5 items on the Daily Nutrition Chart. You known the nutrition chart the teacher taught us in middle school but the reverse where Veggies are on top and lesser things like sweets are on the bottom. It's important to incorporate greens in every meal because they are the most nutritious. My lunch consists of a sandwich made with rye bread, heirloom tomatoes, swiss cheese and veganaise. For my "sweets" I usually indulge in some peaches or muscadine grapes. Finally, because you must keep your palate quenched I top it off with some Lemonade.

kelly says …

turkey sandwich with cucumbers and hommus on whole wheat bread. sliced mango & another fruit or veggie (banana, apple, sliced bell peppers) on the side.

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