Eating healthy on route is not too complicated. I Usually pack a small cooler with an apple or two, a bag of baby carrots, a yogurt smoothie (Stonyfield Farms makes the best ones), and a sandwich (generally sliced turkey, swiss, and mustard on whole grain bread). I keep it cool with a bottle of frozen water that doubles as a nice cold drink in the afternoon.
Keep KOOL-AID BURSTS Soft Drinks, CAPRI SUN Juice Drink and other juice drink boxes in the freezer. Take them out in the morning and put in lunchboxes. They will be thawed out in time for lunch and will help keep other food cold.
Spread peanut butter or flavored cream cheese on a rice cake. Top with
raisins, or pretzels..
Pack a banana. Put peanut butter in a small container to spread on later
Core and apple, stuff it with peanut butter, and wrap in foil.
Make a pizza roll using a tortilla. Cover with tomato sauce, grated
cheese, and anything else you like. Then roll up tightly.
Crispy chicken salad
This protein-packed lunch includes chicken salad in a pita (made crunchier
and yummier with shredded carrot and potato chips), celery sticks with
low-fat cream cheese, cantaloupe wedges (just a cup provides a day's worth
of vitamins A and C), a fruit-roll treat, and strawberry-flavored milk.
In a flour tortilla, roll up turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato, then add
sides of raisins, pepper strips (which are full of vitamin C), a
crisped-rice cereal treat (which gets a nutritional boost from the
vitamin-fortified cereal), and protein-packed low-fat milk.
Pair peanut butter with bananas (rather than jelly, which lacks the
potassium, fiber, and vitamins bananas provide) on whole-wheat bread, and
add cherry tomatoes, orange slices (which burst with vitamin C), caramel
rice cakes (a good fat-free snack), and low-fat milk.
Sandwich bologna and American cheese on rye bread (with mustard, which has
no fat, rather than high-fat mayonnaise). Then add easy-to-eat baby
carrots (a great source of vitamin A), vitamin C-packed kiwi and nectarine
slices, low- fat granola bar (a better choice than a higher-fat candy
bar), and calcium- rich low-fat milk.
Moreluck, you should go into a business of packing lunches, I wish you packed mine!! Call it the lunch club, you could make a million....send them out prepackaged, to people who dont take the time to pack their own. Cha ching!
Sounds like a great idea tooner.....AND a lot of work. I'm not into work anymore. I'm always looking for enjoyment and relaxation. I won't even join a bowling league because I'm not into committment.....as in showing up on time and such. Retirement has made me very lazy and happy.
1 question for those of you who bring your lunch? where do you eat it and if you set in your truck and eat it on the side of the road what else is there to do to kill an hour. i eat at a truck stop and i am usually finished in about 15 minutes so me and the guy who runs the route by mine just set there and talk for the other 45 minutes. i cant imagine just setting somewhere alone for a whole hour.
I bought lunches when I first started, but soon found parking to be a problem. I also learned that the route was often too heavy to go into a place and stand in line, then go eat. I started taking a sandwich and a thermos and just found a shady spot to pull over and eat for 10 minutes. This saved me time and money, and always enabled me to get the work done. I always would stop later in the day or evening and take whatever breaktime I still had coming. I often ate dinner while on overtime at one of the many restaurants in the area I worked. This saved me the hassle of fixing anything when I reached home.
My old standby for the last forty years has been a balony sandwich, banana, and something sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth. Get something cold to drink at the local convenience store alng with a paper and catch up on the news. It's not healthy but it's easy. I do use light bread now and only one sandwich instead of two...or three! And I'm down to a fat free pudding instead of half a bag of Chips Ahoy and the drink is usually diet, even though my chiropractor says the sweetener is corrupting what few brain cells I have left. On a long day, I grab a 3 Muskateer with 40% LESS FAT to get me through til 7:30/8:00!
As for the hour lunch, we only get 1/2 hour. Why would anyone want a whole hour for lunch. Just gets you home a 1/2 hour later.
One peanut butter sandwich,and one chedder cheese preferably on light rye or cracked wheat and a baggie with either or lettuce,pickles,
radihes or celery.Pasta is excellent reheated on the old p800 heater,trick is to add about 3 tablespoons of water to it before you heat it.
Put it on about 11:00AM ready by 13:00PM
I have got it made here.... My hubby makes my lunch everyday so it's alway a surprise at lunch time...
Now I know what you men are thinking.... He is not whipped (well maybe some) but, I have the kids to get dressed and teeth/hair done and shoes to get on the correct foot.
But, the funny part of all of this he had the choice to what he wanted to do and picked making our lunch and now my 5yr old is getting ready all by himself. So that leave me with only one to really help. My good - his bad and I'm not trading back ever.
LIFE IS GOOD....