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05.20.11
 

We've all been there: The Not-So-Lunch-Friendly Workplace/School Setting/Other Midday Environment. No fridge, no microwave, nothing. Here are some items that are perfect for assembling the ultimate bagged lunch!

 
  Sandwich Goodies!

Some newish items we love for lunchtime chewin'...

Tumaro's Gourmet Tortillas New York Deli Style Wraps
PER SERVING (1 wrap): 80 - 100 calories, 2 - 2.5g fat, 230 - 430mg sodium, 17 - 21g carbs, 9 - 12g fiber, 1g sugars, 5 - 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*

Low-calorie wraps that taste like high-calorie bread items? It's the truth! If you long for bagel flavor, try the Everything version; caraway-lovers can indulge in both Rye and Pumpernickel. The Sour Dough wraps are ideal for those oglers of doughy rolls, and fans of fresh pepper will FLIP for the Cracked Pepper variety. YUM!

Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats
PER SERVING (2 oz.): 60 - 70 calories, 1 - 2g fat, 480 - 560mg sodium, 0 - 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 12 - 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*

Here's some deli-style meat we can really sink our teeth into. These lunchmeats are cut nice 'n thick and come in a bunch of home-style varieties. Think Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Slow Cooked Ham, Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, and Slow Roasted Roast Beef. Almost as good as if you cooked and sliced it yourself... almost. Just toss an ice pack in your lunch bag, and you are good to go!

StarKist Pouches of Low Sodium Albacore White Tuna in Water

PER SERVING (one 2.6-oz. pouch): 90 calories, 1g fat, 70mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 21g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

The quality albacore we love, packaged in water (another thing we love), in an easy-to-open, no-drain pouch (which we can't help but love too)! AND it's low in sodium?! Charlie the Tuna, we know you're a fish and don't have arms, but you're getting a hug! Okay, fine... We'll settle for stocking up on these tuna packets...

Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo: Horseradish-Dijon, Chipotle, and Garlic & Herb

PER SERVING (1 tbsp.): 40 calories, 3.5 - 4g fat, 100 - 120mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, <1 - 1g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

Fancy sandwiches can be tempting, especially when they're slathered with flavorful spreads. Here's a way to pack that appeal into your own lunch without breaking the calorie bank -- these light squeezable mayos ROCK. But skip the Hot & Spicy -- it's inexplicably much higher in calories and fat.


For more sandwich-making picks, click here!

 
  Something on the Side

Because your sammich needs a little friend!

Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Simply Cheddar Cracker Chips
PER SERVING (27 pieces): 130 calories, 3.5g fat, 250mg sodium, 24g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

If it's crispy, cheesy things you crave alongside your sandwich, we submit these crisps for your consideration. They're like super-svelte Wheat Thins, dusted with mild and wonderful cheese powder. And packing a single serving with your lunch is the perfect way to enjoy these -- snacking straight from the multi-serving bag can be dangerous!

Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calorie Packs
PER SERVING (1 pack): 100 calories, 8 - 9g fat, 0 - 80mg sodium, 3 - 5g carbs, 2g fiber, 1 - 3g sugars, 3 - 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

A protein boost can help you get through that often-exhausting second half of the day; you might find that you focus better after chomping on crunchy almonds! These portion-controlled packs will keep you from inhaling hundreds of nutty calories at a time. Grab something basic like the original Whole Natural, Sea Salt, or Lightly Salted Low Sodium; or get wacky and go for Bold Wasabi & Soy Sauce, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, or Dark Chocolate. Mmmmm!

And Of Course... Fresh fruit! We recommend something fuss-free and not messy, like a Fuji apple or baggie full of grapes. Hooray for fruit!

 
  Sweet Treats!

What? You totally deserve dessert after lunch!

Weight Watchers Coffee Cake
PER SERVING (1 cake): 120 calories, 3.5g fat, 150mg sodium, 25g carbs, 5g fiber, 11g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3

OK, just because it's coffee cake doesn't mean you HAVE to eat it with coffee. We really like this as the sweet something at the end of a meal -- it's kind of small but tastes really great. The gooey filling is SO GOOD!

Slim·Fast Snack Bars, Peanut Butter Crunch Time
PER SERVING (1 bar): 100 calories, 3.5g fat, 70mg sodium, 16g carbs, 0g fiber, 13g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Why this specific variety? We have reasons. 1) It tastes like a Butterfinger. 2) No sugar alcohols, which means no stomachaches. 3) IT TASTES LIKE A BUTTERFINGER. For a 100-calorie candy-bar fix, this is an excellent option.

Extra Dessert Delights Sugarfree Gum
PER SERVING (1 stick): 5 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Maybe you've already consumed enough calories for lunchtime; maybe you're not even hungry for dessert. But that need for sweetness is nagging at your brain. Instead of stuffing yourself when you don't need anything else to eat, pick a stick of this dessert-flavored gum. Strawberry Shortcake, Key Lime Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip... Perfect.

 
  Sip On It!

A few quick drink picks, each with a PointsPlus® value of 0* per serving!

Activate Drinks
- Only 5 calories in the whole 16-oz. bottle, and the flavored vitamin mixture is sealed in the lid for maximum effectiveness!

Sparkling ICE Naturally Flavored Sparkling Mountain Spring Water - One of those drinks that calls itself water when it's really a lightly sweetened fruity drink... which is fine with us since it tastes great and has no calories!

Crystal Light Pure - Stash a few packets in your desk, lunch bag, or purse. Add a packet to 16 ounces of water for an all-natural fruit drink with 15 calories per cup.

 

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CHEW ON THIS:

Today is May 20th, which means -- hold onto your berets -- it's National Quiche Lorraine Day! Save some time by making an Egg Mug Lorraine, and use that time to call your Aunt Lorraine.

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