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09.13.13
 

It's easy to fall into a rut when you pack a lunch every day. Here are some of our very favorite foods for guilt-free bagged lunches!

 
 
  Classic Finds


Boar's Head Deli Meat - Any extra-lean deli meat (97 - 98% fat-free) is a smart choice, but the options from Boar's Head are our hands-down favorites! In addition to flavor-packed offerings like the Chipotle Chicken Breast -- only 60 calories and 1g fat for a 2-oz. serving (PointsPlus® value 2*) -- BH serves up Lower Sodium and No Salt Added options. Hooray!

100-Calorie Flat Sandwich Rolls - Basic bread has nothing on these sandwich staples. Many brands make 'em, but we tend to go for the kinds by Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat, which come in a slew of varieties. Honey Wheat? Yup. Flax & Fiber? Absolutely. Arnold even makes a Seedless Rye! Another top-notch sandwich find? Flatout Hungry Girl Foldit Flatbreads (at Walmart and Walgreens)!!!

StarKist Single Serve Tuna Pouches - The great thing about these pouches? VERSATILITY. You want a salad? Empty a packet of Tuna Creations over your greens. You want a sandwich? Scoop the Ready-To-Eat Tuna Salad onto one of the aforementioned rolls or Foldits. Running out the door with no time to assemble anything? Grab any packet and a fork! Our flavor of choice is most definitely the Sweet & Spicy Tuna Creations -- just 90 calories and 0.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*).

The Laughing Cow Cheeses - The Light wedges are great spread on sandwiches, fruit slices, cut veggies... You name it! And only 35 calories and 1.5g fat per creamy wedge (PointsPlus® value 1*). Plus, Mini Babybel makes a heck of a snack-tastic lunch addition. And no need to limit yourself to Mini Babybel Light. We love all eight varieties. Each perfectly portioned piece has 50 - 80 calories and 3 - 6g fat (PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*).

Instant Miso Soup - All you need is a mug and hot water, and you're on your way to SOUP TOWN. We have the hots (tee-hee!) for the worth-ordering-online Miko soup packs and the easy-to-find miso packets from Mishima. Each of these has 25 - 35 calories and 1g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). Click here for soupy all-stars!

 
 
 
 

HG's Official At-Work Survival Guide! Click here for many more finds, plus DOs and DON'Ts and tips 'n tricks!

 
  Three New Picks for Lunchtime Eats!


Van's Natural Foods Gluten Free Crackers Say Cheese! Snack Packs
1 bag: 140 calories, 5g fat, 260mg sodium, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Breaking chews: We've raved about these crackers before, and now they're available in convenient single-serving bags! Total score. BTW, spreading these with a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light cheese would result in cheesy fantasticness of epic proportions.


Dole Extra Veggie Salad Mixes
3 oz. (about 1/3 of bag): 20 - 80 calories, 0g fat, 35 - 125mg sodium, 3 - 16g carbs, 2 - 6g fiber, 1 - 5g sugars, 1 - 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

These salad blends are major time-savers! The greens come with packs of tomatoes, snap peas, or shredded garden veggies. And though the serving size above is for about a third of the bag, we'd probably eat the whole bag's worth. Still guilt-free! Pssst... A stash of Wonderful Almond Accents comes in handy for topping off a salad!

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame 100 Calorie Snack Packs
1 snack pack: 100 calories, 3 - 3.5g fat, 100 - 115mg sodium, 7 - 8g carbs, 5 - 6g fiber, 1g sugars, 11g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Check out all that fiber and protein! In Lightly Salted and Spicy Wasabi, these crunchy things are a serious find. And like the cracker packs on this list, the portion-control aspect is a major asset. Click to find, or buy online. Grab 'n go!

 
 
 
 

Snack Attack! Need some additional snacky supplementation? Click here and here for emergency snack picks, a.k.a. on-the-go options!

 
  Make 'n Take Recipe Roundup


Got a fridge at work?

Veggie-Packed Antipasto Pasta Salad and Fruity Tuna Salad - Our very latest packable lunch recipes are so incredibly good. Try 'em and see...

Grilled 'n Chilled Sandwich and MediterraneYUM Pasta Salad - Two more recipes developed specifically for take-along lunches!

Picnic-Perfect Pasta Salad - Perfect for a picnic means perfect for brown-bagging as well! (What's a sack lunch but a mini picnic at heart?)

Spicy Thai-Style No-Cook Stir-Fry - This tastes great cold AND is packed with veggies and protein. HELLO, filling...

How about a microwave?

Takes-the-Cake Ziti Bake - Last night's baked pasta makes a great lunch of leftovers. Make a batch!

EZ as 1-2-3-Alarm Turkey Chili - Chili tastes even better the day after you make it. Make this slow-cooker recipe on a Sunday, and Monday's lunch will rock your world!

Taco-rific Spaghetti Squash Bake - This no-noodle dish is so good, we could eat it for days and not get tired of it!

 
 
 
 

The Hungry Girl Lunch Planner! Want even MORE bagged-lunch ideas? Flip through the pages of this month's Redbook for an awesome HG feature! It's packed with mix-n-match options for guilt-free midday meals. Click here for the online version!

 

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CHEW ON THIS:

Don't be scared just because it's Friday the 13th! Here are a couple of good-luck recipes from a few years back -- we still love 'em.

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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