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Hungry Girl Today: 4.25.12

Hi HG,

I'm looking for recipes and ideas for sandwiches and other packable lunch items. I eat lunch late, so hot sandwiches get cold and cold sandwiches get soggy. I want alternatives to the same boring lunch I take every day. Can you help me?

Bored with Brown Bagging

Hi Bored,

I'm all about changing things up and keeping meals exciting... It's DEFINITELY the best way to help you stay on track when it comes to smart eating.

To start, get yourself an insulated lunch bag. There are some super-cute ones out there! And store a couple of cold packs in your freezer to add to your bag and keep your food cool.

As for soggy sandwiches, one thing I've found that helps is to lightly toast the bread. It's also a good idea to pack the bread separately and assemble your sandwich at lunch. And try using things other than traditional light bread slices. High-fiber pitas, flat sandwich rolls, light English muffins, and thin bagels tend to hold up better than soft bread. Whatever you use to hold your sandwich fixins, look for options with some fiber and a total of 120 calories or less.

Zazzle up your sandwich with fun condiments and toppings. Flavored mustards (like Vivi's Original Sauce), Dijonnaise (an HG staple), and the new Buffalo-flavored reduced-fat mayo from Hellmann's/Best Foods are all great picks, and they add very few calories if you stick to a single serving. (Pack the condiments on the side so they don't soggy up your bread!) For toppings, shake things up with sliced jalape