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Dear Hungry Girl,

Do you have any suggestions for good foods to pack for lunch?  I don't eat meat and I'm getting sick of PB & J and hummus, so most sandwiches are out of the question.  Also, my office does not have a microwave.

-Lunch Lady
Dear Lunch Lady,

It's really easy to pack a meat-free lunch. If you want a sandwich, try using Wonder Light Bread and Kraft FF Singles to make a cheese and tomato one.  Or try some of Yves' or Lightlife's veggie lunch meats.  They make bologna, ham, turkey, pastrami, etc.  And all their faux cold cuts are low cal and high in protein.  If these options don't sound appealing to you, skip sandwiches altogether.  Instead, fill your lunch bag with (and I'm going to name names here, but they do NOT pay me to do it!) Crunchmaster Crackers, 100 Calorie Packs, and Jolly Time 94% FF Healthy Pop Mini Bags.  If you have access to a fridge at work, you can also take some light yogurt, nonfat cottage cheese, Motts Harvest NSA Applesauce, and Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges.  The absolute best thing you could pack are fruits and veggies.  There is no healthier portable lunch option.  My advice is to always take some baby carrots, grapes, a peach, or an apple with you.  One more thing.   I'm going to go out on a limb here and pretty much INSIST that you guys spring for a microwave!  They're so inexpensive that even if a few employees have to get together to pay for one, it'll only be a few dollars each ('s one for under 50 bucks!).  Think of all the lunchtime doors that'll open up once you get one!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I try very hard to eat my daily portion of fruits & veggies, but my fresh produce sometimes goes bad before I get to eat it.  Is there anything wrong with frozen veggies?

-Fearing Frozen Veggies
Dear Fearing,

There are many benefits of buying your fruits and veggies frozen; convenience, price, and as you mentioned, shelf life.  Of course, none of that would mean much if your frozen broccoli, cauliflower, string beans and asparagus were significantly inferior to the fresh stuff when it came to nutritional value.  Luckily, while it may seem that fresh is always best, when it comes to fruits and veggies, frozen can be even better.  That's 'cause frozen veggies are usually picked, and packed very quickly -- before they have time to lose a lot of their vitamins and minerals.  On the other hand, by the time fresh veggies reach the supermarket, days have passed since they we're harvested.  So, in short, fresh fruits and veggies are great, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with frozen produce.  So ditch those horrendous rotting fruits and veggies and stock your freezer with tons of frozen goodies.  Just promise me you'll remember to eat THOSE before they develop a nasty case of freezer burn!

Taking your lunch to work with you three times a week can save you about $100.00 - $150.00 per month.
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