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Stuck at the office til 4:30am last night ... so still full from the 2am milkshake.
Breakfast: Get to work at 10:30. Stop for a LARGE dunkin donuts coffee with skim/2 splenda.
Lunch: Fage 2% greek yogurt with Strawberry; fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I heart Fage because it has TONS of protein and relatively low cal. I often make little Fage sundaes (fage, berries, honey, a crunchy cereal like Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Kashi, and Fat Free ReadyWhip)
Snack 1: banana chips and green tea
Snack 2: fresh blueberries, bottle of diet Dr. Pepper, some Werthers candies
Snack 3: 100 calorie pack of Cheese Nips
Dinner: kofte kebab (turkish ground meat patties) with rice
Snack: handful of peanut M&Ms
Stuck at work again ... this time til 11:30pm...
Breakfast: large dunkin coffee, deep chocolate vitamuffin
Lunch: chopped salad with spinach, tomato, kalamata olives, blue cheese, hearts of palm, white beans, beets, cucumbers. Lemon juice and balsamic vinagrette.
Snack: apple and green tea
Dinner: egg white omelette with swiss cheese, and corn vitamuffin.
After dinner: My friend had a private wine tasting at her apartment for her birthday. I had some spinach and artichoke dip in a bread bowl, olives, berries, M&Ms, and of course, some vino.
Late night snack: Tasti D Lite chocolate flying saucer
Sleep in til noon (yay Saturday!), wake up to an email from my supervisor (boo weekend work).
Breakfast (or is it lunch if it's 1pm): Banana nut vitatop, fresh strawberries (in desperate need of coffee, but too tired to get dressed to go outside for it)
Lunch: gotta heart NYC delivery. Egg white omelette with feta, spinach, olives. multi-grain toast w/ butter. LARGE coffee.
Snack: fruit salad
Dinner: McCann's Brown Sugar oatmeal with sliced banana and blueberries.
Snack: tootsie pop, frozen grapes, blueberries
Lunch: egg white omelette with feta, mushroom, spinach. Large iced hazelnut coffee
Snack: mango, blueberries and strawberries; instant Swiss Miss hot cocoa
Dinner: wok sauteed tofu and veggie platter. mashed sweet potatoes
At the office on President's Day (and EVERY single day of this purported 3 day wknd!)
Breakfast: LARGE Dunkin' coffee
Lunch: Chop't 10 Vegetable salad (lettuce, grilled asparagus, green peas, hearts of palm, carrots, broccolli, beets, mushrooms, cukes, grape tomatoes, corn)
Snack: Deep chocolate vitatop muffin, peach
Dinner: went to Maya and ordered the guacamole/chips; side of plantains; pechuga abodada (adobo marinated grilled chicken breast, huitlacoche dumplings, warm pico de gallo, cilantro pesto).
Breakfast: Banana, large dunkin coffee (I need to stop spending money there!)
Lunch: Chopped salad with spinach, swiss cheese, white beans, beets, grape tomatoes
Snack: Chocolate peanut butter Vitatop muffin, green tea
Dinner: Sweet potato with veggie chili
Snacks: mango, melon, and mixed berries
Still clocking the hours at 2am...
Final Commentary: Our all-nighter pulling corporate junior attorney is hoping to return to some sense of normalcy after putting in several (very) hectic weeks. Her final comment: "ha-- you picked THE perfect week to find me. I'm the stereotypical junior associate!"
I'm a big soup fan and one of my favorites to make in bulk is chicken noodle soup -- I love the Barefoot Contessa's recipe -- I've posted about this recipe in a separate entry. I often cook up a large pot of it if someone gets sick and then we can all enjoy the leftovers for days. But also just warm and comforting for any time of year, especially now when it is quite cold out.
No Leftovers? Try this salad formula: My friend RH suggested a "salad formula" to me that encompasses some of those good for you nutrients with very tasty items. Do not be like me and be tempted by Chop't when you can make your own salads at home! (Although, I recently discovered that Chop't delivers... I like that).
Yummy salad = Whole grain + Lean protein + Diced veggies
All drizzled with olive oil, flavored rice vinegar, sprinkle of furikake, or whatever else fits with the ingreidents.
Her particular fave is brown rice with avocado, fake crab meat, cucumber and furikake -- like a California roll salad (inspired by Teaism).
Another suggested combination, with a Mexican flare, is quinoa, black beans, salsa, shredded cheddar, and green onions.
So yes, still many months until summer (although perhaps some of you reading are enjoying summer right now...), but a simple summer idea (also courtesy of RH): white beans, black beans, diced tomatoes, olive oil, and salt/pepper.
So, I hope that these ideas are helpful to you in your quest for bringing lunch to work... it certainly was helpful to me to ask around and be inspired by my friends' ideas.
I'd love to hear about any of your successful lunch ideas!