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Light Carb Snacks and Lunches

The hard part of any diet is being creative. It’s so easy to get into a rut and eat the same thing for days and days…Before you know it, you’re completely burned out on eating salads every day and all you want is a big burrito or slice of pizza!

When I decided to try limiting my carb intake, I struggled to find quick and easy lunches I could take to work. When I’m home it’s easy to figure out something but I needed stuff that was easily packed ahead of time.

I bought some containers that have compartments to make it easier to transport several different things without a big mess. I love this and this! So far they work great! No leaks, no mess. The dual compartment ones I have are fabulous. In one side I put some roasted veggies, the other side hummus or tuna salad.

So here are a few of my lunches and snacks I’ve been enjoying lately:

Lunches

Lunch #1

I do these “rollup” things. I take some sliced deli meat (it varies, ham, roast beef, turkey or pastrami, and sometimes I mix and match them together) with a slice of cheese and a little mustard and roll it up. I usually pack 2 for lunch. Sometimes I have pickles and olives with it.

Then I had some roasted veggies on the side. I love roasted veggies! And they are surprisingly filling. I usually do broccoli, onion, Brussels Sprouts, and carrots. (Sometimes I’ll add some sweet potatoes or butternut squash but I’m trying not do that right now.)

 

Lunch #2

I made some tuna salad. I took a can of tuna, added some mayo and mustard, diced carrots, diced onion, diced pickles and some seasoning. Instead of crackers I took cucumber slices. One day I had some cheddar slices with it and another day I had string cheese.

Lunch #3

I got some chile lime chicken burgers from Trader Joe’s that are super low in carbs and calories. I have a patty with cheese and some roasted veggies.

I also got butternut squash to add to my roasted veggies.

Also, some riced cauliflower and turkey meatballs. Yum! (Although the above photo is more for dinner than lunch.)

Lunch #4

Big salad with lettuce, carrots, avocado, Chipotle dressing and the pre-cooked chicken fajita strips (bought on a whim because they were marked down and they were actually pretty good!).

 

Lunch #5

Kind of of a hodge-podge of things. A hardboiled egg, some chopped ham, and roasted veggies.

Snacks

Snack #1

Plain Greek Yogurt with sliced strawberries.

Snack #2

Sliced apple with string cheese.

Snack #3

Pickles, black olives, jalapeno stuffed olives and some pistachios.

Snack #4

Cheese, Salami, olives.

Snack #5

I got a package of the Sargento Balanced Breaks–cheese, nuts and dried fruit. I could have easily made my own, but they were on sale so I picked up a package. They are a little higher in carbs than I’m looking for (12grams) but they are good for workout days.

I also had some celery and peanut butter that day.

Thoughts

I’ve gotten some pretty good ideas for more lunches and snacks that I’m going to try in the coming weeks. I think it’s important to switch things up each week so it doesn’t get monotonous and boring. When I was trying to lose 100 pounds 10 years ago I ate the same damn lunch every single day. Every day. No deviation–a turkey and cheese sandwich on low calorie bread with a serving of wheat thins. Man was I sick of that!!!

So I will do another post in a few weeks with other ideas I’ve tried!

QUESTION: What are your favorite snacks and lunches right now?

Light Carbs Update #1

Recently I wrote a post about going “light carb“. I wanted to do another update post updating you guys.

A little while ago, we had some friends over for lunch who were in the middle of doing Whole 30. We made steak salad and grilled veggies for lunch. I’ve read a little bit about the diet as it was going around the blog world. Lots of people seemed to like it. Some people lost weight on it. A lot of people said it was a struggle, too much prep-work, and not something they could do long term. Our friends said that they felt less bloated while on the diet.

But Whole 30 just does not appeal to me. I cannot cut out dairy. If you are a long-time reader, you may remember that I did an experiment a few years ago–going gluten and dairy-free. After a month of doing it, my conclusion was that I could go gluten-free/low carb fairly easily but I couldn’t go dairy-free. Especially since I didn’t get a big pay-off for it!

Here are a few posts about it:

When The Diet Stops Working

Mourning Pasta

Dairy-Free Conclusion

Yes, I understand that Whole 30 is only for 30 days but…I tried that with the other experiment. It just didn’t appeal to me. Maybe had I seen some big results I could get behind doing it for a month.

So I’m eating carbs still in fruit and veggies. I’ve ditched bananas because they are too high in carbs and sugar.

The second week on the light carb diet I weighed in and was down 2 more pounds, for a total of 4 lost. I had to admit, it was a good jolt of happiness and encouragement! I know that that’s probably bloat/water weight and I should get too excited yet, but it definitely helped me stay motivated to keep trying.

Over the weekend Michael’s dad came to visit for Michael’s birthday so Friday night I had my “cheat meal.” Michael picked up pizza and I had two slices.

The three of us split a Bourbon Ball from Papa Haydn’s for Michael’s birthday:

So not great on the carb/calorie front for Friday night but Saturday morning I turned it around. We went out for breakfast and I got scrambled eggs, two sausage patties and instead of potatoes or hashbrowns I got fruit and instead of bread or biscuits, they gave me some extra fruit. I really wanted that biscuit! But I stayed strong.

After the gym I had lunch (some low-carb Indian food) and cottage cheese. Dinner was a salad with a cheeseburger (and no bun). It was a pretty good day for limiting my carbs.

On Sunday I had eggs and side of strawberries for breakfast, went swimming, and then had a salad topped with flank steak for lunch.

Today I weighed in and saw that I was down another .6 pounds! So slowly but surely I’m starting to see some movement in the right direction.

I really hope I don’t yo-yo like I have done for the last year. If I can lose 2 more pounds I will know for sure that this diet is working. I just need to get past that yo-yo threshold I’ve been struggling against since having Logan!

I also had a non-scale victory–a shirt that I wear fairly often (a large size) was super loose on me this weekend! Yay!