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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?

What I’ve Been Eating

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a food post. My food has been pretty decent lately–I’ve just been eating a little bit more. I’m still counting my calories every day and a few days a week I do go over my calories but overall I’m doing alright staying within the 1900-2300 calorie range.

I’ve been trying to change things up with food. I have done some new things lately (like the overnight oats) and I’m trying to find some variety with my snacks. The bars are easy–especially when breastfeeding, but I’d rather not rely on them so much.

If you have some suggestions of easy, fast meals that work for you, I’d love to hear them!

Breakfasts

 

Scrambled eggs with cheese and hot sauce, bacon, Dave’s Killer Bread thin sliced toast with avocado on top.

Overnight oats in a jar (my first time trying it) was steel cut oats, ground flaxseed, plain greek yogurt and frozen blueberries and then topped it with a teaspoon of brown sugar and slivered almonds the next morning.

Two fried eggs with hot sauce, English muffin with avocado, strawberries and coffee.

Snacks

Apple, smoked gouda cheese and salami.

Protein fiber bar (this one is really tasty!).

Kind Bar.

Lunch

 

Hawaiian lunch with a friend: spicy teriyaki chicken with macaroni salad and rice.

Salad with leftover chicken, black beans, cauliflower, hot sauce, avocado and sour cream on top.

Peanut butter and banana sandwich on Dave’s Killer Bread (skinny slice) with an apple and cheese.

Ham sandwich on a sandwich thin (with smoked gouda and avocado), raw cauliflower with blue cheese dressing and strawberries.

 

Dinner

 

Delite pizza from Papa Murphy’s with raw cauliflower on the side.

Steak, steamed broccoli and salad.

Burger with avocado, spinach, white cheddar and sauteed sweet potatoes (not pictured: raw cauliflower I ate while dinner was cooking)

Trader Joe’s quinoa burger with melted white cheddar, steamed broccoli and cauliflower with Goddess dressing and applesauce.

 

Boneless pork chop, sauteed Brussels Sprouts and kale with bacon (and a glass of wine).

Blackened salmon with Brussels sprouts and bacon and raw cauliflower with bleu cheese dressing.

Spicy bratwurst with baked beans, raw cauliflower and blue cheese dressing.

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For some reason I’ve been craving cauliflower lately. I’m pretty much eating it at most lunch or dinner meals! I’m also excited that berry season is almost upon us. I got some watermelon recently and been eating that for snacks and when I’m craving something sweet.

I have been giving in to sugar too much lately. I need to nip that in the butt right away. It’s easy to get back into old habits like that!