What’s for Lunch: Salads, Salads and more Salads

I have been eating a lot of salads for lunch this week. They are easy. Plus I bought a HUGE bag of greens at Costco. Also, low in calories and healthy and GREEN! I always feel good when I eat green food.

Steak Salad
Steak Salad
greens, tomato, cucumber, steak, french dressing
413 calories

Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad
greens, tomato, cucumber, tuna, homemade dressing (olive oil, balsamic, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and garlic)
249 calories

Pepperoni Salad
Pepperoni Salad
greens, tomato, cucumber, orange bell pepper, pepperoni, homemade dressing (olive oil, balsamic, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and garlic)
245 calories

What’s your favourite salad creation?

What’s for Lunch: Chickpea and Tuna Salad

I was stuck on what to make for lunch today so I got creative. I knew I had some chickpeas so I decided to try making a salad. It turned out really good; I would totally make it again. Next time I would be less lazy and add diced veggies, like cucumber, peppers and maybe tomatoes. The veggies would also add a nice touch of colour.

Today’s lunch was perfect to throw in my purse and take with me to the beach for a lunch break walk.

Chickpea and Tuna Salad

1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 can drained tuna
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
cumin, crushed red pepper and salt to taste

Mix together and enjoy!

I ate my salad with some baby carrots for a nice filling lunch.

Total Calories (without baby carrots): 406 Calories

So lucky to work so close to the beach.

Lunch break beach walk

What a beautiful day!

What’s for Lunch: Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Since the Taco Lettuce Wraps turn out so great I thought I would try another version. These ones were delicious too; perfect for a nice light, refreshing, summer lunch!

Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

I took my lettuce leaves, spread avocado, topped it with tuna (mixed with cream cheese) and a few slices of cucumber. Perfect. Quick and easy too!

I used 7 romaine leaves, 1/2 an avocado, 1 can of tuna, 2 tbsp of cream cheese and 1/4 of a cucumber.

Total calories: 364 Calories

Dinner: Frozen Meal Salad

Look at me, blogging again – weeeee. Really struggling to stay on track so just trying to do everything I can. So tonight I was alone for dinner and decided to make a frozen Weight Watchers Meal – Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Beans and Rice. I put it on top of some spring mix and called it a salad.

This is something I do often for lunches at work.

Weight Watchers Meal - Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Beans and Rice

Total calories: 330

Lazy = Frozen Meals

Back when I started this journey of losing weight and a better lifestyle I was against frozen meals. Well times have changed. I still don’t think they are good for you but they really do help with portion control and eating out. I don’t eat them daily but some weeks I do eat them a couple times a week – it just depends if I have dinner left overs.

I just don’t feel like spending 10-20 minutes in the mornings anymore preparing breakfast and lunch. Coming home to make dinner after a long day in the office can sometimes be bad enough.

Frozen meals can be expensive. I DO NOT buy them unless then are on sale. I also don’t always buy the “healthy”, lower calorie meals either. I find the Michelina’s meals often go on sale for $1 each at various stores. Most of them are between 300-400 calories – really not too bad for a lunch. Sometimes I add some veggies or a side salad.

I have tried a few different Michelina’s meals and they have always been pretty tasty. The Macaroni and Cheese is by far my favourtie – I LOVE IT. I loved adding diced tomatoes to it. Diced bell peppers work well too – if I am really adventurous even some spinach.
Michelina's Macaroni and Cheese

And for breakfast I was delighted to find the Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwiches. The Weight Watchers meals sometimes go on sale for $2-$2.50. You get two sandwiches in a box, so $1 – $1.25 for one. Not as cheap as toast I am sure, but a little treat – something to hit the spot when you wish you could have a McDonalds for an Egg McMuffin. As a bonus, they are cheaper too!

The Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwiches are 210 calories. With some fruit or yogurt it makes for a delicious breakfast. I enjoy a lot of the Weight Watchers meal but like the Michelina’s ones better because they are cheaper.

Again, not the healthiest meals but sometimes connivence wins. I also find I usually enjoy them and having a lunch ready I enjoy means I am much less likely to get take out.

New Lunch Container

Seriously I am pretty excited about my new lunch container. I have been looking for something like this for a while now and last night I found this at the SuperStore for $4! Basically its a larger container that you can divide into 3; kinda like an American style bento box. It even has an ice pack in there; though, I doubt I will use that.

Today I packed some salad in the bottom. Crab cakes and cucumber in the top! I still had to pack my dressing on the side though. Will have to look for a way to incorporate it in the box. I have heard of people using the silicon muffin liners to break things up in their lunch boxes; I am keeping an eye open at the dollar store for those.

New Lunch Container

Not the best picture but gives you the idea. Look at those yummy crab cakes, I can not wait for lunch time. Top view:

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Anyway you get the idea. And as for today’s lunch:

2 baked crab cakes w/ chipotle lime dip
salad (romaine, cucumber) w/ light honey dijon dressing
sliced cucumber

Total lunch calories: 350 calories

Lunch Time: Egg Salad Sandwich

It has been years since I had an egg salad sandwich – in fact this may be the first one I have ever made for myself. Slightly high in calories but it was a delicious change.

2 slices higher fiber toast (200 calories)
2 hard boiled eggs (155 calories)
2 tbsp fat free miracle whip (30 calories)
2 leafs of lettuce (2 calories)
small apple (63 calories)

Egg Salad Sandwich

Total lunch calories: 450 calories

Breakfast Time: Lunch/Sandwich for Breakfast

Who says you can’t have lunch for breakfast? My boyfriend laughed at me for eating this – but hey, it kept me full, it was low in calories and I got to mix it up. There is no rule that says you can’t eat a chicken and veggie sandwich at 7am.

2 slices low calorie bread (I used dempster’s body wise)
laughing cow cheese wedge
few slices of chicken breast lunch meat
cucumber
alfalfa sprouts
yogurt on the side

sandwich for breakfast

230 calories

The bread is 50 calories a slice but pretty sad looking bread. It gets the job done though – but it is not something I would buy often. Yes my normal bread is double the calories (100 a slice) but it is more then double the fiber and protein.

And guess what’s for lunch today? The same as above! See, breakfast/lunch – same thing but with some avocado 😉