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Healthy Lunch Options For Work – Any Suggestions?

packed_lunch_ideasI try to eat healthily these days, and am always looking for healthy lunch options that I can eat in the office when I am working.

While working in the USA for the past few years, the companies I worked for all had microwaves and fridges so employees could bring their own food in to the office and cook/re-heat it if desired.

Now that I have a new job in the UK, the company does have a fridge for the employees, but there are no cooking facilities, other than hot water for tea, coffee or cup-a-soup etc.

The company does have a subsidised staff canteen that provides full meals, but since Debbie and I usually eat together at night, I don’t really want to have two full meals in a day, however with winter approaching in England it does get chilly, and I will need something filling and warming inside me to help me get through the day.   The question is what?

Aside from the staff canteen serving full meals, I still don’t have much money, so I want to spend as little as I can on lunch, however I do want to eat healthy, and not fill up every day on anything that has a high fat or sodium content (like cup-a-soups).

I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for something healthy to bring in to eat.   Obviously leftovers that I have to re-heat are out of the question, since I have no way of heating them up.   Bare in mind too that while a salad is ok in the summer, it’s not necessarily enough to warm you through on a chilly day.   Also, I don’t really want to spend ages preparing anything in the morning before I leave for work, but I don’t also want to make something like a sandwich the night before, and find it stale or soggy by the time I come to eat it.

For breakfast in the USA I was having Oatmeal (Porridge) most days, with either Applesauce or Honey on it.  This was really low in fat and sodium, good for the cholosterol levels, and also filling and warming.  Since I can’t cook Oatmeal here at work (no microwave), I am bringing in Muesli, since we do have a fridge, and that is filling for breakfast.  But what about lunch?

So do you have any ideas for a filling nutritious lunch that might help me out?   If so, please leave a comment on this post and let me know.    Thanks in advance for any help.

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