Breakfast & Lunch on the Go With & Without Bread

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  1. tarheelmjfan

    tarheelmjfan <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=blue>

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    I've gained a lot of weight having to eat out all the time. I've decided Monday is the day that I'm going to to get serious about taking the recent weight gain off. I'm thinking the first think I need to cut out is bread. I really need to drastically cut calories as a whole though.

    DH & I own our own business, so we eat together for all meals. He doesn't need to lose weight, so bread & high calories are fine for him.

    Does anyone have suggestions for very low calorie breakfasts & lunches we can take on the go that can be eaten with or without bread? I'm looking for ideas that will work for both of our situations. It doesn't have to include a bread option. since he's the only one that would be eating bread. I can always double his portions, but I want to make breakfast & lunches on the go that will work for me & satisfy him. All meal suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. jevs

    jevs Boring Poster

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    Breakfast - boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, fruit.
    Lunch - make up salads and add some protein.
    Snacks - fruit, veggie sticks.

    Above is for you. For DH add the bread and double the portion size.
     
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  4. tarheelmjfan

    tarheelmjfan <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=blue>

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    Thanks for the suggestions. This will be my grocery list for next week. :teeth:
     
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  5. Haley R

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    We always take a huge box of granola bars (either Chewy or Sunbelt) and use those for breakfast, but also for snacks throughout the day. We make sure to get ones that don't have chocolate so they don't melt in our bag while in the park. I also use a snack credit sometimes to get a banana in the morning.

    EDIT: I just realized this wasn't necessarily just about being at Disney lol. Sorry. I still try to eat a banana every day, but at home don't have to use a snack credit :thumbsup2
     
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    tarheelmjfan <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=blue>

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  7. NJlauren

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    What about egg muffins.

    You make eggs with Spinach, mushrooms, cheese what ever you like and then pour in muffin tins, bake in the oven, you can have 1 he can have two for breakfast.

    I am probably doing a horrible job explaining this, you can google egg muffins it will come up!

    Here is an example https://showmetheyummy.com/healthy-egg-muffin-cups/
     
  8. Poohforyou

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    Egg muffins are a great breakfast or lunch option. They can be easily customized to suit tastes and dietary needs. Oatmeal is another good breakfast option that's easily customizable. Soups and chili are filling and can be great diet aids. You can use lettuce leaves in place of bread for a sandwich or make a salad for you and a sandwich for your husband.
     
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  9. Southernmiss

    Southernmiss I am hazed everyday

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    Look at Paleo diet websites for ideas. I bring a portion of chicken, fish, or beef for lunch and lots of roasted vegetables of all types for lunch. Snacks are cashews/nuts or a few crackers with a snack pack of avocado or guacamole. Occasional baked potato with broccoli or other toppings, baked sweet potato.

    Instead of noodles, use squash or zucchini.

    Make a gluten free bread or use alternatives for bread with lunch meat.

    Breakfast for me is cottage cheese, cooked sausages, piece of fruit or banana and peanut butter or gf toast and peanut butter.

    Water or unsweetened herbal teas to drink.
     
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  10. 2goofycampers

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    You could try the Flat Out brand flat bread low calorie low carb and make wraps. My DH loves the Italian herb flavor.
     
  11. Christine

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    I'll try not to get all preachy on you....:duck:
    There is nothing inherently wrong with bread so try not to think in those terms. But yes, when I'm trying to take the weight off, it is the first thing to go because it does seem to add a lot of calories. But I just warn you with trying to be all or nothing because that usually backfires. What type of bread are you normally eating in the morning?

    Some of the suggestions above are good ones for breakfast. You can also make oatmeal the night before, put it into containers and reheat the next morning. I'm not sure how "on the go" you need it to be. I work also and don't eat breakfast at home, but I do eat when I get to the office. So I can have cereal and milk. I know "cereal" isn't really on any diet's hot list these days because it's a carb, but I need the bulk of cereal to make me feel full. A serving and half of shredded wheat and milk holds me better than 2 eggs with onions and turkey sausage. I don't know why, but it does.

    As someone mentioned above, don't rule out Arnold Sandwich Thins or Flat Out breads. They aren't my favorite thing but sometimes when I want an egg sandwich they work!
     
  12. mjkacmom

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    Gluten free bread has the same amount of carbs as regular bread.
     
  13. Southernmiss

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    By eating gf bread, I eat less bread and therefore it helps me. Love bread and pastries, just don't need to eat all I want.

    Gf bread allows me to have bread without going overboard.
     
  14. Christine

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    OP, one thing I want to come back and ask. Besides the bread that you mentioned, you say that you also know that you need to cut way back on calories, which is good. Do you have a calorie goal in mind for your day? When I was losing weight, I was at 1400-1500 calories per day. I roughly divided that up and aimed to keep my breakfasts at 250 calories and lunch at around 400. I would have a snack here and there at 100. Once you know your calorie goal for breakfast, you can work into that and it sort of makes it easier to see what you can have.
     
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  15. CynBeth

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    I am trying to lose weight as well. In the past I did WW which worked but due to medical issues that happened with a few members of my family I stopped after I reached my goal. I am not going with them this time just doing it on my own. I know for me if I feel deprived I won’t stick to it so I am still pretty much eating what I did before except will try to cut out soda and drink more water. Usually for breakfast I have a bowl of cereal with milk and juice. At work my morning snack is a fruit cup in fruit juice. Lunch is a PB&J sandwich, a granola bar, and a Greek yogurt. A lot of times I skip the afternoon snack where I have raisins or applesauce. On the weekends lunch is different. Our dinners vary. It is just the 2 of us and DH has food allergies so we tend to have a lot of the same things. I am not a huge fruit and veggie person but will try to do better there and have a salad with balsamic dressing as part of dinner. Also, I will cut my portions and when eating out will see if I can get a kids meal or smaller size. One of my downfalls is people at work are always having things so constantly bring in sweets and other leftovers. I will now either not have any or take a little and not keep going back for seconds and thirds. I am also not a huge exercise person but got a Simply Fit Board. I am starting off going on it for 5 minutes for a few weeks and then will work my way up to 10 minutes for a few weeks, etc. Good luck!
     
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  16. mjkacmom

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    Personally, I’d rather have a little good bread than any gf bread (dd14 has celiac, we live in NJ, so sad she can’t eat the great bread we have here).
     
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  17. Hikergirl

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    Are you giving up bread for the carbs or the empty calories?
    If you are cutting carbs, giving up bread but still eating other carbs isn't going to do anything for you.
    If you are cutting calories, then you would still need to pay attention to what you are replacing it with.
    I'm sure you know that, I'm not lecturing, it is just some of these suggestions seem to be just as many calories as bread would be, or they are carby.

    I watch my carbs (although I'm not being very good at it lately) and I find tons of ideas for meals and snacks on Pinterest.
     
  18. ronandannette

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    I need to get back on the 1400/day track too - Christmas had me throwing caution to the wind! I clearly see my biggest downfall over the past month as being sugar, not carbs in general. First thing to go will be candy and baking (as soon as I'm finished this last 1/2 bag of cherry sours :laughing: ). I agree completely with your advice to the OP.
     
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  19. mjkacmom

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    It seems like the OP is trying to reduce carbs, your diet seems very carb heavy.

    I have egg cups in the fridge (eggs/egg whites, turkey sausage, mushroom, broccoli, cheese), have a big salad with tuna, olive oil, lemon for lunch, and dinner usually a protein and veggie. Snacks are fruit, maybe a handful of nuts, chickpeas,... I try to eat high fiber, high protein, low carb. I drink water, coffee, and unsweetened iced tea.
     
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  20. Micca

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    Please look into a "No Sugar/No Grain" diet. The general idea is that you come as close as you can to no sugar & grains, but just about anything else is good--including fat & protein. When you fill up on the fat & protein you won't be hungry. It's worth a look.:)
     
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  21. Christine

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    Starting roughly around December 17th, I threw my good habits out the window. I'm hopeless/helpless when I come up against homemade Christmas goodies. My coworker made me 4 tins of Lemon Ricotta Cream cookies. I make these cranberry date nut bars to die for. Couple all that with Peppermint Bark, toffee, my son's birthday, my birthday, Christmas meals, New Year's meals, I am up 7 lbs in about 3 weeks. No, it is not "water weight.":guilty:
     
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