Food suggestions



  • Looking at some of the comments in here about weight loss with just removing bread, I'm going to take the plunge and remove it as well. Not being a foodie, I'm not very imaginative with my diet and would like some suggestions for replacing my sandwich based lunch.

    I have very little time during the day due to a hectic schedule, so I need quick options.

    So far I have an omlette



  • My diet mainly consists of the following:

    Eggs, Oats, Brown Rice, Tuna, Chicken, lean beef and lamb, heaps of veges especially brocolli, apples, avacado, peanut butter, rice crackers, cottage cheese. Oh yeah and black coffee!

    And about once a week or two I have something a little less clean. Treat meal etc.



  • That was my concern as well Kirwan, bread-less meals seem tricky and made worse by my laziness in preparing lunches ahead of time!

    I guess some sort of rice/vege/meat combo would work well?

    That's quite a varied menu JK, definitely kai that I like to eat in there.



  • Gotta try keep it interesting. If ya dont vary the food then all ya can change is the sauce and putting chilli sauce on everything just aint that good in the long run.

    Also eat alot of fresh and smoked fish. Got a whole lot of snapper fillets in the fridge right now plus about 5 kg in kingfish slabs from yesterday. Gonna try head home shortly to put the smoker on for the kingfish and then my lunch for the week will be sorted.



  • Yeah, it's a pain. I usually only have about 20/30mins to relax in the middle of the day and eat. So I don't want to spend too long preparing lunch.

    Breakfast I have sorted now, took ages to wean off having toast but I don't miss that anymore. Dinner is pretty good, and I having that around 6pm most days now too, and the wife puts in a big effort here for the kids, and I benefit Just need that middle meal fixed now, even my snacks are good.



  • I eat every now and again Wholegrain tortilla wraps or other (non-white) wraps.



  • the bart lunch options, some prep required, but easy as.

    saled. tin of tuna lite on salad. 5 rice wafers - the flavoured ones (ten if they are the skinny salt and viniger ones).

    sub tuna for lite cottage cheese on salad, or spread on rice wafers.

    sub for the rice wafers 200g of kumara (roasted the night before with your dinne) or pumpkin.

    and that is the lunch that I currently have...



  • I have a smoothie for lunch. 3/4 cup of milk, scoop of protein powder, handful of spinach, carrot, 1/3 cup of wholegrain oats and 1/3 of cup of frozen blueberries.



  • All good suggestions thanks, got some good options out of that. Cheers.



  • Well I diet plan as follows

    Breakfast:

    Bread with Peanut Butter , Honey, Green Tea

    Lunch:

    Chicken Burger
    Rice

    Dinner:

    Russian Salad
    Chinese Rice
    Vegetables Soup



  • Whats in a russian salad Tor?



  • Honey straight from a spoon Tor ?



  • Tor won't be back to answer your questions fullas.....



  • What did Tor do? Might search a few posts..



  • Hooroo spotted that it/he was likely a Bot.

    Pity, I was really interested to hear about that Russian salad!



  • Same. Sounded funky!

    Complex bots nowadays!



  • Probably the same as a western salad with Vodka instead of dressing I'd say. Sounds fucken excellent.



  • Something I often make up and use for the wife's lunches is the 'Instant' Falafel mix. Basically ground chickpea with some herbs and spices. Mix with water and fry some small patties of it in a little olive oil (you can omit this with a good nonstick pan) then use to bulk out salads etc. mainly protein and a little carb. Makes a filling salad with some baby beetroot and a bit of Feta. For a dressing just mix some low fat yoghurt with teaspoon of Tahini (or you could mix in a pinch of chilli, or just some ground pepper)



  • well, we know how to spot a bot now, they're the ones eating honey from the spoon for breakfast and vodka with their salads...



  • [quote name='Crucial']Something I often make up and use for the wife's lunches is the 'Instant' Falafel mix. Basically ground chickpea with some herbs and spices. Mix with water and fry some small patties of it in a little olive oil (you can omit this with a good nonstick pan) then use to bulk out salads etc. mainly protein and a little carb. Makes a filling salad with some baby beetroot and a bit of Feta. For a dressing just mix some low fat yoghurt with teaspoon of Tahini (or you could mix in a pinch of chilli, or just some ground pepper)[/QUOTE]

    That sounds really tasty! will have to check it out.

    I've been coooking brown rice and then making a stir fry - onions, garlic, ginger form the base then add whatever is at hand - done veges ones with mushrooms and meat ones with spicy sausages diced up in it. Find portion size can get cut right down as brown rice is so filling.



  • Yep, brown rice is another goodie as a base for lunches. Just cook up extra at night and put it in the fridge. Plenty of quick rice salad type ideas can be used. BR with some pesto and feta is good.

    I hardly ever cook white rice now unless it's for a curry that you something to mop up the sauce with. Brown rice never really works like that.





  • Caesar salad (no dressing). Parmesan is quite high in protein and has acceptable levels of fat compared to other cheeses. Lettuce is roughage. Egg is good protein. Chicken if you can get it, but bacon if not provided it isn't too fatty. If you've got leftover roast chicken to throw that in to some lettuce and sliced parmesan before you go to work. Boiled eggs keep in the fridge so you can slice them up and throw in as well. Overall quite high on the protein and low on carbs so you don't get that post-lunch crash. Another variation is just rocket and parmesan salad - chuck in just a few semidried tomatoes to flavour it up (preferably tomatoes in cold pressed olive oil).

    Thai beef salad is great, especially if the beef is a little rare. Heaps of recipes out there and you can use leftover steak and a little bit of sweet chilli dressing to pad out the flavour.

    I have the luxury of a supermarket in my building so sometimes I just go grab a little bit of cheese, some cold cut turkey or beef (does contain preservatives which is a downside), grapes, and maybe a nut bar for lunch. Mixes it up a bit but you can do the same thing when you go shopping - think about lunches as composite meals of little elements to keep it interesting. Turkey is pretty good on the protein vs fat scale and if you can get the roast version (instead of pressed) it is great.



  • Note: everything in this post is designed as advice for supplementing your diet. Nothing replaces good nutrition so take what you need and discard what you don't. You can get advice on any of this stuff from your local health food shop.

    I got this info from The Spartan Diet. If you want more info go look it up, but know that it comes across a little cheesy at first and looks like it is marketed to Americans I bought the manifesto, and there are elements of it I really believe in and others I don't, but the guy who wrote it said you can take or leave what you like, as long as you're doing the basics and want to improve yourself physically.

    So, to the point: there is a piece of advice he gives out for free on his website in regard to basic mineral intake. Our ancestors tended to use a lot more of the animal when they cooked it, right down to the offal and bones which are a huge source of minerals.

    As a modern supplement to this, he suggests getting some organic molasses ("black strap molasses" it is sometimes called) and having a tablespoon per day, providing a range of minerals. In addition to that, organic fish oil (1 tablespoon) helps with levels of omega and mineral for heart function and joints.

    It is interesting to note that since starting this regime (sometimes missing a day here and there) I haven't had any form of cold or respiratory ailment, while around me the wife and kids have been to the doctor several times for various sniffles and chest infections.

    From my own initiative, I also take the following:

    • Lysine tablets - I am prone to cold sores and this helps prevent them as well as being good for other functions (wiki it).

    • Magnesium tablets - I used to get really tight or cramped calves from walking or running and these really helped, as well as helping a range of other issues.

    • Iodine tablets - taking the form of a kelp extract is helpful for regulating metabolism via thyroid gland.

    I also have a teaspoon of manuka honey just as an immune and digestive support mechanism. And it tastes great!



  • add cinnamon to that honey, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and as you said, tastes great!!



  • Whats the go with Sushi fullas ? I've been having it once or twice a week for the last month or two. Obviously low fat but there's a fair bit of white rice.



  • Sushi rolls can actually contain more fat and sugar than you think. It depends on the preparation method, but the rice is sometimes held together with solutions containing a lot of these two. White rice also isn't as good as brown.

    I'd limit my intake of rolls and look more toward the raw fish products.



  • [quote name='NTA']Sushi rolls can actually contain more fat and sugar than you think. It depends on the preparation method, but the rice is sometimes held together with solutions containing a lot of these two. White rice also isn't as good as brown.

    I'd limit my intake of rolls and look more toward the raw fish products.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah thats kind of what I thought. Obviously it is thought of as being healthy but still, the rice can feel a bit gluggy.



  • [quote name='NTA']Sushi rolls can actually contain more fat and sugar than you think. It depends on the preparation method, but the rice is sometimes held together with solutions containing a lot of these two.[/QUOTE]

    Not fat. Sushi Rice is held together by it's own starch and a mixture of Rice Wine Vinegar, Sugar and Salt.

    As for the Brown v white rice. White Rice is basically straight carb while Brown will contain much higher levels of vitimans/Minerals and fibre



  • just eat sashimi with minimal sauce. Sashimi is the raw fish, sushi is the generic name.
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  • [quote name='Crucial']Not fat. Sushi Rice is held together by it's own starch and a mixture of Rice Wine Vinegar, Sugar and Salt.[/QUOTE]

    I must be thinking of the fat content from avocado or chicken. My bad.



  • Avocado is good fat though aint it? Need a bit of that.

    I eat sushi for lunch probably once a week whilst at work. Its not great for ya but its not as unhealthy as so many of the options we are often presented with. 3 of the other 4 days I always have tuna and brown rice plus about a cup worth of last nights green veges (maily beans and brocolli) and cottage cheese when I am lucky.

    Friday (ie today woooot!) is treat day. Can eat whatever I want for lunch. Last week a roast pork sandwich on brown bread, today? Who knows maybe a curry but anyway this is the one meal where I can have whatever I like and the good thing is that its not often I crave something as bad as a curry, BK or dirty food court chinese!


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