It pays to pack your own.  A bagged lunch from home is not only more nutritious than restaurant food, it's also much cheaper!  If you're looking to lose weight, a packed lunch can still fill you up for much fewer calories.  Here are some lunch ideas that are around 300 calories:
  • 1 veggie patty in a whole wheat pita pocket with sprouts and 1 Tbsp tahini
  • ½ cup brown rice with ½ cup chickpeas, 1 cup spinach, and ¼ cup curry sauce
  • 2 cups mixed greens topped with 3 oz grilled chicken breast, 8 halved cherry tomatoes, 1 Tbsp each olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and whole grain mustard
  • Sandwich made with 2 slices whole grain bread, 2 Tbsp hummus, lettuce, sprouts, and sliced tomato
  • ½ cup cold buckwheat noodles tossed with 1 tsp toasted sesame oil, sliced carrots, green onions, and ¼ package baked tofu
  • Baked quesadilla made with 2 corn tortillas, ½ cup black beans, 2 Tbsp salsa, 1 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, and 1 Tbsp avocado
  • ½ cup quinoa, ½ cup lentils, 1 cup steamed kale, 1 minced garlic clove, tossed with 2 tsp olive oil

If you want to bulk up your portion size, pile on the fresh vegetables!  Veggies have tons of great nutrients and not a lot of calories.

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