As restaurant portions grow increasingly larger (and so do Americans' waistlines), bringing your lunch to work is a great way to exercise control over your diet. Dont have time, you say, to pack your own lunch in the morning? Keep a mini pantry of healthy nonperishables at your office, so a delicious, fast, and healthy snack or lunch is as near as your office fridge or desk drawer. Get started by taking this grocery list to your store:


The Office Freezer

  • Frozen produce like broccoli and peas or mixed veggies
  • Frozen entrees like Amys new Brown Rice Bowl With Black-Eyed Peas & Veggies or Black Bean Vegetable Burrito; vegetarian dishes from the new Moosewood line, of cookbook fame (the Moroccan Stew and the Southwest Cornbread and Red Beans taste great); or quick, convenient chicken nuggets made by Ians or Applegate Farms


The Office Refrigerator

  • Vegetables like sliced cucumber, baby carrots, and cherry tomatoes (prepare at the beginning of the week)
  • Cheeses like Fontina, Gorgonzola, or shredded Cheddar
  • Turkey and other cold cuts
  • Prewashed salad greens and low-fat salad dressing
  • Baked tofu such as Wildwoods, which comes in flavors like teriyaki and Aloha (marinated with ginger and pineapple)
  • Condiments like salsa, your favorite mustard, and low-fat mayo to kick up any entree


The Desk Drawer

  • Cans of black beans and chickpeas
  • Tuna packets that dont require draining
  • Rice noodles and bulgur (steep in hot water to prepare)
  • Potatoes (zap in the microwave for 10 minutes)
  • Whole-grain bread or tortillas for a quick sandwich or wrap
  • Just-add-water soups, like Fantastics CarbTastic Soups (especially the Shiitake Mushroom and Asian Ginger Broccoli) and Big Soup Noodle Bowls
  • Slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, or dried fruits for salad toppings
  • Can opener, bowl, and utensils