By Health.com
May 13, 2013

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

  • 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

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    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

    • 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

  • 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

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    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

    • 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

  • 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
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