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Lunch Ideas for High Schooler?

Hey everyone!

I'm a senior, and don't have a lunch period (so my schedule would be shorter) - any ideas for lunches that I could eat in class quietly?

I tried sandwhiches, but it got schmushed in my bag - so perhaps an idea for that too?

So far I've been trying 2-3 100 cal snack packs (throughout the day) or 2 oz of chips measured out, again through out the day. I want to try granola, but does anyone have a brand that's not so sugar high?

Thanks! :]

Wed. Sep 5, 8:59pm

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I am a former teacher and my school didn't allow any sort of food or beverage. Times change! :) Maybe if you had a small cooler in your back pack could you pack some yogurt and a granola bar or some cottage cheese and pretzels? None of that seems like enough for a full meal. Maybe some one else has a better idea. Good luck!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007, 9:45 PM

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You can get tupperware containers exactly the size of a sandwich. Might be best to only eat half at a time, to keep things on the down-low.

How about those cereal bars, like Special K or Honey Nut Cheerios? Kashi makes some really tasty snack bars, 150-160 calories, with lots of fiber and a shot of protein.

Fruits can be messy...banana (eat early in the day, because it goes brown fast in your bag) is a tidy choice, as is a measured out portion of grapes.

I saw an ad in one of my magazines for a tupperware container intended for salad with a built-in ice pack, a separate little area for the dressing, and even an attached fork. I realize salads are not subtle enough for classroom eating, but the container would work for yogurt or other small things that need to be kept chilled.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007, 10:41 PM

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Like the previous poster mentioned, if you're able to take a small lunchbag to keep things cool you could pack string cheese, a sandwich placed inside a disposable plastic container to keep it from getting smashed, apple slices or grapes. Other room temperature ideas might include nuts, granola bars (Quaker has a 25% reduced sugar that's only 100 cals plus fiber and calcium benefits), or dried fruit. Hope this helps!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007, 10:43 PM

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the BEST lunch containers!!

I found the most fabulous plastic lunch containers at Target called "Fresh & Fit" and they have perfect little freezer inserts. With the lunchbox you can pack a sandwich and two little containers of veggies or fruit and it stays cold for 6 hours. The salad container stores the dressing (nice and cold) until you need it.

Below is a link....they have a number of great products.


Thursday, September 06, 2007, 8:44 AM

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OP here

I should add..I bring a "purse" to's a large purse..but still a purse..mmmm..about the size of a textbook? lol

Yeah. So I don't know how much tupperware I'm gonna fit in there :O...but thanks for the other ideas! And the link is fantastic! Thanks!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007, 10:48 PM

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I need protien to keep me going. I find m lo fat cheese sticks and a bannana are great for me. If you don't like cheese sticks there are some bars like kellogs that have alot of protien and keep yourself hydrated. I also lovre hard biloed eggs but they can smell.

Thursday, September 06, 2007, 11:23 PM

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I'd suggest carrying something a bit bigger than your current purse, so you can take reasonably healthy foods with you. I realize it's a convenience to carry so little, as is having a schedule that gets you out earlier, but you're doing this almost every day for a whole school year. You don't want to hurt your health in order to have a bit more convenience.

I'd recommend string cheese and an apple - you can eat an apple in the hallway walking between class if it's too noisy in class. Also, protein bars.

Friday, September 07, 2007, 12:14 PM

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Chips, granola, not so quiet. Put your sandwich in a plastic container and it won't get smooshed. I am shocked that any school would allow you to eat in class. Where do you live?

Friday, September 07, 2007, 2:29 PM

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to cut down on crunch try crisp-steamed veggies like broccoli and cauliflower.
Just gently cook in the microwave or steamer to take off the crunch, but not to mush.
if you are really hard-core healthy, i've seen people eat tofu sandwhiches in class. you need to get a really firm, marinated tofu and get as much liquid as you can out before packing it. use the tofu as a a bread replacement or as a meat replacement

Friday, September 07, 2007, 6:52 PM

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I just graduated high school two years ago and we were allowed to eat in class, at the discretion of the teacher. But it would be difficult to have a whole lunch while trying to take notes and participate! I think small snacks throughout the day are your best bet. Just try not to have so many processed carbs. String cheese is great, as are grapes or pre-sliced apples. You can buy kinds that don't turn brown and put them in a small baggie. Another idea I had was to make a sandwich and cut in fourths and put in a small Tupperware container. That way its convienent and discreet to eat the small pieces as you go throughout your day.

Friday, September 07, 2007, 9:34 PM

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OP back

But I LIKE my bag XD lol, I know, it's not practical.

As for everyone, thanks, these are really good ideas!

Maybe I can fit the sandwhich 4ths into of those small tupperwares...

And my little lunch things usually add up to about 400-500 cals, which is comfortable for lunch, and keeps me happy. :]

Oh and I live in NY, but the eating is at the discretion of the teacher, or if you're very quiet about it (and it's not a lab class...duh...chemicals everywhere..gross!), then they pretty much don't care. As long as you don't leave junk everywhere and are in good standing with the teacher (do you hw, act nice in class, etc), which i am.

They understand that a few of us don't have lunch pds and are concerned about it lol

Saturday, September 08, 2007, 11:42 AM

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