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Old 03-04-09, 03:01 PM   #1
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LUNCH CHALLENGE: Jersey pockets-no fridge-no nuke

I started this thread in T&N, but wanted to link it here since the commuting experts hang out here.
LUNCH CHALLENGE: Jersey pockets-no fridge-no nuke
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Old 03-04-09, 03:08 PM   #2
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Put some cash in your pocket and eat out?

I guess that's cheating.
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- PB & J
- Baked potato that is nuked at home then wrapped in foil (This works surprisingly well. Have toppings at work to put on it.)
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Old 03-04-09, 03:10 PM   #4
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So... nutrient dense. Figs. Lots of figs.
Mixed nuts.
You got me. With those requirements I would eat lunch at souper salad instead.
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Old 03-04-09, 03:11 PM   #5
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Use a messenger bag.
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I like to put cereal in a ziplock. Its filling, and fortified so I get vitamins too.
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Old 03-04-09, 03:30 PM   #7
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Throw some cold cuts and cheese in a ziploc bag, making it as small as possible. freeze that. Throw that and a folded pita (this works cause it dosen't get smashed) in a bag and in your jersey pocket. It'll thaw enough by lunch time.
-or- if you vegetarian, hummus works too.

that said, i would get a backpack and put a better lunch in it.
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Bake yourself some nice dense whole wheat bread with lots of dried fruit in it. Think of a giant, moist brick. Once you have the base, add peanut butter.
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I eat 2 packets for lunch. I get the hot water from the coffee maker.

For afternoon snack you can't beat an apple/pear or some other fruit.
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Canned and fresh (raw) vegetables
fresh fruit
egg whites (cooked and brought from home)
Nuts


Pre-packaged would be a last resort.
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What kind of office environment do you work in?? Screw that.

Talk to your coworkers about pitching in to buy a fridge and microwave for the office. A used fridge and new mini microwave would prolly run you guys $100 total. Split the cost amongst the willing. Those who don't pay... don't play.

Then on your car driving days... stock the fridge with frozen meals for the week. There is no substitute for hot food in the belly.
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well at my former job i didn't start till 10am and was in an air conditioned office.
I would eat breakfast at from the cafe after i leave the house (drink a coffee and eat a jam filled crescent while i walked my bike, so breakfast is out)

But i would carry a chicken cranberry salad sandwich (from the same cafe) in one pocket, eat it at 12pm, then carry a power bar and banana for snack in the middle of the day. pretty simple.

except, i carried it in my messenger bag, but all of it would fit in my jersey pockets if i wanted it to.
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Apple, orange and banana.

Think Carmen Miranda, only with a helmet. And hold the pineapple.

Of course, I can't wait for fresh strawberry and cherry season. Farm stands are my favorite stops.
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This will keep you going. You may mess your pants, but you will not be hungry. I used to eat this stuff when cross country skiing and winter camping. This amount of butter only makes sense if you are sleeping in something you made out of snow, or, erh, if you only have 1 jersey pocket to load food into.

Also, sometimes my wife and I make about a dozen burritos on Sunday and wrap them in foil. They make a great lunch for the week. I also keep nuts in my office.
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I cheat. I'll drive the car one day a week and bring food and clothing for the week.

I'd rather commute 4 days a week and keep my sanity than stop commuting becouse the whole thing became impossible.

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Whole wheat bread, some sliced tomatoes, some sealed cheese like the little bon bells.
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whole wheat bread, salami, cheese and mustard, i used to carry that when i would be hiking. Stable, not too worry about with hiking with it for a day, not many issues with spoilage.
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This seems like a trick question.
You need to plan two meals, adequate for fueling 30 mile days.
Yet fit in a pocket. No cooling or heating available.
There are plenty of solutions with no nutrition.
IMHO, if you want to eat healthy in this scenario, you're screwed.

I'd concentrate on getting microwave / dorm type fridge in your work environment. Then stock up on "real" food from the grocer. No daily carrying. Much less headache. Much healthier.

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whole wheat bread, salami, cheese and mustard, i used to carry that when i would be hiking. Stable, not too worry about with hiking with it for a day, not many issues with spoilage.
Yep. You can also throw in a tin of smoked fish and some nuts (I like pistachios) Cheddar is good in cool weather, but I like the babybells in warm weather as they keep very well without going greasy. Kind of expensive though.
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3 cans of Ensure high protein formulation. You can easily survive 30 miles on that.
I've had days where I get stuck in meetings though lunch and I live on a bottle of Accelerade and a gel for breakfast, and a Clif bar for lunch... 25 - 30 miles for my round trip.
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Sandwiches like pb&j or some cheese/lunchmeat and fruit.
They'll last fine without a fridge.
Worked for me all through grade school.
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1. Onion sandwich
2. Can of High Life
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Sandwiches like pb&j or some cheese/lunchmeat and fruit.
They'll last fine without a fridge.
Worked for me all through grade school.
+1 on this. When I started working in the factory way back when we didn't have microwaves or refrigerators. We brought our lunch to work in an old school metal lunch box and it sandwiches and chips and what ever we could stuff in there stayed fine till lunch. This was in Ohio where it got hot in the summer and all was well. Heck there are a myriad of prepared items these days that keep well without refrigeration.
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PB&J.

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Banana and a Cliff bar.
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