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What Is Your Favorite Lunch Food?

The other day I was walking through the a grocery store we don't usually shop, but I needed something quick and it was on my way home…

…and I saw arguably the most disgusting food available.  Well, at least the top 10.

Ham and Cheese Loaf.  It was vacuum sealed in the deli container and there were bits of junky looking yellow cheese spread throughout this sponge like looking, overly processed lunch meat

But then, interestingly, I was searching for an image of this "fine" processed, loaf of "disgustingness" when I found a lunch meat that topped it.are cold cuts healthy

I now present to you Ham, Cheese, AND Macaroni Loaf.

But then it made me think.

What do most people eat for lunch?

We talk with people everyday about their food choices … for busy moms who are at home all day, yet trying to lose weight … it's often a quick on the go meal before they run their errands.  Or for those who work in an office, it's usually a quick take out meal, sub sandwich, etc.

So I'd like to think that ham and cheese loaf (or, worse yet, ham, cheese and macaroni loaf) eaters are few and far between…

…but what about other lunch options? 

Cold cuts/deli meats?

Subway or other fast food stops?

Nothing?

What are some common meal items that you eat regularly?

Next week we're delving into the truth behind deli meats, lunchables, and many other options to help you make the best decisions…

23 Responses to What Is Your Favorite Lunch Food?

  1. Tammi T April 23, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    My DH recently had an incident with a high blood pressure reading.  For this reason, we regularly read labels for sodium content.  Processed foods have the highest numbers which boggles the mind.  I recently invested in a meat slicer and started cooking my own turkey breast and nitrates free ham.  The flavor of a home cooked meat on a sandwich is far superior to any deli meats out there.  The fact that its easy to do and far cheaper is another incentive. 

  2. Jennifer April 23, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    If I buy my lunch I normally go to Wendy's and get a broccoli and cheese baked potato with extra broccoli.  Otherwise, I take my lunch to work.

  3. Rebecca April 23, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    I just threw up in my mouth! That is so gross… I wonder what the sodium is in that?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr April 23, 2010 at 9:34 am #

      I’ll have to go back to the store and look … it’s like an “uber” processed food, so that automatically doubles the sodium content. :-)

  4. Jennifer April 23, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    I cut out most processed foods and all added sodium/salt foods over 5 years ago…don't miss the salt a bit!! And there is a difference between added sodium and naturally occurring sodium…you need to look at the INGREDIENT list, not just the sodium amt in the nutrition panel…Some foods (like tomatoes and celery) are higher in NATURAL sodium (A GOOD THING)..Food you need to avoid have the word sodium or salt as part of the ingredient list…

  5. Kevin Orlin Johnson April 23, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Oh, they used to make one with chopped green olives added into the mix.

  6. Amy April 23, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    When I make dinner, I try to think of ways to "repurpose" what I'm making for a lunch the next day. It doesn't always work out, but it's easy to spin your leftovers into new meals if you just do a little extra planning while you're already in kitchen!
    Last night was grilled steak, asparagus and a baked potato. Today I cut up some leftover steak and asparagus and put it on a simple salad that I bought pre-packed at the store with grape tomatoes…same ingredients, new meal! Took me less than 5 minutes to pull everything together this morning and I had a healthy and delicious lunch.

  7. Jessica April 23, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    I love making lunches – so much, in fact, that I started a blog because everybody was always telling me how good my lunches looked and that they wished I would make their lunches! (jessicasbento.wordpress.com)
    I always have a salad or some vegeteble, almost always a fruit, and then something else like soup or pasta salad or just extra add-ons to the salad (like falafel or nuts). I don't think most people realize that it is just as easy to make a healthy lunch if you plan a little. Plus fruits and veggies look so beautiful and appetizing. :-)
    This product you saw is pretty disgusting. What really bothers me, though, is when 'they' market really processed stuff to kids.

  8. Rhonda April 23, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Well Chris, I have to admit growing up in the country that we actually had ham/cheese loaf.    I am SOOO happy I don't eat that stuff any more.  My usual lunch is either tuna fish that I make myself, hummus with celery, grape tomatos, or carrot sticks.  Also, I like to use the hummus as a spread on whole wheat wrap with turkey.  If my husband and I go out for lunch I try to stick with a salad and have the dressing on the side.  It is the Bootcamp lifestyle that has changed the way I look at my diet.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr April 23, 2010 at 11:22 am #

      Rhonda, say it ain’t so? Really — people actually DO eat that stuff? Ha ha. You’re new choices are surely just a bit better for you and your body. :-)

  9. Shannon Strulson April 23, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I am driving all day for my job so I usually just find a Subway to eat at. I usually get the same thing everyday, a 6 inch oven roasted chicken breast. It gets really boring, but since I am stuck in a truck all day my options are limited. I would love ideas for a filling, low calorie lunch that I can take with me (and not have to worry about spoiling), or other restaurant options.

  10. Steph April 23, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    I have to pack my lunch every day.  The closest restaurant or grocery is at least 25 minutes drive one way.  If you don't count the super scary, used-to-be gas station that offers at least one of anything you could ever want–or not want.  My go to lunch is usually some variation on the spinach salad.  It is so easy and fast to throw a couple of large handfuls of spinach in a bowl and add whatever fruit/nut combination I have on hand.  A couple of tablespoons of balsamic and even a bit of feta cheese make it so good!  It always looks so pretty with the colorful berries against the dark green spinach leaves.  Even the guy that eats out of the monster dorito bag every day has commented that it looks so good!  

  11. Mary April 23, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Yep….my mom & dad used to buy pickle & pimento loaf….very similar to your "disgusting" example.   So growing up this stuff was "normal" in my household.    20 years of programming, 10 years to figure out it was probably not the healthiest way to eat and now another 20 to reprogram myself, with lots of "slips" along the way.  Healthy or not…..foods I grew up with sometimes still cross my mind as a choice.  I figure by the time I'm 50 I should be getting close to a healthier lifestyle with more mindful eating.  I try to eat deli turkey or ham sandwich, whole wheat bread w/no mayo and a broth soup for lunch OR a big salad with lo fat dressing.  

    • Mary April 25, 2010 at 5:37 am #

      sorry for the double post……I got an error message when I hit "submit" on this one and it said that it didn't post.

  12. Mary April 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Yep….my parents bought pickle & pimento loaf regularly when I was growing up…very similar to your example here.  So these foods were normal in my household.  So I figure 20 years of programming, 10 years to figure out it wasn't so healthy and another 20 years to reprogram myself with more mindful, healthly eating.   I figure by the time I'm 50 I should be at a pretty good place.  Its not easy….sometimes the old "normal" even sounds "good".   I try for deli turkey or ham on ww bread and a broth soup or a big salad with lo fat dressing for lunch. 

  13. ben April 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    chris, wow, that is the most digusting thing i have seen, but i have not seen that in the store, but if i do, i will report it to the manager…ha ha…
    i never had a problem growing up such like that, my mother always made a healthy menu for lunch / or make a lunch for us take to school.  usually a sandwich with friut or chips…. or mix it up. 
    for one thing about the box lunches grosses me out is that taste is so bland and disgusting!    i don't buy that much tv dinner unless it is kashi brand– it is okay, but i fear that plastic stuff could be harrmful to put in our bodies,  i rather eat a fresh food that  is never cover with a plastic cover.  if i am traveling- what can i do?  lol…. i normally don't like to eat out because of germs roam around the restruant.  luckly i never get sick.  i am very blessed about that.   yes, subway is okay, but i am kind of sick of it.  i have eaten at the organic store and that is the best thing i have had in my mouth.  they do a great job cooking or making sandwiches.  

  14. Carrie Grant April 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    I have a gross food example…SPAM MUSUBI.  I lived in Hawaii for a couple years and this was a creation I wish I had never seen.  It is a patty of white rice, in the shape of the spam slice that sits on it, then wrapped in nori paper (sea weed), and kept warm. Let me tell ya, the smell is funky too.  I refused to ever try it…but it has stayed at the top of my "gross foods" list for ten years now!  FYI – the people of Hawaii love SPAM, and there is even a restaurant devoted to it.  YUCK!  S, now if I am going to have something at luch that looks "sushi like" I am going to stick to the real thing, but with brown rice and low sodium soy sauce.

  15. Mary K April 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    I can beat it all. At the grocery I worked at we would sell this stuff called “head cheese” and it was congealled grissle prepackaged stuff. I swear I think it was made from a ground up pig’s head. It scared me!

  16. Adam April 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    A HUGE salad. Every single day for lunch. Here is a typical one,
    Kale, Spinach, Tomatos, mushrooms, asparagus, black beans, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and a half an avocado.  Little bit of salt & pepper and balsamic vin.   I usually need a gallon bucket to make my salads in!

  17. sarah April 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Lunch starts with an apple, then 30 minutes later I'll have an organic whole wheat wrap that I'll have made myself in the morning.
    Processed? No thanks, I don't need the cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol, or otherwise debilitating additives :-(

  18. KateB April 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    For a super quick lunch I do fat-free refried beans and low-fat cheese in a whole wheat tortilla! Seriously, ready in under 2 minutes with microwaving for 1 min! Otherwise, left-over homemade soup (lentil, tortilla, white bean) or a big salad (i'm diggin' the arugula, low-fat crab cake and goat cheese salad these days) I'm lucky though since I work from home! Although the bean burrito I used to wrap up all the time and take to work.
    If I have to do fast food I try to stick to a Wendy's baked potato with a small chili – i don't even let myself think before I order otherwise I know I'll be tempted to get fries and fried chicken sandwich!  I've check the fat and fiber combo of the potatoe and chili but not the sodium. I'll have to check it out!
    My big issue though is avoiding the late afternoon sugar/salt (ironically enough!) cravings.

  19. Susan April 24, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    As Carrie's mom, I have to second her remarks about Spam misubi. Another very strange food I saw while living in Hawaii was bright green seaweed jello (out of a can, like canned cranberry jelly), served with maple syrup! Bleh!
    On the other hand, it was probably healthier than ham/cheese/macaroni loaf!

  20. Kim April 24, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    My favorite is a salad with whatever greens I have on hand, grape tomatoes, cuke slices, an ounce of crumbled bleu cheese, some protein (usually leftover of whatever meat we had for dinner the night before, but sometimes a boiled egg)  maybe some avocado.  My favorite is the dressing — I hate packing little containers of dressing so I slice a lemon in half and stick it in the container with the salad.  At lunchtime, I squeeze the lemon over the salad, and ready to go! 

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