Tag: Brown-Bag Challenge

The Brown-Bag Challenge is Over, Are You Still Packing Your Lunch?

by in Uncategorized, October 7, 2011
brown-bag challenge
Have you put away your lunchbag, or have you continued to pack lunch?

The Brown-Bag Challenge has been over for a full week. The results? Amazing. The challenge turned out to be not-so-challenging after all, thanks to a wonderfully supportive community of healthy lunch-packers. Reading everyone’s posts, emails and tweets was incredibly motivating. And several of Food Network co-workers took the challenge along with me so not only did we eat together in the office and share lunch ideas, we didn’t encourage each other to eat out (like we often do).

I intended to celebrate a successful month by treating myself to a restaurant lunch this week, but I ended up with a lot of dinner leftovers, so continued to brown-bag instead. Next week though, I think I might get myself some Thai food.

What about you? Have you eaten out since the challenge, or are you still packing your lunch?

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Week 4 Round-Up

by in Uncategorized, September 27, 2011
lentil salad
Chez Us's Lentil Salad. Image by Chez Us.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

So an important question has come up during this challenge. If lunch is provided at work — sandwiches ordered for a meeting, a Friday pizza party — does that count for the challenge? Is it cheating if you eat a lunch at work that someone else purchased?

I will say that yes, it does count. If you eat food provided at work, you are still a successful challenge participant. But I say this because I’m guilty. In a 2 hour meeting yesterday that fell smack in the middle of lunch, I ate a sandwich off of the sandwich tray in the conference room. I justified it because I didn’t buy it, and I chose one of the healthier options: raw vegetables and hummus on whole grain bread. I didn’t feel guilty at all.

But did I cheat? What do you think? Have you eaten lunch provided at work during the Brown-Bag Challenge?

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Hot Food Containers

by in Uncategorized, September 26, 2011

aladdin

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

A few weeks ago, we brought you a list of the latest and greatest lunchboxes so those of you participating in the Brown-Bag Challenge could bring your lunch to work in style. But with the arrival of cool fall temperatures, soups and hot dishes are going to start making appearances. We’ve got the best in hot food containers so you can plan for warm meals with no worries.

Bringing fresh vegetables to work just got easier thanks to the Aladdin Collapsible Steamer Set (above). No need to reheat soggy veggies when you can steam fresh ones at work instead. Just add three tablespoons of water and your raw vegetables microwave for three minutes and viola you’ve got a fresh, delicious lunch. Clean-up is just as easy: wash, collapse and store.

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Win This! Brown-Bag Challenge Giveaway

by in Uncategorized, September 23, 2011
bento box
This could be yours.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Our Brown-Bag Challenge is winding down, there’s just one week to go. Think you’ll make it to the end? Would a fancy new bento box keep you motivated? You can buy your own, or you can tell us about your lunch here for a chance to win one. Either way, when you get it, you can fill it with salad, pasta, stir-fry or even sushi. It’s easy to tote and it won’t take up a lot of room in the office ‘fridge and you can clip your fork (or chopsticks) to the top. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe, and BPA free.

Want one?

Just let us know, in the comments, what you brought for your brown-bag lunch today. The contest starts at 10 a.m. EST today, and ends on Monday, September 26 at 10 a.m. EST.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10 a.m. EST on September 23 and 10 a.m. EST on September 26. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $22.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932

So what did you eat for lunch today?

Brown-Bag Challenge: Week 3 Round-Up

by in Uncategorized, September 20, 2011
thai chicken wraps
Ambitious Kitchen's Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Sweet Mango-Cilantro Salsa Photo by: Ambitious Kitchen

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Three weeks into the challenge and we’re still seeing lots of variety in everyone’s lunch bags. Sure there are sandwiches of every variety, but how about this meze platter from Cooking With My Kid? Soup is starting to be quite popular as the weather cools down — check out All Things Splendid’s Wild Rice Soup and the Coupon Chef’s take on Jamie Oliver’s Cauliflower and Cheese Soup. It’s hard to be bored at lunch when you can enjoy Quinoa With Peas and Spinach, Tart Pizza and Tofu Pesto Sandwiches or Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps (pictured above), and for dessert: Apple-Cinnamon Muffin Cake.

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Win This! Brown-Bag Challenge Giveaway

by in Uncategorized, September 16, 2011
lunch box
You could win one of these -- just tell us about your lunch in the comments below.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

We’re committed to a full month of home-packed lunches here at Healthy Eats — that means we’re not only bringing our own lunches each day along with you, but we’re offering tips, recipes and ideas on keeping your lunch healthy and exciting. We’re also giving you the chance to win cool containers in which to pack your healthy lunch.

This week, we’re giving away a lunch container from black+blum called box appetit. It’s more like a ceramic bowl than your standard food container and with better functionality, plus it’s quite packable. The clear, ‘glass like’ lid locks for tight seal, and inside the box, theres a separate dipping area where you can put your salad dressing, soy sauce or hot sauce. It also has a removable inner dish so you can microwave one portion of your meal, and keep the other cold. The box is BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe and comes with its own matching fork.

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Brown-Bag Tips from Big Girls, Small Kitchen

by in Uncategorized, September 14, 2011
hummus wrap
BGSK's ever packable Crunchy Hummus Wrap.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine are the bloggers behind Big Girls, Small Kitchen (BGSK), a food website of accessible recipes and easy entertaining, and Small Kitchen College, a guide to cooking, eating, drinking, and living on- and off-campus. Their first cookbook, In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World, features a foreword by Ina Garten, contains lots of recipes and twenty-something anecdotes, and is in bookstores now.

Back in July, they hosted a Brown-Bag Week of their own on Small Kitchen College to get readers—and themselves—eating homemade food on the go. We checked in with them for lunch-packing tips, since we’re right in the middle of our own such challenge.

HE: What made you decide to do brown-bag challenge?

BGSK: We are big believers in the benefits of bringing your lunch with you to work (we have a whole chapter about “packing the quarter-life lunchbox” in our book!). We wanted to try and get the college set in the habit early. So we decided to challenge post-grads starting first corporate jobs, undergrads doing summer internships, and office-bound “old hats” like our fellow twenty-somethings to share the contents of their lunchboxes with us. And we would do the same.

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Week 2 Round-Up

by in Uncategorized, September 13, 2011

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Week 2 of the challenge was quite an eventful one, despite Monday being a holiday. Everyone involved has been consistent in sharing excellent lunch-packing advice, recipes, snack ideas and photos. We had a twitter chat last Thursday where dozens of brown-baggers chimed in with their lunch ideas. One question we asked, “Any ideas for tasty sandwich spreads besides mayo?” got quite a response. Here are a few of the mayonnaise alternatives offered by our twitter friends:

@lisalibrarian goat cheese, mustard, mashed avocado

@Health_Bean pesto!!!!

@LetsTalkandWalk hummus or mustard

@CarleneFutureRD what about roasted garlic! It gets creamy and spreadable not to mention flavorful.

@JennaReed1 olive tapinade is so tasty on sandwiches instead of mayo!

@zachcrock hot sauce if you like it, I use it in place of mayo.

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Healthy Swaps: Bag Lunches

by in Healthy Tips, September 13, 2011
homemade salad dressing
Try a homemade vinaigrette instead of creamy salad dressing for a 25% reduction in fat and calories.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Packing up for our Brown Bag Challenge? Use these swaps to make your lunch healthy and delicious.

Instead of: Regular cold cuts
Choose: Lower sodium varieties
The Payoff: As much as a 50-percent reduction in salt. Check labels or company websites for info on your favorite brand

More tips for the deli counter

Instead of: Creamy salad dressing
Choose: Vinaigrette dressing
The Payoff: A 25-percent reduction in fat and calories

Make your own salad dressing

Instead of: Peanut Butter & Fluff
Choose: PB & B (banana)
The Payoff: A kid-friendly sandwich without corn syrup and added sugar

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Brown-Bag Challenge Giveaway

by in Uncategorized, September 9, 2011
lunch pot
Want one of these? Enter to win, below.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

We’re doing this month-long pack-your-lunch-for-work challenge, and we mean for you to take your lunch along in style. So along with recipes and tips for how to complete a month of  packed lunches, we’re also giving you a change to win a cool lunch container, courtesy of  black+blum.

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