What is in your lunch box? - page 3

What do you bring for lunch? I work 12 hour days, and seem to get so low on energy around 5pm. What are the energy generating secrets- is it coffee, energy bars or something else?... Read More

  1. by   nurseinlimbo
    I also bring my yoga mat and pilates tapes to work with me on nights, and during my break when things are quiet we will sometimes do a 1/2 hour ab workout or legs, It helps me to wake up at 3am when I usually am starting to drag, and gets me through the rest of the shift.
  2. by   ElvishDNP
    I usu bring a can of caffeine in some form. A Campbell's soup-to-go in whatever flavor I feel like that day...tomato is my fave. Sometimes an apple. Sometimes tuna & whole-wheat crackers. I'm not a big eater @ night but I found if I didn't eat something, preferably protein, I wake up about 1pm starving &then can't get back to sleep after eating. Kinda forced me into eating lunch at 3am.
  3. by   banditrn
    I work nites and take a turkey and cheez or ham and cheez sandwich - sometimes some string cheese. I also usually carry packs of pb crackers and some Slim Fast granola bars in my work bag, but lately I've been passing these out to the CNAs where I work.
  4. by   cisco
    I've been doing low carb...the Atkins peanut butter/choc protein bars are excellent, filling and easy to grab/eat. Also, string cheese wrapped in deli turkey. Atkins protein drinks, drink 1/2 at a time, it's filling and gives some sustained energy too.
  5. by   Tweety
    an apple and an oragne or grapefruit for the morningtime, usually when I'm charting, or gathering meds, or on the run. Lunch is usually sandwich like a veggie burger on whole grain bread, a couple of vegetables, maybe a yogurt. PM snack is berries.
  6. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    It varies. PB&J sandwich. Apple or banana. Sometimes plain bread or crackers and I buy a package of peanuts or a snickers bar from the machine. Sometimes cereal with powdered mild (just add water )Sometimes I send a CNA across the ally to Carl's Jr to get me a hamburger or sausage biscuit and OJ.
    Oh, yes, and usually lots of coffee and/or tea. Sometimes cola.
    Last edit by Betty_SPN_KS on Mar 26, '07
  7. by   Otessa
    I bring along almonds and cranberries for an afternoon snack and a yogurt.
  8. by   casi
    Because I'm a student and I don't have time to cook or the money to buy a $5 sandwich I could make for a dollar I've started making my own frozen meals. I just cook in bulk and throw serving sizes in individual glad containers and throw them in the freezer. I do sandwiches, left overs, frozen dinners, occassionally I'll bring a potatoe and throw it in the microwave and top it with cheese and butter.

    I also bring anything single serving snack size. Fruit snacks, granola bars, peanutbutter crackers. Or anything I can throw in a ziplock baggie. Fruit, veggies, crackers, chips, or peanut M&Ms.

    I'm not exactly a healthy cooker (I'll have to learn that), but this is a pretty effective method for me.
  9. by   emnicams
    I don't really eat that many snacks at work. I LOVE those South Beach Diet wraps and usually bring one of those for lunch, or a Lean Cuisine, and baked chips or pretzels. And either yogurt or applesauce for dessert. I need to start eating more veggies, you guys are making me feel inferior. LOL.
  10. by   Great_Nurse2b
    Left overs from the night before with the way i cook, it always taste better the day after! LOL! If i dont make dinner, a turkey sandwich and a peach yougurt is my meal of choice.
  11. by   ShayRN
    Quote from nurseinlimbo
    I also bring my yoga mat and pilates tapes to work with me on nights, and during my break when things are quiet we will sometimes do a 1/2 hour ab workout or legs, It helps me to wake up at 3am when I usually am starting to drag, and gets me through the rest of the shift.
    Are you serious?:bowingpur

    I am going to be honest here. Cold pizza, take out chinese, and left overs are the staples in my diet.
  12. by   abbaking
    Alot of coffee (noc shift), Pepsi or Coke , Snickers, hearty salad with raw broccoli, spinich, jalapenos and carrots. I also eat the carbs and protein usually pasta with vegetarian meats (morningstar farms vegesteak).
  13. by   medsurgrnco
    I find I want something warm when I take my lunch break on a night shift. I take some kind of frozen dinner - recent favorite brands are Lean Cuisine, Kashi, Ethnic Gourmet, and Smokey Robinson. I also eat the individual size frozen steamed veggies and a Lean Pocket. I drink water while taking report and here and there, coffee with lunch, and then a flavored water drink later. I don't eat while working due to sanitary concerns and never take breaks, so I eat a large lunch and also eat a good-sized meal (usually pasta) before work.

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