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Pack your lunch + A giveaway! - Eat on the Run

Pack your lunch + A giveaway!

by Melissa on April 25, 2012

I have a pact that I make with myself every week. I can only purchase 1 lunch.

Yep, so that means I have to come up with 4 lunches and figure out a way to get them to work each day.  Guess what?  It’s super easy!

Usually I pack a salad because I find it to be easy to throw together and it’s a great opportunity to up my veggie intake.  Sometimes I like to take a whole wheat wrap with veggies and hummus.  Or soup!  Soup is great, especially on those cold afternoons.

Packing your own lunch also leads to some great health benefits:

  • Calorie and portion control
  • You know what’s in your lunch, no mystery ingredients!
  • Less wasted time.  Think about the time it takes to leave the office, order your food, and then eat it and get back.
  • Money saved! The average price of a take out lunch is $7, multiply that by 5, that’s $35/week, and $1700/year.  Save that money for a nice trip to Hawaii.

But to successfully pack your lunch each day you need the proper containers to get it to work.  You need something leak-proof (who likes a purse that smells like garlic hummus?), something microwaveable for reheating leftovers or soups, and something that will last through numerous washes and reheats.

Oxo recently sent me one of their products to review.  It is their Good Grips Lock Top containers.

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I said yes to Oxo because it is a company that I trust.  I own multiple products from them (can opener, whisk etc) and each product has lasted with minimal wear. 

With one large container that holds over 6 cups and four mini ones, I knew that the assortment would be perfect for lunches. 

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And just like my criteria above, they are leak proof and durable!  Win win!  So I gave them a test drive this week to see how they worked.

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I took some of my leftover Mexi-Cali Pizza (recipe coming soon!), veggies, and of course some hummus. Not only did the containers hold up but the food stayed fresh and nothing leaked, not even the garlic smell! 

Even if you’re not a huge lunch packer, Oxo Good Grips are great for everyday storage and they can be used in the freezer to keep leftovers. 

But, Oxo didn’t want me to be the only one to try out the containers!

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They sent me two sets!!! One for me, and one for one of my readers!

So let’s start the giveaway process :)

OXO GIVEAWAY!!!

Ways to enter:

Mandatory Entry (must do this to enter):

Extra Entries (for extra chances to win):

  • Comment on this post with your favorite packed lunch
  • Tweet this giveaway mentioning @irunlikeagurl

 

BONUS! For the person who wins, I’ll be sending three of my favorite packed lunch recipes, with each recipe being under 400 calories.

Giveaway runs until April 27th, 2012 at 9pm.  Winner will be chosen April 28th, 2012.

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Jessica Mottilla April 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I never Liked you on facebook, cause you always posted a link to your blog! But now I did :)

My favorite lunch to pack is a salad with a vegetarian protein – - like chickpeas, blackbeans, or tempeh! I tend to always have a meat for dinner, so this helps me not get too much in one day!

Congrats on UMD Internship :)

-Jess

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Laurel C April 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I shared on Facebook!

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Laurel C April 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm
Laurel C April 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

My favorite packed lunch is a good ‘ol sandwich, a container of mixed chopped veggies, and greek yogurt! it’s perfect :)

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Nikki April 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I like eat on the run on facebook! :)

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Nikki April 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I’m all about the 5 year old lunch…pb&j, apples, pretzels, and some yogurt :)

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Nicole April 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Me,too!

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Marian E April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hi there! I’ve been following you in my google reader for awhile now and I really enjoy being a regular reader. Sorry for not commenting on a regular basis, but I am still reading so keep posting. :) Anyway, my favorite packed lunch is a good ol’ salad with a ton of toppings. Those toppings include golden raisins, craisins, walnuts, almonds, croutons- anything that will add some crunch. I usually enjoy this with some fresh vegetables like peppers or carrots.

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Marian E April 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I liked your page on Facebook and I posted on my wall about your site!

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RunInBoise April 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I liked your FB page.

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Ashley Fluke April 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I liked eat on the run on FB :)

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Ashley Fluke April 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

My favorite packed lunch is salad, I especially love cucumbers on a salad, yum :)

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Ashley Fluke April 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I reposted to FB

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Jean April 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My favorite packed lunch is a sandwich!

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Jean April 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I liked you on facebook

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She Rocks Fitness April 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I “liked” you on Facebook!

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Jamie Walker April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

My fave packed lunch is a salad with veggies + hummus and fruit. Delicious, healthy…and easy to prepare and pack! I am a big lunch packer. I HATE spending so much money on food out during the work week — seems like such a waste!

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Jamie Walker April 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I reposted on Facebook!

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She Rocks Fitness April 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Favorite packed lunch is always a BIG OLD salad with homemade egg salad, sprouts, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and peppers. Love it this time of year when the temperatures are getting warmer! :)

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Katherine Violan April 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

My favorite packed lunch is a turkey wrap that I make myself and baby carrots. I would like to try some of your packed lunch recipes that are under 400 calories.

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She Rocks Fitness April 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Tweeted about this giveaway!

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Danielle April 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Just posted your contest on my latest blog! :)

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Helen Wolfe April 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

My fav is an ezekial wrap with chicken and lots of veggies! Posted to FB :)

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Jenna B April 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Favorite Eat on the Run? Everything!
I pack anything leftover for lunches (and often breakfast) all but maybe twice a month.

I do love a good tupperware bowl of
diced grilled chicken with tons of fresh salsa and rice!

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Anna April 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I liked on FB.

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Anna April 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

My fave packed lunch is a turkey wrap in a tortilla with cucumber strips.

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Anna April 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I tweeted it. I’m @amiller7905

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Cindy A. April 26, 2012 at 12:20 am

Thank you so much for offering such a great giveaway! I like you on Facebook (Cindy A.) and shared the giveaway on my page.

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=297527016991367&id=100000982041953

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Cindy A. April 26, 2012 at 12:51 am

My favorite is shredded chicken over salad greens with cucumbers, raisins, almonds, cheddar cheese, and light raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Add a sweetened iced tea and you have pure lunch perfection.

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Cindy A. April 26, 2012 at 12:53 am
Lena @Fit on the Rocks April 26, 2012 at 3:35 am

I followed you on Facebook!

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Lena @Fit on the Rocks April 26, 2012 at 3:38 am

I love tupperware, especially leak-proof tupperware. I usually pack salads or stir-frys.

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