Brown-Bag Challenge: Week 2 Round-Up

A round-up of blog posts from week 2 of the brown-bag challenge and a recap of our brown-bag twitter chat.

We’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.

Another sandwich spread that was tweeted over and over again was @ dietitianjanel's homemade walnut butter: "just walnuts + salt + food processor. So easy and amazing!"

What was the best thing you ate this week? Read up on what brown-bag participants have been packing in their lunch bags, and for even more advice, join us on Facebook this Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET for a chat with Healthy Eats dietitians, Dana White and Toby Amidor.

Posts from fellow brown-baggers:
Simple Food, Healthy Life: Zesty Lime Black Bean Soup
Nutritionella: Beating Sandwich Burnout
The Undercover Cook: Southwestern Black Bean Dip
Adventures in My Kitchen: Brown-Bag Challenge vs School Lunches
My Wallet is Fat, Not Me: Split White Lentil Stew (Urad Dal)
The Garden Ephemerist: The Reluctant Cook
This Imperfect Plot: Brown-Bag Challenge, Day 5
Netlycka's Distracting Confusion: A Short, Busy Week
Between City Limits: In the Bag
Carmen Fitness: Brown-Bag Challenge Day 12
Essentials of Nutrition: A Teacher's Lunch
Healthy, Kitschy Vegan: I Swear, I'm Still Alive
Not Your Church Cookbook: The 10 Commandments of Leftovers
Diary of a Fat Kid: Week 3, Day 1
Adventures in Everyday: Brown-Bag Challenge
Canadian Mother Musings: Multi-Tasking Brown-Bagger
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