Eek! Nutritious Lunch for Busy Writers

By Milli Thornton

Milli's FlatOut Outrageous Wrapper

Milli's FlatOut Outrageous Wrapper

We all know writers with healthy eating habits, right?

(That wasn’t me winking. Or thinking of my friend who deifies French fries.)

If you’re guilty like me, you sometimes do things you know would not get you the Oprah seal of approval.

Go on, admit it. When was the last time you drank another cup of coffee when you should have been eating a protein breakfast—because you were glued to someone’s better-than-stable-blood-sugar blog for writers?

How abut the last time you stuck a frozen thing in the microwave for lunch because you were having a writing binge and you didn’t care if you starved? (But the belly rumbles were distracting you, so you made a dash to the nuke machine.)

Since I’ve been doing a few similar things lately, I thought I’d remotivate myself by posting my special recipe for Milli’s FlatOut Outrageous Wrappers. This recipe is also perfect for our 10K Days coming up this week.

Naturally, you can substitute ingredients and do what works for you. If you try it, please let me know any modifications you made that are yummalicious enough to share.

Milli’s FlatOut Outrageous Wrapper

FlatOut flatbread
Smart Balance Omega Plus Mayonnaise
Plainville Farms Oven-Roasted Sliced Turkey Breast*
Adam’s Reserve New York Extra Sharp Cheese
Natures Basket Organic Sweet Baby Lettuce**
Bolthouse Farms Matchstix French-Cut Carrots***
Dried Cranberries (or use cranberry sauce)
Cucumber (or use diced celery for extra crunch)
Sliced or diced red onion

* No Antibiotics – Vegetarian Fed – Humanely Raised – No Growth Hormones

** The plastic package is made from plants!

*** No preservatives

If your local store doesn’t carry much in the way of organic, I recommend reading labels. Avoid anything marked “low-fat” . . . unless it passes the squinty-eyed label-reading test. If you see sucrose, glucose or fructose featured high on the list (and if you still want your lunch to be healthy) you can shake your fist and swear at the marketing whizzes for their creative labeling.

By the way. This recipe doesn’t have to take much longer than microwaved Chicken Surprise. Once you get in the swing of things, these beauties take a mere 5-10 minutes to assemble.


FEELING INSPIRED? We welcome contributions to our new Healthy Writers series. If you’ve got a healthy-lifestyle tip for writers (one that’s fun and doable for most folks but not necessarily a recipe), please visit our guest blogger invitation page.

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Milli Thornton


Milli Thornton is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at Screenwriting in the Boonies and Milliver’s Travels and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse.

20 Responses to Eek! Nutritious Lunch for Busy Writers
  1. Lois
    February 21, 2011 | 9:40 AM

    Milli, that sounds super yummy! 😀

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 21, 2011 | 10:06 AM

      Loved the photos on your Real Post. Your tea cart looks like the perfect refreshment station to go with this lunch for a 10K Day.

      • Lois
        February 21, 2011 | 10:40 AM

        Oh, it is! 😀

        I just bought some pretty fabric this weekend (it has roses and tea pots and tea cups on it) that I’ll be sending to a friend. She’s going to sew me a mat for the top of the cart. I can’t wait! It’s part of a Handmade Exchange we’re doing. I made her a pair of handwarmers, and she made me a pillowcase for my mom’s bed. I’m about to start making her some tube socks, and she’s going to make me the tea cart mat topper. 🙂

        • @fearofwriting
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          February 21, 2011 | 10:42 AM

          Lois, the Handmade Exchange sounds wonderful!

          I saw the material for your cart cover. It’s very pretty. Also very thematic.

          • Lois
            February 21, 2011 | 10:47 AM

            It is! 😀 I got the idea from a friend in Alaska who got the idea from another blogger. She’s making me another pysanky egg, and I’ve made her a pair of handwarmers, as well, but I feel I have to add something else…maybe an art card or two. She likes those. 🙂

            It’s very pretty, for sure! When I first saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my cart. I may just have to go back and get some more…maybe make some coasters and a teapot or French press cozy. 😉 I thought the colors were perfect because the walls in my studio are a mossy green, and I have some decorative boxes that have a lot of pink in them. It really is perfect! 😀

  2. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    February 21, 2011 | 10:31 AM

    Ah-ha! I knew a writer other than myself was trying to get back to better eating habits. I just didn’t know who it was.

    I use low carb wraps. I’ve gotten quite fond of them, but realize that not everyone would like the taste of them. But there’s a ton of things you can put in a wrap. Tuna salad, chicken salad, roast, turkey and load it up with veggies.

    It’s also very cool that you’re starting a Healthy Writer’s series. That could be right up my alley. Especially since I’m really working on making the health site my main focus until I’m ready to work on the “major” project (which will incorporate the health site.)

    As for eating healthy, we’ve been adding more fruit to our diet. A whole grapefruit for under 100 calories–you can’t beat that with an ugly stick. 🙂

    I’m glad you’re starting this. We all need support and motivation.

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 21, 2011 | 10:40 AM

      Glad you like the sound of the new series. (Actually, it was a no-brainer that *you* would like it.) I’ll look forward to any contributions you feel like making.

      You’ll be pleased to know I’m typing this after having just eaten my protein breakfast. Gotta walk the talk 😉 Enjoy your grapefruit.

    • Lois
      February 21, 2011 | 10:42 AM

      That’s TWO writers. You’ve got to count me in there, too, Patti. 😉

      I have to admit, though, that my favorite lunch lately is a nice piece of salmon cooked with a little pesto and with hot veggies on the side (preferably Brussels sprouts sprinkled with just a little Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese). Can’t beat that with an ugly stick, either! 😛

      • @fearofwriting
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 21, 2011 | 10:43 AM

        That salmon lunch sounds divine!

        • Lois
          February 21, 2011 | 10:47 AM

          It is! My mouth’s watering just thinking about it. 🙂

          • Patti Stafford
            Twitter: pattistafford
            February 21, 2011 | 11:04 AM

            Yes, yes. That’s THREE of us. Who else can we get on board?

            Kevin and I only like salmon fixed one way–and it’s not exactly low calorie. LOL. I make a creamy sauce of mayo, cream cheese and lots of Parmesan, sprinkle the salmon with a little lemon pepper, cover it with the cream sauce and then bake it. It’s delish, but like I said, not low cal.

            I haven’t done anything really healthy in months (until recently) so I feel like a big fraud running a health site, but it’s also inspiration to get off my bum and do something about it. I am feeling better.

            Our eating habits are not overly easy. There’s sooooooooo many things that Kevin will not touch. But, we’re figuring it all out.

            • Lois
              February 21, 2011 | 11:27 AM

              Sounds very yummy…and very artery clogging! LOL!

              I think my problem is that I eat way too many carbs (i.e.: breads, pasta, sweets). I need to cut waaaay back on them. 😉

              • Patti Stafford
                Twitter: pattistafford
                February 21, 2011 | 12:27 PM

                Kevin’s problem is bread and pasta too–and since it’s an inexpensive way to eat–guess what we eat too much of? Yep, but I’m slowly getting it out of the house and buying more fresh fruit and vegetables.

                The salmon dish would probably clog some arteries, but we only eat it once in awhile for a special treat. We need to make a lot of our choices as special treats and only have them once in awhile. 🙁

                We’re having a big @$$ salad for lunch. 🙂

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  4. Sandra Williams
    February 21, 2011 | 5:17 PM

    Sounds good to me! I’ve been making egg-veggie omelets laid out on a buttered, pan-toasted flour tortilla and topped with chopped tomato, avacado, cheese and salsa. Not quite as healthy, but close. . . and it does take more time. I cook it in an electric skillet which makes it faster and it cooks more evenly, without browning. I can even cook the tortilla while the omelet sets up over in the corner.
    I’ll have to try your wrap. 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 21, 2011 | 5:30 PM

      Yum. I have some tortillas that need to be used up. Might have this for breakfast tomorrow, using eggs plus whatever veggies are on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  5. catherine
    February 22, 2011 | 12:58 PM

    Thanks all for the good suggestions to try! As for the wrap, a twist I’m going to try is with some pomegranate seeds instead of cranberry & no carrots.

    Chances are I might not eat anything except the nutritious Salad Booster or a glass of Chlorella water, unless there are leftovers to grab quickly.

    Some examples are already washed fresh organic lettuce & tomatoes to put on sandwiches of that week’s leftover baked Free Range turkey breast, leftover meatloaf, or a ham part slice from Trader Joes, or even just plain ALT (for Avocado) or BLT.

    Leftover FR chix wings and mashed potatoes (my husband prefers leftover pasta). Plus I try to keep cut up veggies like celery, carrots, fennel, green peppers or coleslaw handy for a healthy side.

    Ravenous at lunch is less of an issue if we have a hearty protein brekkie. ====:~)

  6. Tricia
    Twitter: Tricia_Sutton
    February 22, 2011 | 2:26 PM

    Oh, yay. This sounds great. You’ve inspired me to write up a recipe.

  7. j
    February 22, 2011 | 5:40 PM

    It’s veggie! <3 I can't wait to make this. No guilt involved!

  8. John
    February 20, 2012 | 7:29 AM

    I am just glad that your wrappers didn’t contain chickpeas. They look great, I will have to try one. Without a doubt hunger pains are a major distraction to writing. One of the great things about living in the country is organic food is plentiful. Great suggestion on eating healthy food, I am sure that clogged arteries in the brain is not advantageous to good writings. After reading the replies to this article, I now know some writers with healthy eating habits.

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