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15 Foods You Should Never Bring for Your Office Lunch Slideshow

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15 Foods You Should Never Bring for Your Office Lunch

15 Foods You Should Never Bring for Your Office Lunch
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Before you pack up your leftovers, make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or decide to pack a week’s worth of hard-boiled eggs for breakfast and leave them on your desk, consider these 15 foods that you really should never bring for your office lunch. Seriously. Your co-workers will thank you.

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings
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Chicken wings are great for tailgating, but not so great for typing away at a computer. This beloved fried and sauced food is messy, pungent, and may just make your coworkers ravenous. Essentially, it’s a trifecta of badness.

Make it at home instead — for All the Wing Recipes You Could Ever Want, click here.

Chinese Food

Chinese Food
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Your Chinese takeout was so good last night, but you just couldn’t finish it. Resist the urge to pack it the next day for lunch. The sauce will get coagulated and look unappetizing, and the variety of spices and vegetables will really stink up the office once reheated.

Eat it at home instead — for the Best Chinese Restaurant in Every State, click here.

Cooked Broccoli

Cooked Broccoli
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Broccoli is one of our favorite superfoods. It’s packed with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. But you know what this vegetable also is? Super-smelly when it’s cooked and reheated. Avoid nuking broccoli whenever possible and enjoy it raw instead.

Make it at home instead — for the Broccoli Sautéed With Onions, Bacon, and Breadcrumbs recipe, click here.

Curry

Curry
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The flavor bomb that is beautifully cooked curry is one of our favorite spicy foods, but in addition to being packed with flavor, curry is packed with offensive smells. From cooked onions to sauces that aren’t typical in American cuisine, this traditional Asian dish is best kept in your own dining room.

Eat it at home instead — for 5 Chicken Curry recipes, click here.

Fast-Food French Fries

Fast-Food French Fries
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Fast-food French fries are simply irresistible — and that’s the problem. If you get these crunchy, salty, and greasy beauties, your coworkers’ stomachs will start rumbling, and you’ll start an unhealthy fast-food craze across the office.

Eat it at home instead — for the 10 Best Fast Food French Fries, click here.

Kimchi

Kimchi
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Kimchi is notoriously smelly and unappetizing to a large number of people. It’s not fully likely that you’re regularly packing this fermented Korean cabbage, but on the off-chance you are, just stop.

Make it at home instead — to learn How to Pickle Almost Anything, Kimchi Style, click here.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-Boiled Eggs
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Hard-boiled eggs are nutritious, protein-packed blessings wrapped in a shell. But if left unrefrigerated, it’s shocking how quickly they start to smell like feet once peeled.

Make it at home instead — to learn How to Cook and Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs Perfectly Every Time, click here.

Fish

Fish
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We shouldn’t have to tell you why microwaving fish is a rude thing to do. But in case we do, the answer is simple. It smells. Bad. And the smell does not go away.

Eat it at home instead — for 5 Grilled Fish Recipes, click here.

Garlic-Heavy Dishes

Garlic-Heavy Dishes
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Garlic is a magical ingredient, but it also happens to be a fragrant one (to put it lightly). It will stink up the office and your breath. Have an important client meeting at 3 p.m.? Congrats. You smell.

Make it at home instead — for the 11 Most Popular Garlic-Based Recipes on Pinterest, click here.

Microwave Popcorn

Microwave Popcorn
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Popcorn is a delicious, easy, and relatively healthy snack, but it also has a buttery, salty scent that really takes hold of the room it’s in, including an office space. Additionally, the loud noises of it popping away can be truly disruptive to your co-workers.

Eat it at home instead — for the 9 Best Buttered Microwave Popcorns, click here.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter
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Peanut butter isn’t overly pungent (and it is simply delicious), but peanut allergies are alarmingly common and dangerous. Double check your co-workers’ allergies before packing a good ol’ PB&J.

Make it at home instead — to learn how to assemble the Perfect PB&J, click here.

Pizza

Pizza
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Everyone loves pizza. And that’s just the problem. If you bring in a hot slice of pepperoni and melted cheese, you’re going to tempt everyone else get some pizza too. This isn’t bad. It’s just a little inconsiderate.

Eat it at home instead — for the Best Pizza in Every State, click here.

Potato Chips and Pretzels

Potato Chips and Pretzels
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Chips and pretzels make for easy midday snacks and have a wonderfully satisfying crunch. But that crunch is also disastrously, distractingly loud.

Eat it at home instead — for the 9 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Potato Chips, click here.

Pungent Cheeses

Pungent Cheeses
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You know the drill. Limburger, Roquefort, blue cheese, brie… they’re delicious though they’re divisive. And while you may be enjoying that black and blue cheeseburger, your co-workers are not.

Make it at home instead — for the Blue Cheese, Bacon, Fried Onion Sliders recipe, click here.

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad
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Microwaved fish is pretty pungent, but so is cold fish. Tuna, mayonnaise, and red onions are all smelly (especially if not refrigerated). So don’t be that guy.

Make it at home instead — for the Mediterranean Tuna Salad recipe, click here.