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any suggestions for low-sodium lunches?

I've been eating Healthy Choice for lunch, mainly because it's reallly easy (5 minutes in the microwave), fairly cheap, and low-calorie yet filling.

What I'm not liking is the fact that these meals often have up to 35-40% of my RDA of sodium- I've got high blood pressure, so Sodium is something I'm trying to avoid.

So: any suggestions for a tasty, easy, inexpensive, low calorie lunch that's low in sodium?

Before you suggest that I make my own lunch, I know I can do that, but I'm looking for a pre-packaged suggestion for those days when I'm running late.

Eating out is also not a solution- too expensive and not many choices out where I work.


Fri. Aug 4, 2:38pm

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i love amy's organic foods. here is a link to the site. they have some foods for special dietary concerns. the page with the low-sodium is where the link will take you.

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Friday, August 04, 2006, 2:55 PM

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i love amy's organic foods. here is a link to some of the low-sodium food they offer.

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Friday, August 04, 2006, 2:56 PM

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oops! i did not mean to post twice!!!

Friday, August 04, 2006, 2:57 PM

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Thanks for the Amy's link- they've only got like 4 non-soup low sodium dishes, but it's a great start! All I need is about 8-10 total choices to give myself some variety.



Friday, August 04, 2006, 3:42 PM

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Have you looked at Lean Cuisine's frozen entrees? Most of their sodium Daily Values are in the 20-30% range. Here's a link to the nutrition info for all their entrees. One of the things I like about Lean Cuisine is the high potassium values, great for someone who works out a lot.

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Friday, August 04, 2006, 3:44 PM

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Do you have a Trader Joe's in your area?

Perhaps you can "make" your own "microwave meals"?

They have pre-packaged rice that cooks up in 3 minutes and gives you 2 servings (split into 2 containers for 2 separate meals)

You could pre-cook some chicken breasts on a grill and slice them up--if you add salt when you are eating vs. when you are cooking, you'll use less... If you use some of the Trader Joe's varieties of different sauces (i.e. pesto, tomato bruschetta, artichoke dips, etc..) you could feasibly just put a dollop on top of the chicken when grillling and have a very tasty meal... :-) Add a 1/2 cup of frozen veggies on the side (They have asparagus, green beans, "Soycoutash" (like succatash, but with edamame (soy) beans vs. lima beans)... etc.)

That would give you a pretty healthy meal, without a lot of sodium... It just takes a little pre-planning, that's all. (If you cook 5 chicken breasts on a sunday and then freeze it with the sauce, rice and veggies, you'll have your own cheaper, tastier and less processed lunches.. :-)

Sunday, August 06, 2006, 3:38 AM

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Doh!
I just realized you weren't looking for something you had to make beforehand...

If that's the case, You can still do it using Trader Joe's foods--I assume that you have some kind of refrigerator or you wouldn't be bringing the Lean Cuisines, so consider bringing the following to work (in their bulk packages) and then cooking it on the spot)

Mix together:
1/2 pouch (1 cup) of TJ's Jasmine or brown rice.
1/2 cup of frozen veggies (whatever you like to eat, and whatever might go well with the following:

3-4 oz. of TJ's pre-cooked Grilled Chicken strips (Watch sodium content--This might be a lot! It's better if you can grill and use plain chicken breasts instead) or frozen pre-cooked shrimps
Coat with about 1-2 tbs of TJ's Sundried Tomato Bruschetta (50-100 mg sodium) or 1-2 TBS pesto (210-420 mg sodium)

Cook until it's thoroughly hot (and cooked throughout)

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Yum!

Sunday, August 06, 2006, 3:53 AM

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