ideas for a low-sodium lunchbox?
My husband brings his lunch to work. We're adjusting to the low-sodium lifestyle (doctor's orders!) and he is really tired of low sodium turkey sandwiches - the other "low sodium" cold cuts have WAY too much sodium. Sometimes he takes egg salad or tuna salad, but that's getting old too. Any ideas? We don't eat pork or shellfish.
I frequently take an Americanized version of a bento box. Usually a few dumplings or other appetizer type things, along with vegetable sticks/strips, some fruit, and maybe a cookie. I usually use frozen snacks/apps from Trader Joes, which can be higher in sodium, but I only use half the serving size for most items.
http://justbento.com/ is a great place to start.
Grilled fish (salmon, tilapia)? In a sandwich or as part of a salad. You can punch up the flavors with lemon/lime/herbs.
obviously you would want to tweak these in preparation of the recipes...
butternut squash barley pilaf with some lemon zested chicken
polenta with a veggie ragu
leftover veggie pizza
stuffed baked regular or sweet potato
curried chicken (from homemade breasts) or tuna salad with red onions, red apple, and celery
lentil soup (if he has a micro or wants to take a thermos)
rice and beans
lime and pepita crusted salmon salad
Well, there's about 90 mg of salt in a quarter pound of ground chuck. That's pretty low, considering. So homemade hamburgers - once in a while - could be an option.
I am facing the same problem. My husband returns to work May 1. His job is physical and outdoors. His usual method of lunch was stop at a fast food, but since double bypass surgery he is on a low salt, low fat diet. At home, it has been relatively easy. But for the lunchbox? I am looking at purchasing a cooler/heater unit for his truck. That way he can take warm foods with him without having to worry about heating them up. Has anyone used these and do they work?