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February 23, 2012 2:08 PM
Hey, I'm Matt from Philly. Wondering if anyone knows of any GOOD tasting lunch meats? Trying to monitor my sodium intake. Never realize how much sodium I eat on a daily basis till I joined MFP. Thank you.
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February 23, 2012 2:12 PM
this is about the best i have found, its pretty good though.
http://www.jennieo.com/products/49-DELI-FAVORITESR-Oven-Roasted-Reduced-Sodium-Turkey-Breast
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February 23, 2012 2:31 PM
There aren't too many. I can't find any in my local stores so I stick to Tuna (that I rinse to get most of the sodium off) and then I bake extra chicken breasts for the week and cut them up and use them. Sometimes I get crazy and do a turkey breast. As long as you cook them with spices and no salt the sodium stays low (meat naturally has sodium so there is still some). I usually throw in the crockpot with rosemary and garlic.
February 23, 2012 2:34 PM
The best option is to cook your own meat and use it on a sandwich. :)
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February 23, 2012 2:34 PM
hillshire farms makes a "lower sodium" version of the ham and turkey but it's still like 400 something sodium for only one ounce (like 5-6 thinner slices). I'll be interested to also! I used to eat it regularly with breakfast but cut it out to stop going over in sodium every day
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February 23, 2012 2:37 PM
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The best option is to cook your own meat and use it on a sandwich. :)


this....cook a bunch of boneless skinless chicken breast and throw it in the fridge or freezer. don't buy the pre frozen chicken breast though. the sodium in some of the brands is just as bad as deli meat.
February 23, 2012 2:42 PM
Hi Matt from Philly.
You can get Boars Head Brand Low Sodium lunch meats
http://www.boarshead.com/nutrition.php

or

Dietz and Watson
http://www.dietzandwatson.com/our-products/low-sodium/

Debbie from Philly
February 23, 2012 2:45 PM
Boars Head low sodium cold cuts are delicious and very low in sodium. Kind of expensive but well worth it.
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February 23, 2012 2:48 PM
http://www.lowsaltfoods.com/food_center/lsfoods/meat.htm

have a look there, it may give you some ideas too.
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February 23, 2012 2:52 PM
It is better to just make your own. Not only does deli meat contain lots of sodium, it can be full of lots of other nasty stuff.

I bought a vacuum sealer a while back, and I don't know what I'd do with out it. Basically I will cook up a nice big beef or bison roast (with lots of garlic and rosemary), slice it up and divide it into a few days worth of sandwiches. Then it will freeze nice and last a lot longer. Pound for pound it's WAY cheaper too.

This works awesome for turkey and chicken to of course.
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February 23, 2012 2:55 PM
If you eat chicken or turkey just shave some off for sandwiches.

I've had the hillshire low sodium they are pretty good. One I had I THINK was oscar myer it was grained like turkey it was so much better but the cost is not productive for me. I do better just cooking extra chicken at dinner and use it for lunches.
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February 23, 2012 3:02 PM
If you start eating low sodium meat that others have talked about, first you may think it is bland. But eventually your taste buds change. Then, when you eat full sodium meat, you will gag from the huge amount of salt. It is AMAZING how salty that stuff is.
February 23, 2012 3:06 PM
Wegmans - just turkey or their organic turkey. I believe there are a few Wegman's in the Philadelphia area.
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February 23, 2012 3:09 PM
QUOTE:

If you start eating low sodium meat that others have talked about, first you may think it is bland. But eventually your taste buds change. Then, when you eat full sodium meat, you will gag from the huge amount of salt. It is AMAZING how salty that stuff is.


yes this definitely happens! but you will adjust and realize less salty tastes sooo much better!


also, i make my own chicken meat and shred it or half a chicken breast and use it in a sandwich with whatever you can think of to please your taste buds (healthily of course!)
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February 23, 2012 3:10 PM
QUOTE:

Hey, I'm Matt from Philly. Wondering if anyone knows of any GOOD tasting lunch meats? Trying to monitor my sodium intake. Never realize how much sodium I eat on a daily basis till I joined MFP. Thank you.

Cook your meat.
February 23, 2012 3:29 PM
does anyone know if the sodium content in the lunchmeat you can buy from the deli counter is high?
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February 23, 2012 3:35 PM
Thank you everyone!!!!. You gave me lots of insight on where to look and ideas about cooking my own meats. Thanks , again!!
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February 23, 2012 3:41 PM
Market Pantry lower sodium ham from Target has 55% less sodium and tastes pretty good.

I don't lunchmeat very often because even lower sodium lunch meats still have lots of sodium. I had to quit Subway and Potbellys too. I never knew sandwiches could be so evil.

I make my own tuna salad or chicken salad for sandwiches to help keep the sodium under control. And I eat a lot of non-sandwich lunches.
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February 23, 2012 5:54 PM
I use Land O' Lakes Naturally Slender Cheese and the Healthy Choice lunch meats. They are pretty good but can get expensive. It seems healthier eating is more expensive.
February 23, 2012 7:02 PM
Thanks!!
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April 17, 2012 10:46 AM
I love Wegman's Just Turkey lunchmeat. It has 40mg sodium in a 2oz serving and only 60 cals. It tastes like you just carved it straight from the bird on Thanksgiving. It's over $9 a pound, but worth it. I have eaten it almost everyday for the past 2 months and have yet to get sick of it. http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=10002&productId=358623
April 17, 2012 10:54 AM
QUOTE:

The best option is to cook your own meat and use it on a sandwich. :)

^ This. In addition to the already mentioned boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I buy whole frozen turkey breasts (hard to find them fresh) and bake them. Can do the same thing with roasts (beef or pork). Throw large amounts of seasoned meat into the crockpot and you're set for several days. Can always freeze some for later use too.
June 6, 2012 9:43 AM
I too did not realize how much sodium was in my lunch meat. Wow! I am on the hunt for lower sodium meats myself.
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June 6, 2012 9:48 AM
I eat a lunch meat sandwich for lunch instead of buying lunch at work. If you have a place that sells Boar's head, they have some great low sodium products. Kroger (a grocery chain) has Boar's Head and also has low sodium options in their Private Selection Brand.

Be sure that you also watch your bread. Bread is a hidden sodium trap. I like Aunt Millie's 35 calories per slice. But, it goes bad quickly. Low Sodium bread tastes like NOTHING.

The one place I won't skimp is cheese - again try Boar's Head. Low-ish sodium cheese, but still packed with flavor. Longhorn Colby and Vermont cheddar are faves.

** if you wanted to eat tuna, instead of rinsing off the sodium, try Sunkist Low Sodium tuna pouches. 70 calories w/100mgs of sodium. Not too shabby.
Edited by acstansell On June 6, 2012 9:51 AM
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June 6, 2012 9:52 AM
I really like the Sara Lee brand of LOWER Sodium meats. Not really low, but better than the regular stuff.
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