: : Making Lunches Part II : :

I think I know what to do when it comes to low sodium diet but it’s going to take awhile before I get used to shopping for eating for 3 meals a day. This is a drastic change from eating home during dinnertime only.

This evening was an event of getting enough stuff to make breakfast, lunch and a tea-time snack tomorrow. So, just to make it easier, I made extra helpings for the lunch and to bring some break tomorrow. I just hope that I made enough. Still not too sure about how much I should be eating.

Morning : Smoothie

Easy to do since Granny unearth her blender that she has had since 2006 but we’ve never used it. So, it was a homemade frutie smoothie with :

1 Fuji Apple from China
1 Orange from China
1 Nestle Fat-free Natural Yogurt that I paid for 1/2 price compared to recommended retail price.

Blended it all together in the food blender and surprisingly came out sweeter than I had expected. This is considering that I didn’t add in any extra sugar into it.

Lunch + Teatime : Salad with Tuna & Corn Mix

Well, I started out wanting to do a simple Tuna sandwich with a side salad but I got caught up doing it that I made extras.

Tuna & Corn Mix
1 LIGO Can of Corn
1 AYAM Brand No-Salt Tuna
1 tbsp of Kraft fat-free Mayo
1 tbsp of pepper

Well, seriously, anything that comes out in a can would contain salt but I was out of ideas on how to get hold of corn without having to clean the cob. Besides, I’m still trying to work out a way to deal with cooking meat at night for meals the next day.

Anyway, with the corn, I rinse out the corn twice in the futility that a lot of salt would be removed (fat chance). Ah well. This weekend is going to be a major shopping day and exploration as well as discovery of all things healthy and green.

The No-Salt Tuna was a very pleasant surprise but I doubt that I’ll get the chance to eat it that often. I tried to find the link online but it looks like their website doesn’t have a dedicated link to their products. Tasting it, there is definitely the lack of salt presence.

So, finally, the KRAFT Fat-free mayonaise. Yes, it’s low in fat but sadly, not low in salt. Yikes! Hmm….and I think I put a dab bit too much so must put less. Apparently, 1 tablespoon is already about 750 mg of sodium. On the other hand, another website posted the sodium content as only 160 mg. I have to check the labels again but anyway, only added a bit just to give some taste to the mix.

Salad :
1/2 cup sliced lettuce
1/2 cup cucumber (dice)
1/2 cup celery (dice)
1 tomato (dice)
1/2 cup seedless red grapes
1 teaspoon of Balsamic vinegar

I had an incident with the vinegar. Should have used a spoon. Instead, the entire salad got splashed with about 1/2 cup of it. Haha! So, had to rinse the salad and pour it out.

Needless to say that this entire exercise took about 1 hour because I made some smoothie from cucumber + carrot which didn’t taste very nice (and ended up being thrown away). Plus, although I didn’t put it up, as a reward for making the efford to do this, I made myself an ice-blended dragonfruit smoothie (which Granny like).

I foresee a lot of broken blenders in the upcoming days.

And hopefully, I can get more ideas on what to do in the upcoming days.

: : The sodium spotcheck : :

Well, it looks like cooking for low-sodium diets isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

There are a lot of Malaysian Food Products that totally excludes sodium from the content list. So, we know the reason for Malaysia’s number #1 killer, eh? 🙂

Although with A1, I think they may have done a copy and paste of their product to list them all as having less than 2400mg of sodium, from the soup mix to the roast chicken mix to etc.

Going shopping today and see what I can pack for lunch sandwich over the next few days and plan my next week’s meal.