Lunch Idea – Chicken Sandwiches

If you are committed to making changes so you don’t have another heart attack soon – it’s hard starting all over, learning which foods you can eat, what to buy, what to cook. Here’s a lunch idea, building on yesterday’s pre-cut veggies.

I buy the ‘family pack’ or ‘economy pack’ of boneless skinless chicken breast – there are usually about 8 in a package. I re-package them in groups of 2 in put them in the freezer for future meals, and faster thawing. Then I cook 2 or 3 – a couple for dinner the night before and the remaining for lunches and salads the next day (or two).

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Grocery Shopping/Meal Planning -Vegetables

Almost all of us should be including more vegetables into our diet, but the majority of us just don’t want to go through the bother of preparing them – especially in the middle of cooking. It’s so much easier to skip the salad and put it off for another day, and then another day and another until we have a drawer full of furry, rotten mush.

My trick is to prepare all the vegetables after I come home from shopping – before I put them into the vegetable drawer where they often serve our a live sentence and don’t become a part of our well-balanced diet.  Once they were prepared, they go into storage containers or plastic baggies (i.e. Ziploc) and they were labeled with a small piece of masking tape to ensure they are identified easily (for all members of the household) and  used quickly.

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What’s for dinner?

Prior to J’s heart attack he did all the grocery shopping but after being released from the hospital he had to take it easy. All the walking that’s required to shop is a lot for someone recovering so I had to take over. Previously he was quite the foodie and loved to eat well but now we had to completely overhaul what and how he ate. We now had to keep in mind his diabetes (low sugar)  PLUS a heart smart diet (low-fat, low salt).

Reducing sugar and fat are not too difficult since so many packaged foods focus on these but almost all packaged/processed food is too high in salt. J had been advised to have less that 2300 mg of sodium (approx. 1 teaspoon). We now had to read all product labels and it was shocking to see the amount of salt in canned and packaged foods. Even foods that say “no salt added” still contain amounts often too high for the serving size (more on this coming soon).

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