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Any healthy packaged lunch meats?


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Has anybody found any healthy packaged lunch meats?

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Tends to be that the more expensive the product the better quality the ingredients, less fat and 'filler', more meat etc..   So go for the best quality you can afford and check the ingredients list.   However, all lunch meats are fairly high in salts and preservatives... that's how they stay fresh.... but some would argue that makes them all universally unhealthy.  Limit lunchmeats to smaller amounts and they're fine as part of a healthy diet.
I did a lot of looking for healthier lunchmeats myself, and for the most part, lunchmeat is such a processed item that even the healthier ones still aren't all that great.

What I do for sandwich meat is I buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts or turkey breasts (or cutlets) and cook them on my day off.  Let them cool, then cut into strips for wraps, or into thin slices for sandwiches.  They'll keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week, just be careful not to overcook or they will get a little dry by the end of that week. :) 

I actually prefer that to lunchmeat now, because I can season it any way I want, and it's much lower in fat and sodium.

While visiting my parents in the Seattle area I saw a package of deli turkey breast without any added salt at a health co-op. The package name is Heidi's Hens, a branch of Diestel (may have misspelled this) Farms. You could check out their website to see if it is sold in your area. Problem is a 7 oz. package was $7.99! Ouch!

I agree with everyone. I buy the thin est sliced and add a bread  that are filled with healthy grains. I try to stay away from white bread because it has the least healthy ingredients. I add slice onions,tomatoes, romaine,a good mustard,hummus and an olive or pickle as a garnish.  I also buy reduced fat cheeses that are thinly sliced.

You can have a healthier sandwich just watch the portions of meat and cheeses you use.  

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Personally, I don't think there are any healthy lunch meats that have been processed.  I am scared of processed meats and try to eat them as little as possible.  There are cookbooks for lunches that show you how to make all kinds of different sandwiches for lunches.  My familys 2 favorites are grated carrot, low fat shredded cheese mixed with salad cream or mayo and ricotta cheese, dried apricots and honey.  All on wholewheat bread of course!

Original Post by mdrat:

Personally, I don't think there are any healthy lunch meats that have been processed.  I am scared of processed meats and try to eat them as little as possible.  There are cookbooks for lunches that show you how to make all kinds of different sandwiches for lunches.  My familys 2 favorites are grated carrot, low fat shredded cheese mixed with salad cream or mayo and ricotta cheese, dried apricots and honey.  All on wholewheat bread of course!

 Do you know any of the names for the cookbooks? I, too, have this issue. I have been eating cucumbers with light mayo on low calorie wholewheat bread because I don't like the nutritional values in lunch meat and how expensive they are. I think I an going to try your ideas though.

Hormel natural choice . No nitrate or nitrite. Minimally processed. No MSG. Raised w/o added hormones. Gluten free. For a processed food, I would say you can't get better than that.And I found it at Super WalMart. 

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Healthy Choice's Honey Roasted and Smoked Turkey - it is excellent.  Boar's Head Tavern Ham is good as well.

buy the veggie equivalent.  way less salt, way less fat, and still yummy.  with a strong mustard and veggies, you can't tell the difference by much

Healthy in what way? Low fat? Low/reduced sodium? No nitrates or preservatives? You can get lunchmeats which meet one out of the three criteria, but never all of them... I just tried Oscar Meyer's new 'natural' ham and it was surprisingly good for something made by a big-box manufacturer. It's got the same amount of fat as regular ham, but no nitrates or preservatives and it's less salty. They have turkey as well but I haven't tried it yet. But really, the healthist lunch meat is one you cook yourself - skinless chicken breasts with salt-free seasoning!

I get the pre-packaged version of the Sarah Lee honey roasted turkey breast.  Yummy and pretty healthy in comparison to the other packaged turkeys.

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