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Alternative to a sandwich - On-the-go supermarket Paleo lunch

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I have realised one of the keys to success on Paleo is meal planning and that includes preparing a lunch for when you are out for the day. However there comes a time when you are out and you haven't prepared anything for lunch and the supermarket is your only option.

What kinds of foods can you buy from a high-street supermarket for lunch that are Paleo? I know nuts are usually available but I'm looking for something more substantial.

Thanks :)

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on June 09, 2013
at 12:21 PM

Looked for some pictures of this online and I'm inspired!

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on May 01, 2013
at 10:46 AM

It works pretty well. Cover it - not with plastic-wrap (which may be easier), but with another plate. Definitely monitor it the first time you do it, as all microwaves are different - and you don't want it popping, as it might make a mess in the microwave or get ruined. 4-6 minutes seems to work, and more often than not something like 2 minutes, take a look, then 2 more minutes, etc.

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on May 01, 2013
at 06:54 AM

Cooking salmon in the microwave?

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on May 01, 2013
at 03:20 AM

Whole Food's rotisserie chicken if you get the plain is good bet. At lunch they often have 1/2 or 1/4 chicken in the same area.

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on April 27, 2013
at 11:14 AM

Yep that's why I said to read the label :) My grocery store offers just plain herbed rotisserie chicken with just olive oil and dried herbs, nothing I can't pronounce or wouldn't put on my own chicken. Not sure what type of options you have in the states (I'm in Canada) but I haven't had any trouble winging it on the road while staying 100% clean/paleo.

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on April 27, 2013
at 04:01 AM

sorry but I really don't think rotisserie chicken is a good bet. I have yet to see one with fewer than 30 ingredients, most of which I don't recognize.

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61bef9200f6395868f19efe53081a5c3

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on May 01, 2013
at 03:14 AM

I saw a picture the other day of a cucumber sub...looked amazing. THe person took a cucumber...cut in half lengthwise and scooped the seeds out. Add sandwich materials insides (safe lunchmeats if there are any or left over meats like pulled port or shredded chicken...cjeese if you do dairy, etc). Regardless, it looked awesome and ive been drooling over it for days now. Cant wait until garden season, ill be making tons of these.

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on June 09, 2013
at 12:21 PM

Looked for some pictures of this online and I'm inspired!

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on April 26, 2013
at 04:51 PM

It can be tough, a few quick ideas:

If there is a salad bar, you can hit that up and make a giant salad

Sushi/Sashimi (you can ditch the rice if you don't eat it)

Rotisserie Chicken + salsa (my grocer makes fresh salsa - read the label)

Can of Salmon (the kind with the top you can open) dumped on a prewashed salad bag

Beef jerky (read the label)

Hard boiled eggs

Pickel herring (read the label)

Canned mackerel

Antipasti

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

(2318)

on April 27, 2013
at 11:14 AM

Yep that's why I said to read the label :) My grocery store offers just plain herbed rotisserie chicken with just olive oil and dried herbs, nothing I can't pronounce or wouldn't put on my own chicken. Not sure what type of options you have in the states (I'm in Canada) but I haven't had any trouble winging it on the road while staying 100% clean/paleo.

04a4f204bc2e589fa30fd31b92944549

(975)

on April 27, 2013
at 04:01 AM

sorry but I really don't think rotisserie chicken is a good bet. I have yet to see one with fewer than 30 ingredients, most of which I don't recognize.

91597fb7f6bb422bff222c03f0885d5b

(166)

on May 01, 2013
at 03:20 AM

Whole Food's rotisserie chicken if you get the plain is good bet. At lunch they often have 1/2 or 1/4 chicken in the same area.

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582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

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on May 01, 2013
at 07:30 AM

In a pinch I'll grab romaine lettuce, meat, and pre-diced tomatoes and onions and use the romaine like a tortilla.

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on May 01, 2013
at 06:45 AM

This is more primal than paleo, but I love the look on people's faces when I grab a spoon from the soup area and a stick of butter.

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on April 26, 2013
at 03:38 PM

It's not the best source of meat but grocery store chicken is usually otherwise safe.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 26, 2013
at 03:31 PM

If you have access to a microwave, then there's a wide array of foods to choose from, especially if you just keep it simple - e.g. fresh salmon and sweet potatoes. I sometimes do this if I forget my lunch premade, but I have access to a microwave at work.

If you do not, and are really on the go, then stick to canned fish of any type, and any veggies and fruit that appeal to you in raw form. No need to go for nuts, unless you enjoy them.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 01, 2013
at 10:46 AM

It works pretty well. Cover it - not with plastic-wrap (which may be easier), but with another plate. Definitely monitor it the first time you do it, as all microwaves are different - and you don't want it popping, as it might make a mess in the microwave or get ruined. 4-6 minutes seems to work, and more often than not something like 2 minutes, take a look, then 2 more minutes, etc.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on May 01, 2013
at 06:54 AM

Cooking salmon in the microwave?

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