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Soup and a Snack?! Hmmmm....

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Created March 05, 2013 at 7:53 AM

At times I work long hours, 14 hour days and I find it difficult to prepare for those shifts. I do not get to leave to get food so either I have to bring my own or eat there.

Today while shopping I found 3 items: this is for the "Paleo experts" out there -- would this be acceptable:

1) PureFit bar: (Berry Almond Crunch) Ingredients - Soy protein isolate, beet syrup, almonds, tapioca syrup, soy protein crisp, brown rice syrup, soy nuts, chicory fiber, dried cranberries, dried raspberries, sunflower oil, natural flavor *the package states gluten-free, non-dairy, free of wheat

2) Muir Glen Organic Garden Vegetable Soup Ingredients - water, tomato pur??e, diced celery*, carrots*, tomatoes*, corn*, cut green bean*, peas*, potatoes* (I understand potatoes and corn are a 'no-no') -all items with * are organic

3) all-natural fruit strip Ingredients in "autumn apple" - apple pur??e concentrate, natural lemon juice concentrate, natural apple flavor

** also, is anyone aware of any Paleo soups out there -- prepared to purchase

Thanks :)

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Hi, The soybean is the world's most-grown legume and the U. s. grows 50 percent of it. Soybeans have been analyzed substantially for their health-promoting advantages resulting from their fat, natural vitamins, nutrients and protein content, fiber and isoflavones. Fermenting soybeans makes soy more easily digestible in types such as tofu, tempeh and various products that can provide an substitute to proteins that may be better for your body. Hope this will help

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pwitty, i was just a patient in the hospital and i asked my family to bring me in cans of tuna so i wouldn't have to eat hospital food. my nurse said any food brought in from the outside had to be approved and cleaned. i thought that was weird. anyway, we had such a pain trying to find a can opener! my stepdad ended up buying me one so i could leave it in my room.

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I am not a huge fruit fan, I actually dislike most fruit alone - on occasion I may eat an apple or watermelon plain - but the apple has to be skinless. The texture of plain fruit makes me cringe (hence why most berries are out, due to their seeds). Thank you for your input.

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Soy beans??????

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on March 05, 2013
at 02:17 PM

If you really want to buy canned soup, you might look for a beanless chili, natural or organic if possible. They are usually just meat, tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices. The soup you describe isn't horrible, but it's technically not Paleo either, so it depends on how much of a purist you want to be. I think you can do better, but it wouldn't be bad in a pinch.

The bar is too soy-heavy. I wouldn't do it. And the apple strip is okay, but why not just eat an apple?

If you're looking for convenience, try making your own trail mix with some dried fruits and nuts -- although these are things you don't want to pig out on. Easily transported fruit like an apple or orange might work. How about hard-boiled eggs? I have to prepare for occasional long days at school/work for myself and my sons, and I find it's easiest to have two or three microwavable containers filled with the left-overs of whatever food you had the day before. If you start getting yourself in the routine of always preparing 2-3 times as much as you'll eat at a meal at home, then putting the left-overs into your containers ready to pull out of the fridge and pop into an insulated lunch bag, you'll find it gets much easier at work. If you don't have a microwave at work, try warming things before you leave and putting them in an insulated steel thermos. Also, you might want to try making big batches of stew in a crock-pot (easy-peasy!) and then having a whole week's worth of filling work meals ready to go.

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on March 05, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I am not a huge fruit fan, I actually dislike most fruit alone - on occasion I may eat an apple or watermelon plain - but the apple has to be skinless. The texture of plain fruit makes me cringe (hence why most berries are out, due to their seeds). Thank you for your input.

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on March 05, 2013
at 11:52 AM

I'd give a big NO! to the PureFit bar. It's mostly processed soy garbage---the exact opposite of Paleo.

The soup seems ok and the fruit strip is ok but probably very sugary. Why not eat a real apple instead?

I'd recommend making large batches of your own homemade soups and stews and bringing them to work with you. With a crockpot or pressure cooker, it doesn't take much effort at all!

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on March 05, 2013
at 08:42 AM

I am a 12 hour night shift nurse, so I understand how hard it is to get a meal in and the importance of available snacks if that happens. I usually avoid canned soup because of the sodium and carb content. I avoid bars because of the soy and sugar (brown rice syrup). The apple strip sounds the best, but you'd probably just be better off with plain dried or fresh fruit. My snacks are these:

  • uncured jerky or meat sticks
  • hard boiled eggs (do 5 at a time for the week)
  • full fat greek yogurt or kefir (if you can tolerate it)
  • berries, apples
  • plain nuts
  • sometimes, I go for pork rinds, probably cooked in bad oil, but you can't always be perfect
  • can of tuna (seriously, I just snuck into the break room to make my coffee and ate a whole can) my coworkers would think I'm so weird if they caught me shoveling plain tuna into my mouth
  • coconut chips (sometimes, I toast these for 5 mins, add some raisins and some nuts, and voila! Trail mix.)

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:08 AM

pwitty, i was just a patient in the hospital and i asked my family to bring me in cans of tuna so i wouldn't have to eat hospital food. my nurse said any food brought in from the outside had to be approved and cleaned. i thought that was weird. anyway, we had such a pain trying to find a can opener! my stepdad ended up buying me one so i could leave it in my room.

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:05 PM

If you're looking for a quick "meal" bar, them go for a LarabAr. They are delicious and most flavors are Paleo, just double check ingredients. Also, my husband does not like to prep food or have time to grab food in the middle of the day and he's had great success with salad in a jar. You can cut all the salad fixings up at the beginning of the weekend throw it all in there before work each day OR go ahead and prepare all the jars at once for the week. Just make sure the dressing goes in first to keep the lettuce from getting soggy until you shake it! Good luck!

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:11 PM

To add to Pwitty's list: Plantain chips canned fish (sardines, trout, mackerel)

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on March 05, 2013
at 11:48 AM

Muir Glen Organic Garden Vegetable Soup Ingredients - water, tomato purée, diced celery, carrots, tomatoes, corn, cut green bean, peas, potatoes (I understand potatoes and corn are a 'no-no')

If you're being super-strict / paleo-food-classist, then the green beans and the peas are out too.

However, the potatoes are definitely in, so long as they are cooked. Nothing wrong with a tuber now and then.

Plain old cooked corned isn't the best thing for you, and remains a non-paleo grain. Some here too have nixtamalized corn in traditional foods on occassion, which is less bad.

The lectin levels in the green beans and peas are very low. Personally, I don't eat or like peas, but I will eat green beans periodically, as do many here.

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on March 05, 2013
at 11:38 AM

Hi, At office ours if it is difficult to prepare then you can bring some Dry Roasted Soy Beans,Almonds,Peanuts these are good for health & contain high protein.

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Soy beans??????

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 06, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Hi, The soybean is the world's most-grown legume and the U. s. grows 50 percent of it. Soybeans have been analyzed substantially for their health-promoting advantages resulting from their fat, natural vitamins, nutrients and protein content, fiber and isoflavones. Fermenting soybeans makes soy more easily digestible in types such as tofu, tempeh and various products that can provide an substitute to proteins that may be better for your body. Hope this will help

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