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I've been veg for 2 months now, dabbling in vegan foods, and I bought a bunch of vegan convenience foods at Planet Organic the other day. (It was so much fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Jam with 'love' in the ingredients? Awesome) Some Amy's soups, some asian microwavable noodle boxes, some indian curried potato dumplings in cans, that sort of stuff. I've tried them over the last few days, and everything is SO SALTY. Like, almost to the point where its inedible because all I taste is salt.<br>
I've also seen a lot of vegan recipes where it contains "2 cups sugar"...<br><br>
Does anyone have a suggestion for good convenience items that aren't too salty or sugary?<br>
or am I doomed to a diet of sugar and salt if I go vegan? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> (Kidding, of course!)
 

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Nuts!!! They're brilliant! Not a meal on their own, but a good snack.
 

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Nuts!!! They're brilliant! Not a meal on their own, but a good snack.</div>
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Oh I should definitely invest in some....the unsalted kind...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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Yeah, convenience foods are usually pretty salty. Were you eating a lot of prepackaged food before?<br><br>
Yikes that's a lot of sugar, what kind of recipes were you looking at? <a href="http://vegweb.com/" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com/</a> is one of my favorite spots to find recipes but there's also a ton of veg*n blogs so there's bound to be some that focus on convenience and not inducing diabetes. Also regular omni recipe sites often have filters, searches, or categories that allow you to look for recipes that are vegan and low in sugar/salt.
 

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It might have been an exaggeration on the sugar, I got the idea from this guy:<br><br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeZlih4DDNg</a><br><br>
4:17 if you just want to skip to where he puts in the sugar.<br>
"A whole f***ing lot" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br>
His second episode also includes baked beans which he adds sugar too, which I thought was really unnecessary. He is really hilarious though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I've been looking into the local cuisine lately (Pennsylvania Dutch) and it uses so much sugar. Just about every recipe is laden with animal products or sugar, usually both, and jello mix if often used too *shivers*.<br>
Sweeteners are used to make baked beans, which why i don't eat them often, don't really like the taste. Maybe i'll look for non-sweet baked bean recipes, they might be good.
 

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I don't personally know of any convenience foods that are low-salt. Your just gonna have to cook your own food if you wanna control your salt intake.
 

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I like having some high quality miso soup, or packaged veggie burgers are good. Pasta bakes are easy to put together.
 

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Some suggestions:<br>
- eat the salty foods with rice, pasta or bread to cut the saltiness (that's often how they're intended to be eaten anyway)<br>
- Amy's makes plenty of low-sodium soups, so look for those<br>
- use fillers to spread out the salt (for example, add frozen corn to canned chili, add a chopped potato to soups, etc)<br>
- cook for yourself and don't rely on as much convenience foods (all convenience foods tend to be high in sodium regardless of whether they're vegan or not)
 

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If I want to snack... I usually whip up a quick salad. They I usually have all the veggies preped already and just tear up the greens into the bowl and I am done.<br><br>
Nuts are great.... I just got done eating some boiled peanuts. (kinda salty though)<br><br>
Almond milk and some cereal is quick.<br><br>
Cans of beans over some rice.... (20mins for rice but nothing hard about it)<br><br><br>
And umm Fruit... I usually have a ton of fruit just sitting in the fridge or counter.<br><br>
I also snack on alot of dehydrated fruits and veggies.... because they keep longer and have a long shelf life. Love me some Dehydrated okra or some Wasabi Peas
 

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Amy's brand makes low sodium versions of many of their frozen meals & soups, but if you're really worried about salt, try to cook for yourself in large batches and freeze individual servings. And there are always convenience foods that you can make on the spot like peanut butter sandwiches, veggie wraps, etc.
 
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