Low Sodium No Problem

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My dad was just in ICU and due to his health conditions he has to saty on a very low sodium diet. I thought I would start a group to devote to low sodium recipes. This isnt an area i am well versed in but i am sure there are others out there that must follow a low sodium diet so maybe i can find some great things to cook for him : )

Beth M.
May 1, 2018

My doctor has told me to cut down on salt, to eat more fruits and vegetables and get more exercise!I

I have never had trouble with high blood pressure until now, in my early seventies, and I have to change my diet and get more exercise. My doctor wants me to work at this and return to see her in six months, rather than put me on medication, the first advice she has is to try to live a healthier life-style. I know what I have to do, and I will make every effort to lower my blood pressure with better food choices and more activities to lose weight.

Catherine Ferensic
Jul 19, 2017

low sodium diet

Low Sodium Foods: Shopping list
Low Sodium Foods: Shopping list

Most people eat much more sodium (salt) than they need. This can lead to health problems like high blood pressure. To lower the amount of sodium in your diet, follow these tips when you go food shopping:
Choose fresh instead of processed foods when you can.
Use the Nutrition Facts label to check the amount of sodium. Look for foods with 5% Daily Value (DV) or less. A sodium content of 20% DV or more is high.
Look for foods labeled “low sodium,” “reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.”

Take the list below with you the next time you go food shopping.

Vegetables and Fruits

Get plenty of vegetables and fruits.
Any fresh fruits, like apples, oranges, or bananas
Any fresh vegetables, like spinach, carrots, or broccoli
Frozen vegetables without added sauce
Canned vegetables that are low in sodium or have no salt added
Low sodium vegetable juice
Frozen or dried fruit (unsweetened)
Canned fruit (packed in water or 100% juice, not syrup)

Breads, Cereals, and Grains

Compare labels to find products with less sodium. When you cook rice or pasta, don’t add salt.
Rice or pasta
Unsweetened oatmeal
Unsalted popcorn

Tip: If your food comes with a seasoning packet, use only part of the packet. This will lower the amount of sodium in the food.

Meats, Nuts, and Beans

Choose fresh meats when possible. Some fresh meat has added sodium, so always check the label.
Fish or shellfish
Chicken or turkey breast without skin
Lean cuts of beef or pork
Unsalted nuts and seeds
Dried peas and beans
Canned beans labeled “no salt added” or “low sodium”

Dairy Products

Choose fat-free or low-fat milk and yogurt. Be sure to check the label on cheese, which can be high in sodium. Milk and yogurt are also good sources of potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.
Fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
Fat-free or low-fat yogurt
Low- or reduced-sodium cheese (like natural Swiss cheese)
Soymilk with added calcium

Dressings, Oils, and Condiments

When you cook, use ingredients that are low in sodium or have no sodium at all.
Unsalted margarine and spreads (soft, tub, or liquid) with no trans fats
Vegetable oils (canola, olive, peanut, or sesame)
Sodium-free, light mayonnaise and salad dressing
Low-sodium or "no salt added" ketchup


Try these seasonings instead of salt to flavor your food.
Herbs, spices, or salt-free seasoning blends
Chopped vegetables, like garlic, onions, and peppers
Lemons and limes

Content last updated on: January 23, 2017

Catherine Ferensic
Jul 10, 2017

need help with low sodium

I need help what to eat I was told eat low sodium I was just in the hospital they had me on only able to have 2 grams or mgs? I was told no meat couldn't have pizza and some other things looking for suggestions on what I can eat and make for meals

Bobbie Brines
May 23, 2015

Low sodium meal struggles

Hi everyone.....I am still on the search for good tasting low sodium recipes and I found one out of desperation last night. I have the cook book 500 Low Sodium recipes by Dick Logue, it has turned into my "cookbook bible". I had spend 2 days trying to make the recipes he has in there for bread without salt....dismal failure both times...I had lost a bit of confidence in my "go to" cookbook but was tired, a little depressed over my lack of success and had 3 bone in pork chops I had bought at the meat market for a more than usual price because it is the only place I can find pork meat that is not "ENHANCED with flavor" All that means is they injected salt water in the meat after it was butchered!! ANYWAY.... I found the easiest no salt recipe for pork chops in this cookbook....I browned the chops, sprinkled some pepper and ground ginger on the chops, added 1/4 cup orange juice, put the lid on and let it cook a little longer than called for cause my chops were pretty thick and my husband and son LOVED it and so did I.

The reason I am sharing this is so that those of you going thru the same dilemma I am will share some of your success stories....the food markets are not interested in helping the low sodium dieter, they are too focused on gluten free and low fat...which is a good thing but it sure makes it harder and more expensive for us that need low sodium as well.

There is my rant for today...hope all of you are having good luck on your search!

Happy Memorial Day everyone!!!

Frances Livingston
Feb 4, 2015

Please, I need help with taking the salt out of my food and have it still taste ediable.

Hello Everyone.

I am new to this group and I have come to you for your thoughts and recommendations for making great tasting food with out salt. I have a lung disease that has caused me to go into congestive heart failure. My sodium intake is limited to 1500 mgs. I have cut out the salted foods, processed foods and I try to make every thing from scratch. I have used Mrs. Dash and salt free seasonings. I have been doing my recipes with out adding any salt. And we definitely do not add salt at the table. My problem is that most of the time I thoroughly dislike the meal that I have prepared.
I am hoping that some of you experienced cooks might help me with where to find the answers or have suggestions yourself that might help save my palate. I think that I will die of boredom with roast chicken and fresh vegetables as this seems to be the best way that I have found to get around no salt.
Thank you for all your assistance in advance. I look forward to hearing from you.

Cathy Fisher
Oct 17, 2014

Need a recipe for fish on dialysis

Good morning everyone.
I was just inquiring to see if anyone can suggest a good recipe for Talipa for dinner tonight. I'm not at a total loss for cooking it, I just thought since you all are so helpful & most of all kind, it would be a pleasure to hear who has the best idea for someone that lives on disability & not going to go to the grocery store today.
I have about all spices & the only thing I cannot have or do not have is: Milk, Sour Cream or any green vegies. I do have Carrots, a few celery stalks & instant mashed potatoes, both chicken & beef broth & cream of chicken soup. This is just an idea of what I have on hand. I will check back later.
I want to take this time to thank anybody to whom suggest any ideas for me.
Have a great day.

Cathy Fisher
Sep 26, 2014

Unemployed on Dialysis

I need a recipe to make that will hold me over until I get paid on the 10/3/14. Here is what I have on hand:
1. Box of Spagetti
2. Spagetti Sauce
3. Spices
4. Frozen Cauliflower
5. low sodium beef broth
6. no salt can mushrooms
7. small can of tomato sauce
Sorry, but this is all I have at this time or at all before I get my Disability Check & would like some ideas of what I might be able to throw together with the above items. I know it isn't much, but I need someone's assistance please.
Thanks Cathy Fisher