Low Sodium Recipes

Does anyone on a sodium restricted diet (2000 mg) have any good recipes to share?

By Linda from IL

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October 27, 20110 found this helpful

I don't have any specific recipes to share, but I do have some tips. Lemon juice is a great substitute for salt. It gives a lot of tang, but without the sodium. Lime juice also. The vinegars, cider and white can add a lot of flavor also. Instead of soy sauce, use Braggs Liquid Aminos (health food type stores). It is still pretty high in sodium ounce per ounce, but you can control it much better as it is a spray and therefore use considerably less of it.

Real Tamari soy sauce is lower in sodium that the regular kinds you buy @ the store. (Chinese markets, health food stores). There are a lot more lower sodium products at health food stores than regular grocery stores. Other countries pre-made foods are typically lower in salt than American food also. (English, French, etc.)

Vegenaise is an excellent low sodium, low fat, low sugar "mayo" product. It is a bit pricey and only available at health food and high end stores, but I think it is worth it. You can cut out or lower salt in most recipes. You don't need salt in the water in oatmeal or rice, etc. Sea salt is lower in sodium than regular table salt and has more minerals. The lowest sodium cheese is mozzarella packed in water. Mazo bread in place of crackers or make your own.

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There are also no salt added tuna and salmon, also. Tends to be pricey, but do your research on sodium, as I didn't know that most chicken and turkey is allowed to sit in a brine of salt water (I suppose to kill germs) as it is being processed and the sodium in the meat goes up because of it. There is one chicken brand that is much lower in sodium than the others, but I can't recall which brand.

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There is sodium in things you wouldn't think of, sweet pickles, jelly, etc. "Cooking without a grain of salt" - Elma Bagg, is a book I recommend. It is vintage, you will have to find it at a used book store or ebay. Also, all the books on Low Salt Cooking by Donald Gazzaniga, megaheart.com.

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I have never added salt to anything when I cook. When you buy products that are low in salt, a lot of times they have more fat and sugar added to them to make up the taste. The same applies to low fat foods, they have a tendency to have more sodium and sugar to make up the flavor. Basically you can't win for losing.

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October 28, 20110 found this helpful

Linda there are tons of Low Sodium recipes at the Mayo Clinic website and they look delish, too.

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October 28, 20110 found this helpful

I quit using table salt over 30 + years ago. When I cook, I use Mrs. Dash.

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