Hi, You'll find a wealth of information here, it just takes time to find it all.
The recipes on Spark have a phrase under the nutrition count that says something like 'additional information', click on that and you'll get it all, including the sodium.
I stick to around 1200mg of sodium daily and it really isn't hard now. I rarely use canned food, and even some frozen veggies have too much sodium. Fresh is best. One exception to canned, tomatoe products- I find 'no sodium added' easily, yesterday I found the store brand crushed tomatoes with a 'NAS' label, 20mg per serving. Cento brand is also low in some of their products. Francisco Rinaldi spaghetti sauce has a NAS type. You just have to keep reading labels till you find what your store sells. Hood cottage have an NAS type, I love cottage cheese so was glad to find that. I called my local supermarkets and ask them to stock it, since they all carry Hood brand,and yesterday I found one did that.
Swiss cheese has less sodium that other types of cheese, fresh mozzarella has less sodium than the slices or shredded. The deli carries lower sodium cheese and turkey . Be careful, cause 'lower sodium' doesn't necessarily mean 'low', read the label.
I buy whole chickens and use the bones, wings etc.to make stock after roasting them. I freeze what I'm not using.
Avoid soy sauce. There are low sod. types, not too low though.
Processed foods are essentially tabu. Hot dogs and lunch meat awful.
You can get low sodium and no sodium baking powder and bakink soda in health food stores.
I bake my own whole wheat bread and don't use salt at all. I found gluten in the supermarket and add that to make the whole wheat rise better.
I hope these tips help. It seems a daunting task, but you quickly learn to handle it, and it's really not that difficult. Eating out is the toughest part, you never know what they put in the food, but you can be sure it's more salty that is good for you.
Oh, I also found bread crumbs called 'Panko' that are low sodium.
PS Have you found the "my nutrition' page on spark? You can put in what you eat and it spits out all the nutritional info you want. There's a way to get exactly what you want on it. I deleted all the suggested food they put there for a diet, and I put in my stuff.
Edited by: DONNAC228 at: 7/3/2008 (08:26)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13
highest weight 333lbs
starting weight 210 on 1/3/13
S.T. goal: 197 by March 31
In my dreams goal: 170
| current weight: 209.5