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11/1/13 10:51 A

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Noodles and Company offers some lower sodium entrees - their website is very helpful and sorts items by sodium content.

also the veggie sub at Subway isn't too bad (get a 6 inch, no olives or banana peppers, light cheese, oil and vinegar topping)

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YIKES....sounds like too much salt. I live in Florida, where they may have a Piccadilly's here and there, but very hard to find now a days. However, the hospital cafeterias here are great about some cook to order foods and are actually some of the healthier eating in the area. We do have a lot of chinese buffetts and some Golden Coral's in the area. The chinese one, with premade foods are out, but I can find a few things, here and there, to make a trip to Golden Coral worthwhile, since hubs and son likes to eat there. Just have to be leary of veggies soaking in a pool of veggie juice, usually too salty. I stick with the fresh grilled meat, steamed veggies and a potato, either baked or sweet and the salad bar. Living low sodium is hard to do, but so worthwhile.

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6/29/09 2:31 A

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In Texas and Oklahoma, there are lots of cafeterias still going - the Luby's chain, and the Furr's chain, mainly. And they can be excellent sources of low-fat food, but low sodium? A challenge. Pretty much the fruit salad and iced tea are your only choices; they salt the hell out of their fresh-cooked veggies.

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6/27/09 10:11 A

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I actually live in the "cafeteria" portion of the south, but I don't know of any left other than hospital cafeterias which are common at all hospitals throughout the U.S.A. Unless you are referring to buffets, which there are a few buffets, such as Golden Coral, which I remember seeing in the North too.

Premade foods are common at buffets and even hospital cafeterias, they can not be altered with the sodium. Not to say that these places could not be done, though it would take extreme caution and knowledge of their foods in order to come out safely. The salad bar at a buffet would be safest, though be leary of macaroni and potato salads, along with dressings. The safest bet is oil and vinegar or even a vinegrette. Broiled or grilled foods are a safe bet, along with a baked potato. Even at Golden Coral, since they grill some of the foods in front of you, on the buffet, just ask for no seasoning and they will do it. Plus, a few hospital cafeterias have cook to order stations (our hospital has one), where you can request things low-sodium or no seasoning added, and they offer a variety of Mrs. Dash packets to flavor the foods the way you like.

But, the South is filled with a variety of diners just like the North. We go into some local venues and ask if they can alter, especially those we frequent, but even the ones that are first time visits state, "No problem." I have already been to a couple of italian and chinese places and they have had no problem creating a lower sodium meal for me.

So ANYWHERE you go, just feel free to ask and most places are willing to accomodate. The only one I have found that is unwilling, per corporate, is Ruby Tuesdays, but I bet if you spoke with the local manager, they would offer to do something for you. As most managers want your business and are willing to accomodate where possible.

Sadly, sodium is becoming more of a problem for society and it will some day have to be addressed at the restaurants.

Edited by: HLTHYLIVNCCJ at: 6/27/2009 (10:27)
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6/25/09 8:01 P

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Thank all of you for all rthe info.. I am actually starting to get my salt intake down, but it is taking some doing. At least I am not adding it to my food like I used to.

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If you live in the "diner" part of the US (north) as opposed to the "cafeteria" part (south), then if you patronize your local diner regularly, they get to know you and will take special requests. For example, my local diner has a "Village Salad" made Greek style - tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green pepper, feta cheese, olives (no lettuce) - I always tell them "half the cheese, twice the cucumbers, dressing on the side" and they'll do it.

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Been doing some research on various dining facilities, mainly chain restaurants to see if they offered any low sodium style foods and boy was I shocked.

Do offer Lower Sodium food options:

Sonny's BBQ
Olive Garden
Red Lobster
Burger King (be careful what you pick)
Chik Fil-A
McDonalds (can get fries unsalted)
IHOP
Denny's
Perkins
Outback Steakhouse
Chili's - Guiltless grill
PF Changs (can adjust sodium/salt and amount of sauce in the meal)
Chinese and Japanese restuarants (can adjust sodium, hold off the msg and adjust amounts of sauces used in meals)



Very High in Salt or no nutritional offerings:

Applebees (though corporate states they can adjust sodium levels as food is prepared when ordered - though local restaurant states impossible)

Ruby Tuesday's (feels sodium is of no concern will not list or offer to alter anything per corporate)

TGIFridays, still waiting for a response back

Macaroni Grill (nothing is safe on the menu, not even the salads...may want to check and see if they can adjust seasoning to grilled items, though sauces are all premade and salty as can be) (The Skinny Chicken referenced earlier in this topic is actually 1950 mg of sodium, though their new Jumbo Shrimp Spiedini is only 750 mg of sodium, that and a regular side salad is safe.) Here's the link to get to there pdf of complete nutrition

www.macaronigrill.com/menu/Nutrition
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As I find out more information about various locations, I will post it here.

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1/18/09 6:27 P

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Thanks for the sights. They will be a big help for me.
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1/17/09 9:51 P

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Much depends on the cheese and the vinaigrette!
Swiss cheese can be fairly low sodium, though not all of it is. Parmesan is OK if you just put one spoonful on, not a ladle full of it. And not all croutons are salty; some white-bread croutons are OK as long as you're talking 2 or 3 of them, not a dozen giant ones. *Fresh* mozarella (the soft, slightly spongy white stuff, not the shredded or sliced kind) is very low in sodium; feel free to have cubes of mozzarella on your salad!

As for vinaigrette dressings, you can see how different one is from the next by checking out web sites that list them, for example,
http://www.panerabread.com/pdf/nutr-guid
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As you can see from the list, in their case, the Caesar dressing is lower sodium than the Balsamic vinaigrette.

Safest to order just oil and vinegar on the side, or lemon wedges.

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1/16/09 11:05 P

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Is it a good idea to order a salad with a vinegrette dressing on the side? Croutons would be very salty, because bread has a lot of sodium. Cheese is usually very salty, isn't it? Sometimes at a drive-through I order a plain sandwich (no cheese) with only lettuce and extra tomato and eat only half the bun.

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4/27/08 9:45 P

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Another good book to have is "Eat Out, Eat Right" (Eat Out, Eat Right: The Guide to Healthier Restaurant Eating by Hope S. Warshaw) The paperback is small and easy to carry in your pocketbook.

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Offensive! What a perfect word. Sometimes when I'm dining out, I'll describe the food as "violently salty." Why, oh why do restaurants have to do that?

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4/27/08 8:33 P

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I have that book and my husband and I keep it with us when we go out to eat and definitely to the grocery store. It has helped us a lot! It is a very good resource. Yes, it is amazing the amount of sodium that is in our foods. I almost find it offensive especially since I am in stage 5 renal failure and watching the sodium is actually a matter of life and death and not just weight.
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David Zincenko, who wrote the book Eat This, Not That was on the Today show last week, talking about sodium in restaurant food. Macaroni Grill has an entree with SEVEN THOUSAND milligrams of sodium! They also have one with 700 so we went there Friday and I got that one. It's called "Skinny Chicken" and it's actually quite good. It's a chicken breast in a balsamic glaze topped with tomatoes and served with grilled asparagus and steamed broccoli. It's also around 330 calories, which is unheard of for a restaurant entree.

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4/27/08 7:28 P

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Thank you for these links. It's always such a task trying to figure out what is low in sodium and what is not!
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Thanks for providing those references! Very handy!

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I found this website that gives sodium intake for many common restaurants:

Best food choices at restaurants:
www.lowsaltfoods.com/food_center/din
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g_out/best_choices.htm



Restaurant Quick Reference
www.lowsaltfoods.com/food_center/din
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g_out/quick_ref.htm


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