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Low Sodium Meal Ideas / Shopping List

Researching low sodium foods for my lovely Grandma so figured I would share it with you all as well!

She has kidney stones and Edema in the ankles (swelling due to water) so Doctors request we are getting her on a low sodium diet to help and reduce water retention.

High Oxalate Foods To Avoid

  • Almonds & Cashews

  • Rhubarb

  • Spinach

  • Miso Soup

  • Grits

  • Bakes potatoes with skin

  • Beets

  • Cocoa Powder

  • Okra

  • Bran cereals with shredded wheat cereals

  • French fries

  • Raspberries

  • Stevia sweeteners

  • Sweet potatoes

Avoid drinking Colas

Shopping List / What to eat Compare labels to find products with less sodium. Look for foods with 5% Daily Value (DV). A DV of 20% or more is high.

Plant based diet may be ideal Citrus Foods

  • fruit and their juice, can help reduce or block the formation of stones

  • Lemons

  • Oranges

  • Grapefruit

Fruits & Vegetables

  • any fresh fruits (apples, oranges, bananas)

  • Any fresh vegetables (spinach, carrots, broccoli)

  • Frozen vegetables without added butter or sauce

Breads, Cereals, and Other grains

  • Whole grains (brown/wild rice, quinoa, barley)

  • Whole wheat or whole grain pasta / couscous

  • Oatmeal (no added sugars)

  • Whole grain breads / bagels etc. *Check label


  • Fresh or frozen fish

  • Chicken or Turkey breast without skin

  • unsalted / soaked nuts

  • Dried beans and peas – like kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), split peas, and lentils

  • Canned beans labeled “no salt added” or “low sodium” (rinse canned beans to remove some of the sodium)

  • Eggs


  • fat free or low fat plain yogurt (best is kefir)

  • *Best to avoid dairy

Dressings, Oils, and Condiments

  • Unsalted margarine and spreads (soft, tub, or liquid) with no trans fats and less saturated fats

  • Vegetable oils (canola, corn, olive, peanut, safflower, soybean, or sunflower)

  • Low-sodium salad dressing – or oil and vinegar

  • Low-sodium or "no salt added" ketchup

Seasonings Try these seasonings instead of salt to flavor your food.

  • Herbs, spices, or salt-free seasoning blends

  • Chopped vegetables, like garlic, onions, and peppers

  • Lemon and lime juice