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
Bakes potatoes with skin
Bran cereals with shredded wheat cereals
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
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)
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
Meal Ideas Breakfast
Oatmeal, fresh fruit (bananas, raspberries, blueberries), cinnamon for natural sweetener
Eggs, Wholegrain low sodium (preferably gluten free) toast, coconut oil on toast instead of butter, onions, lettuce/spinach if wanting a breakfast sandwich
Kefir, low sodium granola, fresh berries, hemp hearts
Smoothie - banana, cucumber, ginger, strawberries/blueberries (any fruit!) avocado, spirulina powder (blue/green algae), hemp hearts or protein powder, cinnamon, flax seeds, chia seeds.
Hummus & veggies (low sodium hummus if store bought, broccoli, carrots)
Chia pudding (soaked chia seeds in water or coconut water, or a nut milk) flavoured with cinnamon, add fresh fruit (berries, mango, apple, banana), granola.
Apple with lemon and cinnamon.
Apple & Almond butter
Guacamole, salsa (low sodium if store bought), low sodium tortilla chips
Lunch / Dinner
Roasted Chick peas & cauliflower, choice of protein
Fresh fish or chicken (no skin), broccoli/ grilled veggies, brown rice, sweet potato, lemon juice, pepper, garlic, turmeric for flavour.
Quinoa salad, spinach, cucumber, beets, broccoli, hemp hearts, carrots, avocado, chick peas, pepper, lemon juice for dressing
Roasted green beans
Homemade chili/ bean soup
avocado oil, cooked onions, chopped veggies, cook root veggies/hardest ones first (beets, carrots, broccoli, cabbage) beans (black, pinto, chick peas), flavour with Siracha, lime zest & juice, pepper, turmeric. Add fresh avocado when ready to eat