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Low sodium recipes?

Having a low sodium diet is important to your health - what are some of your favorite recipes?

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Richard O.

I have been eating Sunrider Herbal foods and have been trying real hard to eat healthy. I have a couple recipes that I like that maybe you would like to add to your diet.


Salad ingredients:

. 1 cup quinoa

. 2 cups cold water

. 1/4 tsp salt

. 1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped

. 1/4 cup blanched almonds

. 2 Tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds

. 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced

Dressing Ingredients:

. 2-3 Tbsp olive oil

. 1/2 tsp turmeric

. 1 lime

. 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

. Salt(pinch) and freshly ground pepper


1. Wash quinoa and boil in water for 10 minutes

2. Cover and let quinoa sit until it absorbs all the water

3. Fluff quinoa with a fork and let it cool to room temperature

4. Peel the mango and cut into cubes

5. Peel and slice the cucumber thinly

6. Add cucumber to mango along with the almonds and pumpkin seeds

7. Heat 1 tsp oil in a small pan and fry with tumeric for 30 seconds, than let it cool

8. Add the lime juice

9. Mix in olive oil, cilantro, salt, pepper with a whisk or a fork

10.Add the cooled quinoa to the mango mixture, pour the dressing over the salad, and toss

11. Serve immediately, or cover and chill

Enjoy! Glenn

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Richard O.

Here is another recipe,


Easy Salad recipe, delicious with Long grain brown rice

6-8 Servings; Rice Salad Ingredients:

. 1 1/2 cups long grain brown rice

. 3 cups cold water

. 1/2 tsp salt

. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

. 1 Tbsp minced fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano

. 3 Tbsp minced fresh basil

. 1/2-1 tsp salt

. 1/4 tsp black pepper

. 2 cups spinach leaves, washed, stemmed, and chopped

. 1 medium red bell peper, finely chopped

. 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped

. 1/2 cup chopped green onions

. 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives, yum

. 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts


1. Make rice several hours ahead of time or make night before and refrigerate

2. Rinse rice until water runs clear

3. Place rice and water in a pot and bring to a boil

4. Add 1/2 tsp of salt, cover, and turn rice down to medium low

5. Cook rice until done, about 45-60 minutes

6. Fluff rice gently with a fork and set aside to cool to room temperature. Setting the pan in a sink full of cold water will help it cool quickly

7. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, basil,1/2-1 tsp of salt, and pepper in a large bowl

8. Toss the rice with the olive oil mixture

9. Stir in spinach, bell pepper, cucumber, green onions, olives and pine nuts

10. Serve chilled or at room temperature

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Christine P.

Here is a great web site with some delicious low sodium recipes (and quick to prepare too!). Your family can enjoy these recipes as well because most Americans eat 3,436 milligrams of salt each and every day as an adult. This is far above the recommended levels, as adults are usually not supposed to consume more than 2,300 milligrams on a daily basis.

You'll be taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Put the salt shaker down and enjoy some fruit and fresh vegetables.

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Todd J.

I wanted to know if anyone has been told a certain amount of water that they should drink daily. I have the heartmate 3 and I try to drink at least 96 oz a day.

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Larry N.

My LVAD team wants me to keep it under two liters of liquid (which they define as anything that’s a liquid at room temp), or about 64 oz. In hospital during recovery in 2018 it was 1.5 liters. I have a HM3. For me, it is a narrow line between too much and too little. Too wet and I have extremity edema and shortness of breath, too little and I get low flow alerts. It took quite a few months of tweaking meds and input (liquid and sodium) to get everything stable. We’re all “special”, so your parameters will probably vary. Mine is printed right on the after-visit summary whenever I have an appointment.