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Subject: Low Sodium
Date Posted: 6/27/2008 12:58 PM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2005
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My 9 year old granddaughter has just been put on a low sodium diet.  She has kidney and heart damage from strep throat.  Does anyone have any recipes or tips on things that she can or will eat.  Alyssa is like all kids these days, all they want to eat is chicken tenders, french fries and pizza.  I need all the help that I can get. She is trying to be really grown up about this but she is getting tired of salads and fresh fruits.

thanks, Karen Catoe 

Date Posted: 7/26/2008 5:58 PM ET
Member Since: 7/11/2008
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I'm new to PBS and the forum.  I'm prehypertensive and what I do is use herbs and spices.  I love fries, pizza and chicken tenders too but I make them myself this way I can control the sodium content.  I make oven fries and I use olive oil , garlic powder, rosemary or I may add some cayenne pepper.  For pizza you could use turkey pepperoni, and low sodium pizza sauce or no salt added tomato sauce and add herbs and spices to make it taste like pizza sauce.

Try www.recipezaar.com and www.allrecipes.com  These sites are very helpful for low sodium recipes.

All the best to your granddaughter!


Date Posted: 7/27/2008 4:24 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
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I'm not sure how 'low sodium' she has to be but I have high blood pressure and try to watch the sodium. My coworker makes c hicken nuggets for her kids and they all prefer her kind but I'll have to ask her how she does them. I've also heard of them being done with fiber one cereal..I also do weight watchers so I hang out on there message board in the 'recipe review' forum and people post all kinds of things. I think most sodium comes from processed foods like the canned soups and such...even salad dressings can have a lot of sodium. lunch meats too. as Sharon said, herbs are good to use..I've started using garlic and basil, oregano, cilantro, etc but her taste buds may not be ready for those yet! Mrs Dash has some sodium free /low sodium seasonings.

good luck to her..I'll post if I find some low sodium one sthat sound good..I mostly watch the fat but sodium as well.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:09 PM ET
Member Since: 11/12/2007
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I try to cook with less sodium, too, because my fiance has a risk of heart problems and I have a risk of stroke.  I third what Sharon and Susanna said about cooking wth lots of spices!  My favorites are garlic and cilantro.

- We avoid processed foods as much as possible

- I cook with lots of herbs

- We like hot & spicy foods, but I've met very few children who can tolerate heat

- Does your granddaughter like tang?  I add lime to almost everything!

- Rachael Ray's magazine recently had a recipe for chicken tenders that used salt, but you could adjust the amount: www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/chicken-turkey-recipes/japanese-chicken-fingers-recipe/article.html

- If she likes salsa (I sure did at that age!) try making it instead of purchasing. Jarred salsa contains a lot of sodium. I also buy unsalted tortilla chips.

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