Low Sodium Snack Recipes

Amruta Deshpande Mar 20, 2019
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Have you been prescribed a low sodium diet by your doctor? Here are some quick and easy low sodium meals.
Low sodium levels are very common among individuals with hypertension. Sodium is responsible for controlling fluid balance. It maintains the blood volume and blood pressure in the body. Consuming a sodium-rich diet may raise blood pressure, and cause several problems associated with hypertension.
Excessive salt consumption creates stress in the body, and leads to retention of fluids. People with heart, kidney, and liver diseases should strictly limit the amount of salt in their diet.

Low Sodium Meals

The recommended daily intake of salt for those affected by heart, liver, or kidney diseases is 2000 mg or less. Anything more than this can cause fluid buildup in the body. The best way to reduce the intake is to stay away from processed foods. One must always choose fresh and unprocessed foods.
Limiting salt intake does not mean one has to sacrifice delicious meals. There are several dishes that can be made without salt, and are palatable too. Following are a few options.

Vegetable Nachos

Ingredients
  • Tortillas, 7 to 8 inches
  • Red onion, 1 (chopped)
  • Carrot, ½ cup (shredded)
  • Zucchini, 1 (small, sliced thin)
  • Sour cream, ½ cup (fat free)
  • Ground cumin, ½ tsp.
  • Beans, 1 cup
  • Cilantro, 1 tbsp. (finely snipped)
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Chili peppers (diced)
  • Tomato, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Cheddar cheese, ¾ cup (shredded)
Directions
  • In a bowl, mix together sour cream and cilantro.
  • Cover it, and cool it for some time.
  • Take olive oil in a pan, and cook zucchini, onion, carrots, and cumin in it for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • When the vegetables turn crisp, add beans to it and continue cooking.
  • Spoon this mixture on the tortillas.
  • Sprinkle it with chili peppers and tomato.
  • Top the tortillas with shredded cheese.
  • Bake it at 350° for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot with the sour cream or salsa.

Spicy Bites

Ingredients
  • Puff pastry, ½ packet (frozen)
  • Seasoning blend, 1 tbsp. (extra spicy)
  • Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp.
  • Mozzarella cheese, ½ cup (shredded)
  • Prosciutto, 2 oz.
  • Egg, 1 (large)
Directions
  • Roll the pastry into a rectangle after thawing it, as per the instructions on the packet.
  • Sprinkle Dijon mustard evenly on the dough.
  • Lay the slice of prosciutto over the mustard.
  • Sprinkle it with shredded cheese.
  • Roll up the rectangle from the longer end, and cut it into ¼ inch slices.
  • Place the slices on a greased baking sheet, and brush with beaten egg.
  • Sprinkle it with the extra spicy seasoning blend.
  • Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.
  • The slices will turn golden brown. Serve warm.

Winter Crisps

Ingredients
  • All-purpose flour, 3 tbsp.
  • Sugar, ½ cup
  • Apples, 5 cups (sliced)
  • Cranberries, 1 cup
  • Lemon peel, 1 tsp. (grated)
  • Lemon juice, ¾ tsp.
  • Rolled oats, ⅔ cup
  • Whole wheat flour, ½ cup
  • Ground cinnamon, 2 tsp.
  • Brown sugar, ½ cup
  • Melted margarine, 1 tbsp.
Directions
  • In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, sugar, lemon peel. Mix well.
  • Add cranberries, apples, and lemon juice to the mixture.
  • Spoon this mixture in a baking dish.
  • To make the topping, combine oats, wheat flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add melted margarine to this mixture, and stir well.
  • Put this topping over the mixture in the baking dish, and bake for about 45 minutes at 375°, until the top turns brown. Serve hot.
Fresh fruits and raw vegetables are also low in sodium. So, these can be consumed in plenty amounts. Get ready to relish the tasty low sodium meals and stay fit and fine!
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