Choose your cheese wisely
Like butter, cheese is a pretty common ingredient in our holiday foods. Cheesy potatoes, casseroles, and appetizers are filling up many of our plates. Most cheeses contain salt, but some cheeses contain a lot more than others. The best choices are swiss and ricotta, which both have less than 50mg per ounce. Others that are lower are soft goat cheese, brie, natural cheddar and cream cheese. These all have 180mg per ounce or less. The key here is per OUNCE (about the size of a pair of dice), so if your recipe serves 4 and calls for a package of cream cheese, you can bet it's not that low in sodium.
Watch out with baked goods
Many people don't realize this, but the baking soda or baking powder we use to get our cakes and cookies to rise also has a lot of sodium in it. One teaspoon of baking powder contains almost 500mg of sodium, and baking soda can be more than twice that at 1200mg per teaspoon. True, you (hopefully) won't eat that all yourself, but it adds up, especially in baked goods that also call for salt or nuts. Baking powder is the better choice, and even better is to use a low sodium baking powder. Dialysis note: Another product where the low sodium version will contain a lot of phosphorus and potassium. Talk with your dietitian about which product will be best for you.
These are just a few changes you can make to lower your sodium intake. We'd love to hear other tips and tricks you have, connect with us on Facebook or send us an email with your ideas (Katelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wishing you a happy and HEALTHY holiday season!