If you're on a low-sodium diet, you may need to limit some of your favorite foods, but there are still so many ways to prepare meals with less salt that are just as flavorful.
These tasty recipes are all low-sodium — and can be made more so, obviously, by omitting the suggested salt. (As a guideline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that people who are 51 and older consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day.)
Orange-Herb Fish by Terry Golson
The fish is marinated in lemon and orange juices and white wine to become deliciously citrus-infused. Serve it with greens or rice for a satisfying low-salt meal.
Per serving: 156 calories, 0g saturated fat, 4g carbohydrates, 29g protein, 0g fiber, 105mg sodium
Spinach, Pear and Endive Salad by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Simply leave the extra dash of salt out of this dish for the perfect salad to serve with grilled meat.
Per serving: 210 calories, 14g fat, 21g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 8g fiber, 367mg sodium
Whole Wheat Noodles With Rocket, Garlic and Chili by Deborah Madison
Try this spicy Italian recipe for a quick and healthy weeknight dish. It requires just pasta, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, grated cheese and arugula (sometimes called rocket). Eliminating the cheese will cut out much of the salt.
Per serving: 342 calories, 2g saturated fat, 41g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 4g fiber, 336mg sodium
Coconut-Spiked Pork With Quinoa and Peanuts by Judith Finlayson
This Asian-inspired dish brings in many wonderful summer flavors. You might include red quinoa for a more colorful dish, and opt out of adding the 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Per serving: 314 calories, 5g saturated fat, 28g carbohydrates, 21g protein, 4g fiber, 245mg sodium
Acorn Squash With Porcini Mushroom Filling by Jennifer Katzinger
This is the kind of impressive side you'll want to save for company (they don't need to know how incredibly healthy it is). You can follow the recipe exactly, or stuff different colored peppers if you'd prefer them to squash.
Per serving: 318 calories, 4g saturated fat, 62g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 9g fiber, 87mg sodium
Turkey Cutlets With Artichokes by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
This is an easy version of the traditional veal recipe. It's also low-fat, high-protein and — if you don't add the salt and use no-salt-added tomatoes — low-sodium.
Per serving: 201 calories, 2g saturated fat, 15g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 5g fiber, 417mg sodium
Gingered Rice and Edamame by Domenica Catelli
Edamame beans make this vegetarian dish high in protein. Japanese tamari is richer, thicker and less salty than the soy sauce you may be more familiar with (some stores sell gluten-free tamari).
Per serving: 295 calories, 5g fat, 53g carbohydrates, 11g protein, 4g fiber, 229mg sodium