Top Ten Great Christmas Gift Ideas!

November 28th, 2015

The season is upon us, and everyone is looking for wonderful, creative and different Christmas gift ideas. Here are our top ten.

  1. date-meals2Of course, Healthy Prepared Meals! You can buy them individually, as a meal package, or as an ongoing meal program. Of course, the convenience of a meal gift certificate can’t be overlooked.
  2. Dawn Simulator Alarm Clock – Do you hate being woken up by that shrill alarm, or even a radio show? This is a peaceful way to awaken, with a slowly increasing light and the sound of birds chirping. Feel like you’re waking in the forest instead of in a drill shop.
  3. 3D Printing Pen – If you know a budding artist, they’ll love this pen that lets them draw in the air and create 3D masterpieces!
  4. Kiva Card – give an entrepreneur in a poor country a fighting chance. When the loan is paid back, the giftee can use the funds to help someone else.
  5. CaptureExperience Day – Whatever the person is passionately interested in – Civil war, flying, trains, race cars, you can find them a chance to do something fun and fascinating with experience days. Search the internet for the one closest to you.
  6. Cappuccino Maker – for the coffee fiend (you know who you are), a cappucino machine will make their year!
  7. 3 Wheel Folding Electric Scooter – for anyone who isn’t able to comfortably walk, but is in fairly good shape, this folding scooter is ideal.
  8. BirdCam Pro – A birdhouse with quality video camera. Watch the birds in the comfort of your home. Perfect for your favorite bird enthusiast.
  9. FlashForge 3D Creator – For the budding scientist or the experienced hobbyist,  an entry level 3D printer for the home.
  10. Homemade Gift - But you don’t have time to do the work, right? Head over to and shop around for some of the most unique gifts around.

Top 20 Healthy Eating Tips

November 21st, 2015

There is a ton of advice often doled out about eating right and staying healthy-and most importantly not to lose your mind when doing it. Healthy eating should not be about strict diets and too little calories; it should be about feeling great when you eat while staying healthy. You are not the only one who is dealing with dietary concerns. These simple healthy eating tips will make you enjoy food and make it the healthiest part of your day!

Eat real, whole Foods

Foods that are provided by nature are the best bet for your body. Eating natural foods will ensure that you always stay healthy.

red-orange-crucEat a lot of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are often the best food choices. Choose an attractive rainbow of colors in order to savor the different kinds of nutrients in them.

Eat the right amount of calories

Depending on how active you are, eat the right amount of calories- balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.

Eat a wide range of foods

Having a diverse diet ensures that your body receives all the nutrients that it needs. Enjoy fish, lean meats, poultry, and all kinds of veggies and fruits. If you’re bored with vegetables, search out new options like salsify, kohlrabi and jicama.

Focus on whole grains

Starchy foods such as cereals, pasta, rice and bread should constitute a third of everything you eat. Wholegrain products and vegetables contain a lot of fiber.

Reduce your unsaturated fat and sugar intake

Too much saturated fat can increase your cholesterol level which increases your risk for developing heart disease. On the other hand, saturated fats are found in junk food such as cakes, biscuits and sausages which are an unhealthy choice. A small amount of vegetable oil or reduced fat spread is the healthier option.

Eat less salt

About three quarter of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy. Usually, food that has more than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.

seniors-exerciseGet Active

Combine great eating habits with good exercises and workouts. Aim to eat less and be more active. This will help you lose weight more quickly.

Avoid processed drinks

Water and lower-fat milk are usually healthier choice when it comes to getting our bodies hydrated. Sugary, soft and fizzy drinks are not ideal for our health.

Berry-blast-porridge-recipeAlways eat a Healthy Breakfast

Contrary to belief, skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. In reality, a healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet.

Other top healthy eating tips:

  • Do not indulge in night time snacks even though they are hard to resist.
  • Eat several mini-meals during the day as this will keep your hunger pangs in check.
  • Include proteins in all your foods
  • Use spices that stimulate flavor and are usually more satisfying
  • Order children’s portions anytime you are out eating. This will enable you to consume a smaller amount of food.
  • Get enough sleep
  • Use olive oil when cooking(but not on high heat – then use another healthy oil)
  • Read labels in order to buy food that does not contain artificial additives
  • Eat unrefined and unprocessed carbohydrates
  • Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water
  • Buy meals to have on hand when you’re too tired to cook.

How About a $500 Gift Certificate?…Yeah, That’s What We Thought!

November 9th, 2015

Won SweepstakesWho wouldn’t want a $500 gift certificate from just in time for the holidays? We suppose someone who doesn’t enjoy delicious food made from the freshest ingredients possible and then having it delivered directly to their door, but does such a person exist? We think not. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…

Beginning today, November 9th, you can register to win either a $500 (first prize) or a $200 (second prize) gift certificate from All that’s required is that you fill out the simple form (email and name) found here: and wait until December 14th when the winners will be announced. Yes, it’s that simple…no previous purchase required, no long, tedious form to complete. All we need from you is an email address, your name, and a little patience.

product-collage3Imagine not having to run around like a crazy person the day before your holiday gathering or party trying to prepare the appetizers, entrée and/or dessert for said gathering. And, best of all, not having to pay for all that food, which is the exact scenario you would encounter so long as you register for and win either one of our two gift certificates. Just think of what you could do with the time and money you would save should you win…such as binge watching The Walking Dead (no, not a Rolling Stones’ concert), or purchasing a drone and spying on the neighbors, or getting a mani/pedi…the possibilities are endless. Now, whether or not you reveal to your family and friends where all the delectable dishes came from we leave entirely up to you!

So what are you waiting for? Take a minute, visit the link above, provide the required info and then just wait until 12/14 to hear if you’ve won. Oh yeah, and good luck to you all!

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How to Make the Best Soup…Ever

October 30th, 2015

soup-naziThe Soup Nazi, of Seinfeld fame (season 7, episode 6 for those in search of a good laugh), was notorious for keeping his soup recipes secret…well, that and being quite rude and banning those customers who didn’t follow his regimented and Nazi-like rules while in his establishment (Elaine was famously banned for an entire year). We here at are not so secretive regarding the keys to cooking soups that burst with flavor and keep your friends and family returning to your pot for more. After all, we make these types of soup everyday! So, here are a few ideas that are guaranteed to get that…”Mmmmm, what’s in this?” reaction.

  • Wow, I coulda had a V8. Use V8 instead of plain tomato juice if the recipe calls for it. And use it in addition to canned or fresh tomatoes. The fact that V8 also incorporates other veggies, aside from tomatoes, will kick your soup’s flavor up a notch.
  • rindThrow in those cheese rinds. Especially Parmesan or pecorino rinds as they will add a depth of flavor to your veggie soups or minestrone. Some rinds will simply dissolve in the heat. If not, you can either remove them prior to serving, or chop them up to add a bit of chunky texture to your soup.
  • Use those shiitake stems…no bull. They will infuse your veggie or broth-based soups with an aromatic, earthy flavor. Just be sure to remove them before serving as they’re a bit too fibrous to eat.
  • Use more than just chicken in your chicken soup. Toss in some complimentary sweet or spicy sausage or even some crispy duck to get rave reviews. In terms of herbs, add a bit of lemongrass or curry powder depending upon your preference.
  • Add the greens last. Soup greens are meant to be crisp and tender rather than dull and gray. In order to achieve that, add the kale, chard, broccoli or any other green as your soup cools prior to serving.
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Cook Less and Enjoy Your Family More This Thanksgiving

October 30th, 2015

Relax and enjoy the meal!

If you’re in charge of the big meal on Thanksgiving Day, you’ve got a lot to worry about. Planning and grocery shopping alone can take hours, especially when you add up the amount of time you’ll spend traveling to the store and waiting in line. And when it’s time to start heating things up in the kitchen, you can expect cooking the turkey and all the other dishes to take most of the day. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

If you’d rather enjoy more of this national holiday with family and friends than stress out over baking times, obscure ingredients, and a last-minute dash to the store, you can. And you can still celebrate in style with moist, mouth-watering turkey and ubiquitous side dishes like mashed potatoes, cranberry orange sauce, buttered carrots, pumpkin pie, and more.

Leave the Cooking to the Professionals

If you really want to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a tasty and stress-free meal, leave the cooking to the chefs. Our professional chefs have invested hours of cooking, taste-testing, and perfecting the most popular Thanksgiving dishes and made them available in family-sized packages, and dinner for two, along with 18 al a carte options to build your own Thanksgiving meal just the way you want it. It’s also a great way to supplement your menu, if your guests include people with special dietary needs.

Among the many offerings available in our selection of Thanksgiving meals, you’ll also find favorite foods like 9 Grain Rolls, French Bread, French Green Beans with Mushrooms and Cream Sauce, sweet potatoes, and gravy. And the choices don’t stop there. In less than 30-minutes, you can pull a hot pie from the oven. Choices include pumpkin pie, Dutch apple pie, and raspberry rhubarb pie, all available in two different sizes.

Our Moist, Succulent Roasted Turkey Slices

Our Moist, Succulent Roast Turkey Slices

Serve a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal

If you’ve been dreading the fact that it’s your year to host the big meal on Turkey Day, and would rather enjoy the time visiting with family and friends than stressing out in the kitchen, you can. Let us help you, and you’ll realize that serving a tasty and healthy Thanksgiving meal couldn’t get any easier. Just pick out what you want to eat, and leave the rest to us. There will be plenty to eat, so you’ll even be able to enjoy leftovers for another day.

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Ideas for Thanksgiving for One or Two

October 29th, 2015

1st -thanksgivingWhen Pilgrims and Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621, about 140 people were there. Most were members of the Wampanoag Indian tribe, and the rest were Pilgrims who had made their way across the Atlantic on the Mayflower. That first Thanksgiving meal literally lasted for days, and included a lot of people. And it’s no-doubt the origin of hosting a big meal to celebrate this national holiday. But not everybody celebrates Thanksgiving with a big group of family and friends.

In facts, lots of people enjoy Thanksgiving Day on their own, or celebrate the bounty of the season with dinner for two. If you’ve been thinking about what to do on Thanksgiving Day and know the feast won’t include a huge group of people, you may not want to take the time to cook a turkey and all the trimmings that go with it.

Our Moist, Succulent Roasted Turkey Slices

Our Moist, Succulent Roasted Turkey Slices

And you don’t have to. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy, tasty, and traditional Thanksgiving meal at home. In fact, the first meals we created at a decade ago were designed to make sure seniors and people living alone could enjoy nutritious food without a lot of effort in the kitchen.

We’ve created two Thanksgiving meal options perfect for serving 1 to 2. Put your microwave and oven to work, and in just a few minutes in the kitchen, you can enjoy a Thanksgiving Day feast.

The Thanksgiving Dinner for 1-2 includes Sliced Turkey with Gravy, Apple Sage Stuffing, Magic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry-Orange Relish, Multi-Grain Rolls, and Pumpkin Pie. Or Choose the Deluxe version and you’ll get all the same, tasty, and healthy ingredients, along with two additional sides: Mashed Sweet Potatoes and French Green Beans in Mushroom Cream Sauce. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Take care of your Thanksgiving Day meal plans for 1 or 2, and place your order for a meal. You’ll be glad you did. When you sit down to enjoy the meal, enjoy every bite, and be sure to save some leftovers for later.

A Portrait of a happy senior woman at homeOther Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving
If you’re on your own, or celebrating Thanksgiving with just one other person, there are still many things you can do to enjoy this holiday.

  • Write letters to family and friends
  • Call someone who lives far away to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving
  • Try setting up a video chat with extended family members or friends who don’t live in the area
  • Play card games for one or two. Read a good book. Or plan to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV or even a football game.
  • Attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony or other holiday event
  • Volunteer to help out at a shelter and serve the Thanksgiving meal to others
  • Brave the shopping crowds the day after Thanksgiving with the goal of spreading good cheer with a smile, kind word, or helping hand

Renal Diet? Ideas for the Thanksgiving Meal

October 29th, 2015

home-page-thanksgivingIf you’re on a renal diet, you might wonder how to choose the right foods for the big Thanksgiving meal that won’t compromise your health. And if you’re cooking dinner and expect to host a guest with renal disease, you might be wondering what kind of food you should make. Planning ahead and knowing what to eat and what to prepare can make the celebration enjoyable for everyone.

When you have renal disease, it’s important to limit foods high in sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and protein. So what kind of food can you enjoy on Thanksgiving Day? Fortunately, more than you might think. If you’re a dinner guest, these tips will help you make smart food choices. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Limit salt. Limiting salt and high-sodium foods reduces hypertension, assists blood pressure medications to work more effectively and treats fluid retention. For Thanksgiving, there are lower-sodium turkeys for sale, and pick side dishes from Davita for kidney-friendly recipes.
  1. Keep track of fluids. It’s important to control the amount of fluids you drink. But there’s more to it than just limiting the amount of water you have. Even gravy and gelatin count as fluids. Pay attention to the amount of fluids you’re drinking and eating at the Thanksgiving meal.
  1. apple-pieChoose low-potassium desserts. The Thanksgiving meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert. You can still enjoy a treat after the big meal, but be selective. Choose a low-potassium dessert like carrot cake, apple pie, or cherry pie, instead of desserts higher in potassium like rich, chocolate desserts, pumpkin or pecan pie, or fruitcake.
  1. Eat healthier potatoes. Most Thanksgiving meals include mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or both. But they’re high in potassium. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to make them healthier for those following a renal diet. Peel and cut the potatoes, then leach them in water for at least four hours, before baking or boiling. Sweet Potatoes have about half the potassium of white potatoes, so they are the wiser choice.

If you’re cooking for a crowd on Thanksgiving Day, you don’t have to cater the entire meal to meet the needs of someone on the guest list who needs to follow a renal diet. Simply preparing a few dishes with them in mind, or picking from healthier options available at will make the meal more enjoyable for you and your guests.

Keeping a close eye on your diet and food choices is important when you have renal disease. On Thanksgiving Day, enjoy a small sample of foods that look good and fit your plan to follow a renal-friendly diet. But don’t overdo it. Controlling portion sizes is another important part of following a renal friendly diet.


Diabetic Ideas for the Thanksgiving Meal

October 29th, 2015

thanksgiving-dinnerWhen you have diabetes, managing the disease means you need to be mindful of what you’re eating. Stick to eating healthy meals at regular intervals and it’s doable. But how do you handle eating when it comes to the big Thanksgiving Day meal? And if you’re cooking for guests who have diabetes, what do you need to know?

With an estimated 29 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, and another 79 million with pre-diabetes, looking for ways to eat healthier to control blood sugar levels makes sense for most people. Show up to enjoy the feast or get cooking in the kitchen with a plan in place, and the big meal will be enjoyable for everyone, even those with diabetes. Here’s how to navigate the Thanksgiving feast.

Create Your Plate with Diabetic-Friendly Foods
If you’re not sure what to cook for Thanksgiving, or what to eat, follow the Create Your Plate! model designed by the American Diabetes Association. This healthy eating plan gives you a visual of what to eat to manage your diabetes. Half your plate should include non-starchy vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and tomatoes. Some healthy protein (turkey makes the list), whole grains, and starchy vegetables are good for you too. Follow this basic plan, and you’ll be on track to control calories and limit carbohydrates, important for managing diabetes.

thanksgiving-dinner-platedEnjoy the Turkey
After filling half your plate with vegetables, be sure to enjoy a serving of turkey. It’s high in protein and doesn’t contain carbs that can elevate blood sugar levels. But a serving is all you really need, which is about the size of your palm. If you’re cooking the turkey, it’s healthier to roast it in the oven than deep fry it. And when it’s ready to eat, remove the skin, which contains a lot of calories and fat.

Sample the Stuffing
If you’re a true traditionalist, you can’t have a Thanksgiving meal without stuffing. But if you have diabetes, you’ll probably only want a small sample of stuffing. Why? It’s generally made with white bread and is high in carbohydrates. If you’re in charge of making the stuffing, use whole wheat bread and add more non-starchy vegetables to the stuffing mix. Doing this will make the stuffing more diabetic-friendly, take longer to digest, and do a better job at regulating blood sugar levels than traditional stuffing. French Green Beans with Mushroom Sauce French Green Beans with Mushroom Sauce

Pay Attention to Potatoes

If you showed up as a guest at the first Thanksgiving, potatoes weren’t on the menu. Yet today, mashed potatoes and gravy, and sweet potatoes are a common side dish that goes with the turkey. If you plan to eat potatoes, only eat a small serving. They’re a high-carb food that can cause rapid changes in blood sugar levels. Check out some recipes to make a healthier version of mashed potatoes, or try our Magic Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Enjoy the Green Beans
If you’re following the Create Your Plate! advice to choose diabetic-friendly foods, green beans are a good choice. And they’re often served steamed, sautéed, or added to a casserole for the Thanksgiving meal. They taste great seasoned with onions, herbs, and other spices. Or you can try our French Green Beans with Mushrooms and Cream Sauce. Other diabetic side dishes on our menu include decadent Creamy Spinach and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, two classic sides that will make you forget about potatoes.

Save Room for Dessert
Pay attention to the kind of foods you’re putting on your plate and be aware of the amount of carbs you’re eating to manage your diabetes. Doing this will help you make smart food choices, and even have room for dessert. You’ll want to skip, rich, decadent desserts made with lots of sugar and flour. But there are lots of healthy options that can be your sweet treat after the big meal like cinnamon roasted pears, quinoa dessert pudding, or even some healthier items from our dessert menu.


Dialysis Ideas for the Thanksgiving Meal

October 29th, 2015

thanksgiving-dinnerWhen you’re making the best of being on dialysis, your food choices and healthy habits make a difference. But just thinking about how to handle the Thanksgiving meal, might stress you out even more than your kidneys already are. After all, it’s the most celebrated holiday in the United States that involves huge amounts of food. And you know you need to follow a carefully-controlled diet to protect your health. If you’re cooking for a guest required to follow a dialysis-friendly diet, you might be worried about making the right food, too.

Fortunately, cooking in the kitchen or dishing up a plate of food for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful, even if you’re on dialysis. If you’re uber-worried about what to eat, or what to prepare, try the dialysis-friendly recipes on!

If you’ve got a handle on what foods to eat and what foods to avoid to manage your kidney disease, or you’re willing to cook up some foods with a dialysis-friendly diet in mind for the big meal, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Face the Facts about Fluids
Gobble too much, and you’re going to be thirsty. And that’s a problem when you’re on dialysis. Drinking too much can create problems when it’s time for your next treatment. Face the facts, that you’re likely to eat and drink a little more on Thanksgiving Day than usual, and plan ahead by eating and spoonsfuldrinking less beginning the day before.

Try Small Spoonful Samples
One way to ruin a delicious-looking Thanksgiving meal is to sit around the table watching everyone else eat, while you try to find some merriment in eating another pile of vegetables. Forget about total deprivation, and recognize the fact that you need to limit sodium, potassium, and phosphorus in your diet. Instead, try small spoonful-sized samples of the so-called bad foods and savor every bite.

Go Easy on the Alcohol

Many people serve wine and other alcoholic drinks as part of the Thanksgiving meal. If you’re going to have a drink, stick with a small serving or shot. But don’t overdo it. You know too much alcohol can lead to other problems. Even drinking too much water when you’re on dialysis can be harmful to your health.

pushawayPut Down the Fork and Step Away from the Table

When your doctor or dietitian told you about the changes you needed to make to your diet when you started dialysis, you agreed. Why? Managing your food choices is one of the best ways to protect your health when you have kidney disease. That means you need to exercise self-control when it comes to eating, especially on Thanksgiving Day. When it’s time for dinner, have a plan for what you’ll eat, how much, and when you’ll take your last bite. When you’re done, put down your fork, clear your spot, and step away from the table.

Your Plan for Potatoes and Turkey

Dialysis patients generally have higher protein needs than others. That means you can dig into the roasted turkey and enjoy. As for the potatoes, ask the cook ahead of time to soak them in water to reduce potassium levels, or bring your own to add to the feast.

Whatever you do, enjoy the holiday and don’t get stressed out. After all, it is more about family and friends then food, in the larger scheme of things.


Top Fifteen Lower Sodium Convenience Foods

October 29th, 2015

When you’re in a hurry to grab a bite to eat or get dinner on the table, convenience food probably comes to mind. But if you’re trying to limit the amount of sodium you consume, you already know that fast food, French fries, and processed meals made with loads of preservatives don’t make the cut for foods low in sodium.

But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for munching on chopped vegetables all the time. In fact, when you’re busy and need to eat healthy or get dinner on the table in a hurry, you can. We’ve created a large selection of Low-Sodium meals at MagicKitchen.Light-Sodium-Roasted-Red-Pepper-Tomato-450com. Pick your favorites and add these Top 15 Lower Sodium Convenience Foods to your meal.

  1. Pacific Natural Foods Organic Light Sodium Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. It’s got all the right ingredients for a yummy and rich-flavored tomato soup without the added sodium typically found in canned soups.
  1. Wish Bone Salad Spritzers. Most people don’t realize that traditional salad dressings can be high in sodium. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Wish-Bone created a line of spritz-style dressings packed with flavor without a lot of sodium.
  1. Food for Life Ezekiel Low Sodium Sprouted Wheat Bread. Bread is a popular convenience food used to make breakfast toast and sandwiches. But it can contain a lot of sodium. How about a slice of bread with 0mg of sodium? It tastes good too, seriously.
  1. Cedar’s Cucumber Garlic Tzatsiki. A little dip taste great with chopped vegetables, or healthy, low-sodium crackers. But read the food label on most dips and spreads, and the amount of sodium might shock you. Skip the high-sodium stuff and try this kind made with Greek yogurt.
  1. Wheat Thins Hint of Salt. Pack your lunch or need a quick snack, and crackers or chips often make it on the menu. But if you’re trying to limit sodium, most don’t pass the low-sodium test. With more and more people aiming to eat less sodium, Nabisco listened to consumer feedback and fudge-barsmade a low-sodium version of its most popular cracker.
  1. Whole Treat Organic Fudge Bars. When you get a craving for something sweet, steer clear of desserts, candies, and cookies that usually have a lot of sodium in a single service. Instead, have a frozen treat like this organic fudge bar that only contains 2 percent of the recommended daily amount of sodium.
  1. Planters Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts. Studies show that eating a small handful of nuts can actually be good for your health and your heart. They do tend to be high in calories so moderation is important. But not all nuts are created equal. Many are heavily salted, and those are ones you want to avoid if you’re trying to cut back on sodium. Fortunately, there are unsalted and lightly salted varieties available.
  1. Mini Babybel Light Cheese. If you want an easy way to cut back on calories and sodium in your diet, take a look at the kind of cheese you’re eating. You don’t have to swear off cheese, but making a healthy substitute with something like Mini Babybel Light Cheese can help.
  1. wog-cookiesWorld of Grains Cookies. Mars Inc. may be best known for making chocolate candy bars and sweet treats, but they’ve expanded their reach with a new line of snacks that are low in sodium and healthier than those impulse buys at the checkout stand.
  1. Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Take a look at typical breakfast foods like toast made with white bread, donuts and pastries, bacon and eggs, and they all have at least one thing in common…sodium. Want a healthy, low-sodium option for breakfast. Try rolled oats topped with fresh berries or a little of honey.
  1. Tkashiasty Bite Spinach Dal & Basmati Rice. Need a reason to quit eating white rice? Pick one. It’s digested rapidly and can cause a spike in blood sugar levels. It’s often cooked with an excessive amount of salt and butter. Some health experts even consider it an empty source of calories with little to no nutritional value. How about a healthy alternative? Try this low-sodium, easy-to-make dish by Tasty Bite.
  1. Del Monte No Salt Added Petite Diced Canned Tomatoes. The next time you put a can of diced tomatoes on your shopping list, go to store and read the food labels for different brands. You’ll find that most diced tomatoes (and many other canned foods) are made with added sodium. Choose the low-sodium, or no-sodium version.
  1. Kashi Whole Pilaf Original. Rice pilaf is a popular side dish that goes well with grilled chicken, fish, and other main courses. But the typical fare isn’t made for the person trying to cut back on sodium. Fortunately, you have options like this low-sodium pilaf by Kashi.
  1. Eden No Salt Added Organic Black Beans. Buy most beans in a can, and the first thing you should do is rinse them in water to remove excess sodium. Most food manufacturers use sodium in canned foods to help prolong shelf life. Skip the added step of rinsing beans, and try this no-salt-added version to make your next meal.
  1. Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Whole Grain Brown. When you’re trying to limit the amount of sodium you eat in your diet, less than 1,500 mg a day is recommended by the American Heart Association. If you want to add rice to a meal, go with a brown variety like this one that only contains 15 mg of sodium per serving.

Following a low-sodium diet doesn’t mean you have to settle for bland-tasting food. In fact, lots of options exist that are healthy, taste great, and don’t contain a lot of sodium. Don’t forget to check out all the low-sodium meals available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at