Popular low-sodium foods include fresh fish, eggs, rice, corn tortillas and dry beans. All fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables without added sauces are ideal foods to add to a low-sodium diet. Low-sodium options are available for dairy, meat, grains, snacks and desserts.
Focusing on whole foods and avoiding processed foods is the best way to maintain a low-sodium diet. Processed foods such as crackers, canned fish, cheese and soup qualify as low-sodium if they have 140 milligrams or fewer of sodium per serving. Look for "no salt added" or "low-sodium" labels on their containers.
Fresh and dried fruit are ideal low-sodium snacks for on-the-go lifestyles. Other snack options are unsalted pretzels, chips and popcorn packaged in 100-calorie snack packs.
Lower sodium in main courses by substituting salt for seasonings such as garlic, black pepper, lemon juice, ginger and vinegar. Lean meats such as chicken breast, pork chops and tilapia work well for lunch or dinner. Bake, broil or steam these proteins for a healthy alternative to a high-sodium meal.
Cooking pasta without salted water turns an otherwise salty starch into a low-sodium meal. Combine cooked pasta with steamed peas, low-sodium pasta sauce and low-sodium shredded mozzarella for a delicious and healthy lunch or dinner.