When high blood pressure has afflicted us, we carry it along like a cross wherever we go, including the restaurants. Dining out with high blood pressure is a test us of our will power to avoid sumptuous meals laden with sodium and potassium rich foods in the restaurant. This may mean breaking the carefully planned meals laid out by your dietician.
Normally, foods from the restaurant are prepared in the central kitchen where the frozen food is also found. To preserve the foods, salt is added and some sauces used may come from ready to serve cans. Hence, the amount of salt and potassium in a particular food is hard to account.
Nevertheless, to at least provide you a little dining pleasure, here is a list of foods you can eat when dining out:
1. No sauce broiled fish, meat and fowl.
2. Vegetables prepared without salt and olive oil if possible.
3. Steamed to perfection vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, etc. preferably unsalted.
4. Potatoes and pasta seasoned in olive oil, garlic, lemon or spices. Better yet, always carry with you your own non-sodium seasoning.
5. Shrimp, smoked salmon, salad with oil and vinegar, avocado or artichoke and unsalted mushroom.
6. Mineral water, iced tea with lemon, tea, coffee or soft drinks in moderation.
7. For dessert; fruits, fruit mousse or fruit pie without the crust.
In like manner, there are foods to avoid like:
1. Soup which may be served from cans or highly seasoned.
2. Rice rich in carbohydrates.
3. Appetizers often topped with cheese and sauces.
4. Bread and rolls which always contain salt upon preparation.
5. Cheese always contains salt no matter what.
6. Breaded foods, since batter was used to prepare them.
7. Foods fried in butter such as squid, chicken, fish or breaded veal.
8. Food enhancers as a whole which always contain salt and sometimes monosodium glutamate (MSG)
9. Alcoholic beverages but if unavoidable, try wine with soda (spritzers), a can of beer or a glass of wine only.
Simply eat only natural foods. Moreover, try to relay your message to the chef for the preparation of food with no salt. As a sauce substitute for broiled fish and chicken, Tabasco sauce is a good alternative. You can even request for a salad with the oil and vinegar on the side or even unsalted French fries.
On the other hand, if you will be travelling on an airplane, inform the airline that you are on a low-sodium meal. Give them notice of at least twenty-four hours including the travel time and flight number.
Remember, that it is not only your health that is at risk here but your money as well. So the next time that you think of dining out, keep in mind the foods to eat and avoid. In this way, dining out will be fun and enjoyable instead of being burdened by your high blood pressure.
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