Starting The High Potassium Foods Diet
At this point you have transitioned to a high potassium foods diet by following the posts starting here. For those used to the added salt and sugar in many foods in the usual American diet, a meal of high potassium foods may taste bland. The cure for blandness is to add spices.
Spices are among the highest of the high potassium foods. They contain some of the highest ratios of potassium to sodium of all foods. However, we usually only add a small amount of a spice to any particular dish. But if they are added to several dishes each day, they can contribute a large amount of potassium to our daily intake.
The high potassium spices table is here. By choosing your favorite spices and spice combinations, you can begin to experiment to find out ways to add different tastes to dishes and find out what you and your family prefer. To have high potassium foods tables sent to you, you can sign up below.
Garlic is a favorite spice and can be added to any meat, vegetable or grain dish. It can be used by itself or in combination with other spices. It is popular in combination with other Italian spices, such as oregano, basil and Italian parsley for Italian dishes or with paprika and onion for Hungarian dishes.
Chili pepper is a common spice added to a great many dishes to add heat. It too is often used in combination with other spices. Combining it with fats, such as olive oil, can moderate the heat. If the powder is too hot for you, but you want to develop a higher tolerance for pepper, you can start with the pepper fruit before it is dried. Cut off the end and remove the seeds and ribs inside. Eat it as strips, diced or ground and add to salads or other vegetable dishes.
Cocoa is popular and can be added to a great many dishes. Its table can be found here. If it is Dutched cocoa, it will have a great deal more potassium than cocoa that is not Dutched. Everyone thinks of adding it to milk or ice cream, and it can be added to almost any smoothie. One of my favorite dishes to add it to is oatmeal.
Cinnamon is another popular spice. It can be added to coffee, oatmeal and other breakfast cereals, and baked goods (but avoid those with self rising flour as discussed last post). A favorite dish my mother made for her kids was a flat, unleavened dough (no sodium) with cinnamon and a touch of sugar.
By using combinations of various spices you can begin to find a great many different food tastes while avoiding sodium and adding potassium. High potassium foods don’t have to be bland.