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Low Sodium Paleo Snacks

by (10) Updated July 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM Created May 07, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I just checked my blood pressure last night and it was 143/95!!! Unbelievable - it is usually 120/80... so I was completely shocked.

I just now checked the sodium on some of my daily staples. I've been eating beef jerky (620mg sodium per serving), ham bites (500mg per serving) and steak strips (500mg per serving). It didn't hit me until I checked my blood pressure last night, that these are horrible options to eat on a daily basis, considering a full days sodium should be no more than 2300mg.

So....I'm asking my fellow Paleo people - what are some good options/replacements for the above items (beef jerky/ham/steak) that have less sodium? Do they make these items with less sodium, or is it best to cut them altogether?

Please help!

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2282 · May 07, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Anything home made is going to be significantly lower in sodium. Home made jerky and freshly cooked steak or ham are loads better for you than any type of packaged convenience food.

Buy a giant slab of beef or turkey and make some homemade jerky (easy).

Grill up a big flank steak, slice it up and keep it in the fridge for the week to snack on.

Bake a big ol ham, dice it up and put it into containers/bags to bring as snacks. You can freeze portions if you make a lot and take it out as you need it.

I personally don't snack unless I'm on the road or very active that day and feel hungry. n=1 focusing on 2 or 3 solid meals a day with lots of fat/protein and some carbs that fill me up and carry me through all the way to the next meal really has helped regulate my appetite and blood sugar.

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1972 · May 07, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I don't snack often but when I do, I usually eat fruit or raw veggies. I eat a bit of dairy so I also like greek yogurt as a snack. Honestly, fruit as a snack cannot be beat... bananas, apples, diced pineapple, pears, and plumbs are some of my favorites. They are super portable adn delicious!

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11011 · May 07, 2013 at 1:08 PM

It's not just about lowering sodium, it also helps to raise potassium. Sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium, along with some other vegetables.

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