To stay healthy, people on dialysis have to control their levels of salt, potassium, phosphorus, and saturated fats by limiting their intake of certain foods. Using spices to substitute for salt in foods is not only good for your blood pressure, but is also good for your kidneys.
Diets containing fresh, flavorful ingredients can be healthy for patients on dialysis, as well as tasty, affordable, easy to prepare, and great for the whole family. Dialysis patients do not have to settle for food that is boring or bland. Here are the top spices to substitute for salt in recipes.
- Lemon zest adds a lively taste to breadcrumbs, breaded chicken tenders and fish sticks or to renal-friendly vegetables like eggplant or string beans. Also great in dressings and marinades, or mixed with dry spices and used as a rub for broiled or baked seafood.
- Dried oregano enhances the flavor of scampi sauces and combines well with lemon zest. Gives steamed vegetables or tossed salads a fresh, earthy taste and aroma. Or add it to fajita seasonings, along with chili powder, cumin, cayenne and lemon zest.
- Chili powder tastes great in chili or taco meat flavoring. Also try adding it to rubs. (Most brands are salt-free; check the label to make sure.)
- Smoked paprika adds a deep, brown color to breadcrumb casserole toppings, barbecue rubs or to seasoning blends for sautéing or searing proteins like lean beef, pork or poultry, or fish. It also adds a great smoky flavor to marinades.
- Italian seasoning, a blend of thyme, oregano and basil, is great for finishing off sauces such as stroganoff or gravies. Works well on baked, grilled or sautéed proteins with lemon zest and a little oil. Or add it to lemon zest, juice, and olive oil to make dressings or marinade. (Most brands are salt-free; check the label to make sure.)