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He has been put on a salt free and oil free diet. Does anyone have any recipes without a big amount of sodium or oil? I feel like most things are super bland. I’ve been mainly cooking omelettes with mushroom, spinach and kale which hubby douses in chilli sauce or grilled chicken and boiled sweet potato. I feel like I’m on a super strict diet and the both of us don’t want to eat because there’s no flavour in our food.

Posted by Frankiielot, 20th March 2021

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  • Local bookstores often have a good range of cookbooks for particular diets. We have plenty of Heart Health cookbooks.

  • The Heart Foundation have a terrific online site and resources which includes recipes.

  • I never add salt to my food and rarely add extra oil. For flavour I use a variety of herbs and spices – the type depends on the meal but you can use either fresh or dried. I think if you’re both used to using salt it’ll take you some time getting used to it.

  • Hi
    My husband was diagnosed with heart failure in September last year. For us it’s also a huge adjustment. Not only watch what he eats and only 1 1/2 litres fluid in total a day. Only allowed once a month after he has had INR blood test reading for warfarin (blood thinners) all green veggies like asparagus-broccoli spinach etc.. or cranberry can affect the reading level. As for salt we were too counting how much he can have. We spoke with cardiologist and they said a pinch of salt should be ok. I know it’s a scary think but sending you positive thoughts.. I’m European background so I grew up eating big meals lots of salt.. my husband is Australian so for my family I use to cook large family dinners for 2 nights and very little salt.. it’s a eye opener when you have to cook smaller meals.. also depending on what your husband’s condition is and he should speak with the cardiologist they can put you on a plan

  • @buggeritliz – amazing tips thank you!!!
    I actually never thought about tumeric or dill but I love dill with lemon.

  • Marinade all your meat. Buy a great non-stick frying pan your marinaded meat and chicken and seafood. Go crazy in the spice aisle read the ingredients check no salt. Add Turmeric its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Stir-fry your veggies adding lots of spices. Salmon with mixed Asian greens and lemongrass and fresh ginger with garlic and chillies is very tasty. Fish dipped in a mix of dill and flour and dry-grilled in the non-stick pan is delicious. (The juice of the fish cooks off the flour and gives it a crispy edge.) Serve the fish on a bed of Kale Salad and Garlic sauce.

  • Seeing a dietician maybe more helpful to get on the right path. Good luck!

  • You can get special healthy salts Coles and Wollies have them and Health food shops probably have more, so you won’t feel your food has no taste also have salads for a change and I don’t know about having too many omelettes.

  • Try adding Smokey paprika into your omelette It gives it a bacony taste

  • We went salt free some years ago – you need to give your taste buds a chance to adjust. Six weeks or so, and you’ll start to find your food tasty again. Also, I’m sure I’ve seen some salt free cookbooks – maybe try googling for them, since I can’t remember any names.

  • Cant help u but I remember when I was on no salt diet for two weeks and all the food was lucking flavour and I was so surprised how many products have salt in .good luck

  • My husband also has been diagnosed with a Heart Condition just recently.
    He is now seen a Dietician our GP recommended to see and it seems to be helping us with idea of types of food what to avoid

  • Spices all the way, just not the pre mixed ones because they are filled with salt…curry, lemon and lime juice. Lemon grass, ginger, onion, garlic

  • I’m not sure what to suggest other than using different spices in your food instead of salt. Spices like cumin or cajun spice mix can add a lot of flavour, as can herbs like basil or oregano.

  • I can imagine that is hard ! You can add more flavours with spices. In general cooked food contains less fat. Asian dishes with boiled rice can be good, also roasting doesn’t have to contain much fat.

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