The DASH Eating Plan

Getting More Potassium with DASH eating plan (NIH)

Getting More Potassium

Source: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/DASH

Increasing potassium by eating potassium-rich food is recommended for adults with high blood pressure who are otherwise healthy. While salt substitutes containing potassium are sometimes needed if you are on medication for high blood pressure, these supplements can be harmful to people with certain medical conditions. Ask your doctor before trying salt substitutes or supplements.

Fortunately, many healthy foods in the DASH eating plan are naturally rich in potassium, with vegetables and fruits being especially good sources.

Vegetables

Baked potatoes are easy to prepare and one of the best sources of potassium. One medium baked potato with the skin on has 941 mg of potassium. Top with herbs or salt-free seasoning so you can avoid any extra sodium.

Fruits

Many people know that bananas are a good source of potassium with 422 mg in a medium one, but dried fruits like peaches and apricots are also loaded with potassium and easy to have on hand for healthy snacks.

Dairy

One cup of plain, non-fat yogurt has 579 mg of potassium. Combine with fresh fruit like chopped bananas to add flavor and even more potassium. It can also be used as a dip, condiment, or substitution for high-fat dairy.

Fish

Eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids about twice a week is recommended for heart health. Some fish are also good sources of potassium, wild Atlantic salmon being one of the best at 534 mg per 3-ounce serving.

Good Sources of Potassium

Vegetables

Potassium SourceServing Size
Potato, baked with skin1 medium
Beet Greens, cooked from fresh1⁄2 cup
Tomato Puree1⁄2 cup
Sweet Potato, baked with skin1 medium
Swiss Chard, cooked1⁄2 cup
Yam, cooked1⁄2 cup
Acorn Squash, cooked1⁄2 cup
Spinach, cooked from fresh1⁄2 cup

Fruits

Banana1 medium
Peaches, dried1⁄4 cup
Prunes, stewed1⁄2 cup
Apricots, dried1⁄4 cup
Avocado1⁄2 cup
Plantains, slices, cooked1⁄2 cup

Dairy

Plain Yogurt, Nonfat1 cup
Skim Milk (Nonfat)1 cup

Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes

White Beans, canned1⁄2 cup
Soybeans, cooked1⁄2 cup
Lima Beans, cooked1⁄2 cup
Pinto Beans, cooked1⁄2 cup
Lentils, cooked1⁄2 cup
Kidney Beans, cooked1⁄2 cup

Meats, Fish, and Poultry

Salmon, wild Atlantic, cooked3 ounces
Halibut, cooked3 ounces
Tuna, Yellowfin, cooked3 ounces
Snapper, cooked3 ounces
Rockfish, Pacific, cooked3 ounces

EASY DASH RECIPES PACKED WITH POTASSIUM

Summer Breeze Smoothie

Non-fat plain yogurt, banana, strawberries, canned pineapple and a touch of vanilla make a refreshing treat.

Spicy Baked Fish

A salmon fillet, olive oil, and salt-free spicy seasoning baked for 15 minutes is quick, easy, and delicious.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

No added salt or fat is used in this easy-to-prepare, tasty potato dish that can even be made in the microwave.

Limas and Spinach

This delicious dish delivers 452 mg of potassium per serving by combining two potassium powerhouses.

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