Instant oatmeal is a popular option for the morning rush, especially in winter. Just add hot water and you have a warm and nutritious bowl of goodness, right? Not necessarily, says Paul Salter, RD, sports nutrition consultant in Flagstaff, AZ, for Renaissance Periodization. “Spend an extra couple of minutes each morning with a serving of old-fashioned oats rather than relying on instant oatmeal,” Salter says. Instant oatmeal can have as much as 200 mg per serving compared to plain oats, which can contain 0 mg of sodium. If plain oatmeal sounds blah, try topping it with berries, Greek yogurt, and cinnamon. Get more ideas for tasty oatmeal toppings you might never have thought to try.
Even after a heavy-duty sweat session at the gym, you probably don’t need a sports drink to replace your sodium stores. “Those beverages are created for athletes training at a high level for an extended period,” says Alysha Coughler, RD, a dietitian and personal trainer with Cardio-Go in Toronto, Ontario, CA. Water, coconut water, or maple water will quench your thirst and keep you within your daily sodium budget. Here are some surprising reasons you’re always thirsty. (Yes, eating foods high in sodium is one of them!)
A vegetarian or vegan diet is known for being exceptionally healthy, so you may be shocked to learn that a veggie burger could be high in sodium. “Many meat substitutes are as high, or higher in salt than the regular stuff, to improve the flavor and texture,” Coughler says. Here are the things that happen to your body when you give up eating meat.