But I still needed to go grocery shopping yesterday to get potatoes for mashing, pastina, cottage cheese, and tuna. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get everything at one store. First I went to my favorite grocery store where I picked up a carton of Daisy Cottage Cheese. Its sodium content is fairly low when compared to other brands of cottage cheese, just 360 mgs sodium per ½ cup. I also picked up a package of Healthy Ones Honey Smoked Turkey Breast. With 290 mgs sodium per oz., I figured I could finely chop up the thin slices and gussy up scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and even cottage cheese. And, of course, I picked up a couple of frozen packages of Amy’s Light in Sodium Macaroni and Cheese.
For some reason, I wandered over to the soup aisle. I checked out the broths just to make sure the store still stocked Kitchen Basics unsalted Chicken and Beef stocks. While I was checking out the Kitchen Basics, my eyes drifted down to some containers of Swanson cooking stock. Usually, I don’t bother with Swanson products. Even the supposedly low sodium chicken stock packs a walloping 570 mgs sodium per cup. However, this time my eyes caught something that looked like the word, “UNSALTED.” I did a double take because I was sure my eyes were playing tricks on me. But upon careful examination, I realized that Swanson had indeed come out with unsalted Chicken and unsalted Beef stock. Amazing! I checked the nutritional information and was astounded to find that the chicken stock has only 130 mgs sodium per cup and the beef has 140 mgs per cup. Of course, I bought two containers each of both chicken and beef stock.
This is great news because Swanson has long been the premier supplier of grocery store broth and stock. Their products always taste good and stores are more inclined to stock products from the Campbell’s/Swanson family.
I headed over to Safeway to complete my shopping trip. There I picked up two loaves of Safeway Kitchens Very Low Sodium Multi-Grain Bread. It has only 5 mgs sodium for two slices and is very soft and not grainy at all. Perfect for a hurting mouth. (Yes, I usually do all our baking, but it’s been too hot to turn on the oven and flat breads like tortillas require too much chewing. I figure I can cut the crusts off and the squishy bread will be fine for a sore mouth.) Then I got a container of Lucerne (Safeway’s house brand) No Salt Added Cottage Cheese. It has only 45 mgs sodium per ½ cup. Unfortunately, it tastes like wet chalk to me! But by combining it with equal amounts of the Daisy cottage cheese, the taste is improved and the sodium content is cut to about 200 mgs per half cup. I also picked up a couple cans of Bumblebee Very Low Sodium Tuna. I figured I could smush up some tuna and mayo for a lunch time treat.
With all my shopping done, I headed home. I was excited about the Swanson stock find, so I immediately wanted to share the news. I tried finding the product on the Swanson website. No luck. In fact the only references I could find were nutritional information on the My Fitness Pal and the Live Strong websites, and an online site for Hannaford, a chain of grocery stores located on the East coast. Unfortunately, I can’t point you to a website. All I can do is encourage you to look for this product.
I tried it yesterday when cooking some thinly sliced potatoes in a skillet. It has a very mild chickeny taste, but there are no off flavors and it isn’t cloudy or murky. All in all, I think it’s a good product. It certainly cannot compare with homemade broth that has simmered for hours upon hours. But it’s a viable quick substitute, and, because it’s a Swanson product, should become readily available in most grocery stores.