Saturday, January 14, 2017

Shopping at Whole Foods

I stopped by Whole Foods yesterday on the way back from a family get together and came home with a few products recommended by members of the Low Sodium Cooking Facebook group. Whole Foods is about a 35 minute drive from my home, and, as a result, I don’t shop there often. Plus I’m fortunate to have four well-stocked supermarkets and a natural foods store nearby, so I’m able to find quite a lot of low sodium products locally.

I didn’t do a careful investigation of each aisle. Instead, I mainly looked for items that I can not find easily at my local grocery stores. And I picked up a few things from my regular shopping list. I'm in Northern CA, so the Whole Foods products from my closest store may differ from what's available elsewhere.

I was particularly pleased to find 3 varieties of frozen NSA french fries ‒ crinkle cut, shoestring, and steak cut. Not necessarily something I’d use every day but great for gussying up a ho-hum sandwich lunch. The sweet pickle relish was almost 50% lower in sodium than other famous name brands. The 365 mayo is quite low too, as is the store brand fresh mozzarella. I was surprised to find 365 NSA almond and cashew butter. I already knew about the Kerrygold butter spread and needed to pick up some more. I didn’t get a bag of the NSA white tortilla chips because I’m still working on one from Trader Joe’s. I wanted to try the sweet white miso. It’s the lowest in sodium I’ve ever seen. I’m able to get Spicely products locally (they have a huge selection of NSA spice blends), but I couldn’t pass up buying a couple of extra packages of the breakfast sausage blend.

All in all, I was happy with the results of my shopping trip. The Whole Foods market is not too far from the Trader Joe’s I shop at, so I figure I’ll hit both stores about every two months. The more I visit Whole Foods, the more new low sodium products I’ll discover. I'm sure there are lots more to find. What are your favorites?

Here’s what I found so far:
(Printable List)
  • 365 Organic Sweet Relish: 65 mg sodium/Tbsp (between 120 - 140 for brand name versions)
  • 365 Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast Slices: 240 mg sodium/2 oz
  • 365 Cashew Butter, Creamy: NSA
  • 365 Almond Butter, Creamy: NSA
  • 365 Mayonnaise: 40 mg sodium/Tbsp
  • 365 Organic Shoestring French Fries: NSA
  • 365 Organic Steak Cut French Fries: NSA
  • 365 Organic Crinkle Cut French Fries: NSA
  • 365 White Corn Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips: NSA (not pictured)
  • Whole Foods Fresh Mozzarella: 55 mg sodium/oz (not pictured)
  • Kerrygold Reduced Fat Irish Butter - 50% less Sodium: 45 mg sodium/Tbsp
  • Miso Master Organic Sweet White Less-Sodium Miso: 135 mg sodium/Tbsp (lowest sodium I’ve found so far)
  • Spicely Organic Breakfast Sausage Seasoning Blend: NSA


JMom said...

@shambo, you've done it again, finding and sharing great low sodium options! I really needed the mayo recommendation, too. I had been making homemade mayo, but my local grocery can't get pasteurized eggs. At 40 mg/tablespoon, I don't have to make my own! Thanks for all you do!

shambo said...

Jmom, you're too kind. I have definitely "been there and done that" regarding lower sodium mayonnaise. I used to make my own when my local Safeway sold pasteurized eggs. Then, like your experience, they suddenly stopped selling them. I tried EggBeaters, and they worked well. But I couldn't use up the carton of leftover egg substitute fast enough. Then I tried powdered egg whites. They worked OK too. But I finally got tired of making my own and bought Kraft because it was the lowest in sodium of the brands I could easily find. The Whole Foods mayo is a pretty good product and definitely much, much lower in sodium than the other famous name brands. I hope you like it.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to drop you a note Thank you for the blog! I suffer from Chronic high blood pressure and recently found out that I was pregnant. I had to completely switch my diet to low sodium since my medication change. Your blog has been so helpful! Keep up the good work!

shambo said...

Thanks for your kind comments. Be sure to check out the right hand section of my blog. There are links for all sorts of informational sources, product sources, and inspirational blogs and low sodium Facebook groups. Going low sodium can be daunting at first, but there's a whole community of people who are traveling the same road and are willing to help. Good luck on your low sodium journey and blessings on your pregnancy.

The Daily Dish said...

Ooh..!! Thanks SO much for the heads-up on the lo-so miso, Shambo!! That's an amazing find! I will check our local WF for it. Also, thank you so much for the link to the Facebook group! I've asked to join and look forward to more recommendations, recipes, etc. Wishing you all the best always and a very happy new year, my friend!

shambo said...

Christy, so good to hear from you. Since it's organic, I bet your WF carries that particular miso. If not, a natural foods store might. Of the 3 Facebook groups listed & linked on the right hand column of my blog, "Low Sodium Cooking" and "Shakin' the Salt" are the most active with lots of posting members. Wishing you a happy new year too.