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Low Sodium Snacks: 33+ Simple Recipes and Snacks to Buy [Dietitian Approved!]

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Two of the biggest health issues people in the United States have are blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. And the one best thing to manage in your diet with these conditions includes sodium. But when so many foods are sneakily packing in sodium, it can be tough to follow a low-sodium diet. We did the leg-work so you can enjoy low-sodium snacks found in the grocery store or online. In this article, we provide a “crash-course” on sodium, plus an extensive list of low-sodium snacks to enjoy while protecting your health.

This article was written by dietetic student Rachael Craig and reviewed by Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN.

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Low sodium snacks and kidney disease

There are many kidney-friendly low-sodium snack options available.

Just make sure you check the label for added phosphates, protein, and potassium content if you need to limit. 

The recommended snacks above are still great options for kidney patients.

By keeping portions in snack amounts, they can absolutely fit into a renal diet. 

Why are Low Sodium snacks important?

Snacks give us an extra boost of energy between meals, so we can keep energy levels up throughout the day.

It’s important to eat at least once every 3-4 hours. Some people may find they have better energy levels with snacking every 2-3 hours as well.

That being said, snacks can really help or hurt your health goals.

Choosing unhealthy or nutrient-poor snacks can make setbacks on your goals or it can propel you in the right direction.

Shopping for Low Sodium Snacks

Many options for low sodium snacks and no sodium snacks can be found at your local grocery store or market.

These days, convenience stores also are starting to increase their healthier snack options.

This helps to make them more accessible to everyone on-the-go or with limited food options.

You can also check out our Amazon Store for some of our favorite options, including many of the ideas shared here.

How to Choose Low-Sodium Snacks

The best rule of thumb when it comes to cutting back on sodium is to read your food labels.

Sodium adds up quickly so stick to freshly prepared foods as much as possible and try to avoid processed foods and fast food.

When snacking on packaged foods, make sure to choose low sodium snacks.

A great rule of thumb for low sodium snacks is to keep it to less than 5% sodium in your snack serving.

If you find a snack that is 10%, just take half the serving size to make it 5%.

No sodium snacks

For some on-the-go, no sodium snack options try roasted, unsalted nuts and seeds.

Throw a few different types together with some dried cranberries and raisins for a tasty sodium-free trail mix.

Try shaking up some unsalted nuts, seeds, and dried cranberries for an easy no-sodium snack mix.

Low sodium snacks

Many fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally low in sodium and make great snack options.

12 Fruit or Veggies + Dip Ideas

It’s always a great thing when we can get in some more fruits and veggies.

A tasty dip can make it even more enjoyable by adding more flavor.

Since fruits and vegetables are naturally low in sodium, you’ll just want to make sure your dip is low in salt. Portions are key.

Some ideas we love include;

  • Carrot sticks and hummus
  • Strawberries and coconut yogurt
  • Celery and nut butter
  • Mini bell peppers with salsa
  • Cucumber slices with cream cheese and everything-but-the-bagel Dash blend
  • Apples and nut butter and cinnamon
  • Roasted Broccoli with Tzatziki sauce
  • Zucchini “fries” with ranch-yogurt sauce
  • Radishes with a creamy yogurt herb dip
  • Snap peas and guacamole
  • Cauliflower and paprika hummus
  • Carrot chips and baba ghanoush

11 Crunchy Packaged Snack Ideas

As mentioned, many packaged snacks can be packed with sodium.

These ideas below are low sodium snacks that are meant to satisfy and keep you feeling good.

Try adding one of these with a fruit or veggie-dip combo from above for a well-rounded and filling snack.

*these snacks are higher in protein

As mentioned above, you can find most these snacks online or in grocery stores.

10 Sweet Low Sodium Snack Ideas

Sometimes, a sweeter snack feels like the better fit. But don’t be fooled- just because a snack is sweeter doesn’t mean it won’t have salt in in.

In fact, many sweet snacks are higher in sodium to “balance” the sweetness.

Here are some low sodium snacks to enjoy without overdoing the salt.

Summary

In general, those with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and/or kidney disease should keep their sodium intake between 1,500 to 2,300 mg per day.

When choosing low-sodium snacks, start with a fruit or vegetable. Fruits and vegetables are naturally very low in sodium, and will provide healthy nutrition to support heart and kidney health.

However, fruits and vegetables alone may not be satisfying enough. To add more calories, texture, and a little fun to your snack, grab a simple trail mix, nut bar, or even low-sodium chips or crackers.

Low-sodium dips like cream cheese, yogurt-based dips, salsa, and even guacamole can also be included. Read the food label and aim for no more than 5%DV (daily value) sodium per serving. Be sure to measure out the portion if it’s not pre-portioned.

By choosing snacks that are naturally lower in sodium, like fruits and vegetables, sodium will be less of a hassle to worry about. That doesn’t mean you can’t use packaged snacks. As always, remember to check your nutrition fact labels before indulging. Happy snacking!

This article was written by dietetic student Rachel Craig and reviewed by Jen Hernandez, RDN, CSR, LDN.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Board-Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition | Website | + posts

Jen Hernandez is a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in renal nutrition. She has nearly a decade of experience with kidney disease patients in all stages - from stage 1 through kidney transplant. Jen writes on the blog of Plant-Powered Kidneys to help reach and teach more kidney patients about how they can enjoy more foods in a plant-based diet while protecting kidney health.

16 thoughts on “Low Sodium Snacks: 33+ Simple Recipes and Snacks to Buy [Dietitian Approved!]”

  1. Jen,
    I have some organic dried cherries from Costco. Would these be okay to use in the no sodium trail mix that you mentioned in your post about low sodium snacks?
    Nona Wilt

    1. Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

      Hi Nona! Dried cherries can work. Check the potassium content (all dried fruits will be high, FYI) so keep portion in mind!

  2. Jen, thanks for all of the good tips regarding kidney-friendly snacks that are low in sodium. I have a very big appetite and have lost a lot of weight (I was already slim, and now I am quite skinny) while trying to stick to a low-sodium diet. I have also been keeping a close eye on potassium, phosphorus, and protein. Given my need to put on at least some of the weight that I’ve lost, The information about low-sodium snacks that you wrote about (and I just read about) will definitely be helpful to me. And I thank you for that. On a separate note, I am very much looking forward to the plant—powered kidneys online class. I am very anxious to find out when it begins, and I thank you for letting me know that it will be in the relatively near future. Thank you for all that you do. You are helping so many people.

  3. Thank you Jen for all the help with good foods and bad food it help so very much, I have tried and tried to find a dietitian here in east TN, having no luck at all feeling lost and trying to do this on my own..

  4. Karen Provencher

    I found some foods that didn’t say phosphorus in them there was a phone number and I called and there was phosphorus in it

    1. Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

      Wow, way to go the extra mile, Karen! I hope one day they make phosphorus more prominent on the nutrition label. Even for those without CKD, phosphorus is good to learn about!

  5. Elizabeth Newman

    Hello Jen,
    My name is Liz, you are helping me so much with my diet, thank you I always watch Dadvice I love it. I was diagnosed with CKD in January 2020 after finding protein in my urine and I am stage 3 and have high blood pressure and I have been struggling with my diet and trying to get as much info as I can, I have recently switched to plant based, so hoping it will help. Thank you x

    1. Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

      Hi Liz,
      That is great to hear! It takes a lot to put yourself first and make changes in your diet. At stage 3 you have a lot of opportunities. One of the things we do that has helped a lot of people in the same situation is our 6-week PPK course. We’ll be opening enrollment later next month, but you can get on the waitlist so you know exactly when it’s open!
      Keep working at it! I’ve no doubt you’ll see benefits!

  6. Hi Jen,
    You are a great educator. I always watch you on dadvice tv on tuesdays and love you. I’m stage 4 . I am able to manage my phosphorus with your advice. My question is the “ low sodium trail mix “ snack you shared in this article ; is it ok for me to make it part of my diet. My phosphorus is 4.0 and potassium is 4.8
    Thanks

    1. Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

      Hi Lubna,
      Thank you so much for the kind words! Unfortunately, though, I’m not allowed to provide individualized advice here. You can confirm if it’s good with your healthcare team. The recommendations we provide on the website work for many, but not all. Kidney disease is just too individualized, which is a good thing.

  7. Hi, thank you for all this great information, I am having trouble finding a sweetener that won’t affect type 2 diabetes. I was recently diagnosed with kidney disease.

    1. Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

      Hi Carol! There are many safe sweeteners that can be used. We like to go for easy-to-find options like table sugar, honey, and Stevia. When blood sugar control is a concern, it’s very important to track blood sugars to see how different foods (and different food pairings) impact blood sugars. Just like kidney disease, diabetes management is individualized.

    1. Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

      I’ve found them to work well! They’re just 95 milligrams of sodium per serving – yay!

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