For the majority of us, watching our salt intake is something we know that we should do. In recent years, I’ve added that to my list of things to check out at the grocery store when shopping for the family. In fact, one day recently, Jessie and I were on the frozen food isle when she pulled out a Hungry Man Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes dinner. (This was one of her favorites when she was really little, dad was out of town, and mom let them pick out a frozen meal for dinner. Am I the only one guilty of that?) The girl nearly tackled and whipped me for abusing my children with a frozen dinner which has around 2869 mg of sodium! Double ouch.
Fast forward to the present and, of all things, Jessie is told to consume more salt. Aside from the thought of eating a Hungry Man dinner every night (which is truly gross, by the way), I really had no idea how tough this feat is to accomplish while keeping the remainder of the family on your typical “low-salt” diet. Right now I’m buying tons of Power Ade and setting the salt shaker at Jessie’s end of the table. I considered salt tablets which, by the way, are so unpopular that you have to purchase them online, but the cardiologist said no. As I said in an earlier post, Jeff, my brilliant husband, and Wes suggested heading out to the nearest farm store for a large block of salt to put out back, or maybe beside Jessie’s bed, so that she can lean over and give it a lick every once in awhile. Needless to say, this didn’t go over very well.
Getting back to the diet, Jessie hates dill pickles and can’t eat most of the other things on the list because they contain gluten. So our search continues. I will step off of my soapbox now as it’s time to salt the potatoes, broccoli, and chicken for dinner.