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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Potassium at a Glance

Learn more about nutrition after weight loss surgery when you read "A Collection of Neighborhood Recipes - the LivingAfterWLS Cookbook"

Yesterday's "Cooking With Kaye" newsletter addressed the nutrient potassium and how to enrich our health with potassium dense foods. I hope you enjoyed the recipes and will make them part of your menu rotation as you cook for healthy living after weight loss surgery. Here is a brief summary about potassium for further reference:

Adults require 4700mg of potassium a day.

Potassium maintains normal fluid and electrolyte balance; facilitates many reactions; supports cell integrity; assists in nerve impulse transmission and muscle contractions.

Symptoms of potassium deficiency include muscle weakness, paralysis and confusion.

Toxicity symptoms include muscle weakness, vomiting.

Whole foods including meat, milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes are excellent sources of potassium.

Here are some winners when it comes to whole food potassium with links to recipes in our LivingAfterWLS Kitchen:

Salmon - try Salmon with Ginger Teriyaki Sauce
Tomatoes - try Tomato Basil Saute
Winter Squash - Chicken & Squash Stew
Bananas - Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
Beets - Oven Roasted Vegetables
Cantaloupe - Melons
Yogurt - Salsa Yogurt Dip
Chicken breast - try Chicken & Mango Salad
Kiwifruit & Mango - Tropical Fruit Salad
Strawberries - Strawberry Parfait
Zucchini - Seasoned Summer Squash

Read more in the LivingAfterWLS Library: Boost Potassium with Food

And visit the Community Kitchen in the Neighborhood to learn what others are fixing up in their healthy kitchens!


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