If you¿re looking for a natural, inexpensive way to control blood pressure, look no further than your kitchen! Fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, and dairy products all contain potassium, which studies show can help lower and control blood pressure. Use our tasty recipes to help you reach the daily recommended 3,500 mg of this health-promoting mineral and fight hypertension.
Potassium has many benefits:
--Regular consumption can lower and control blood pressure.
--High potassium intake has been linked to lower risk of stroke.
One note of caution: If you have kidney disease, you may be asked to restrict potassium intake.
We've gathered recipes that have at least 20 percent of your daily potassium needs, making them an excellent source of this heart-healthy nutrient.
Southwest Chicken Skillet
Potassium: 738 mg
Fresh and flavorful, this dinner for four gets potassium from corn and onion. You'll love the zippy taste, courtesy of salt-free seasoning and from-the-bottle salsa.
Potassium: 765 mg
Full to the brim with potassium-rich baby spinach, onion, and beans, you'll feel satisfied after enjoying this veggie-stuffed favorite.
Potassium: 981 mg
A top power food for heart health, sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium. Slow-cooked alongside stew meat, diced tomatoes, and -- surprise! -- dried apricots, they add a lean yet hearty presence to your dinner table.
Potassium: 829 mg
Spinach and strawberries are good sources of potassium, and they come together in this sweet lunch. The fruit-infused dressing and chicken slices create a salad that shuns the side-dish category.
Potassium: 1,083 mg
Pass up pasta for potassium-rich squash and you get this delightful dish full of classic flavors. Lean ground beef, diced tomatoes, and chopped onion help create the filling chili sauce.
Potassium: 918 mg
Couldn't-be-simpler salad greens and fresh veggies add up to an excellent source of potassium. Even buttermilk helps out, adding more potassium -- and a kick -- to your dinner.
Potassium: 743 mg
Grains, such as barley, add up quick when it comes to potassium. Stew the barley with zucchini, peppers, onion, and tomato juice for a hearty entree or fantastic sandwich companion.
Potassium: 1,002 mg
One serving of this pasta-and-beef dish provides you with nearly one-third of your daily potassium need. With fresh mushrooms, chopped celery, tomatoes, and flavorful spices, you'll enjoy every bite.
Potassium: 740 mg
Oodles of potassium-rich beans mix in this comforting mash-up of basic ingredients. Sourdough bread crumbs coat the top -- why resist this soon-to-be-favorite?
Potassium: 860 mg
Sweet potatoes and sweet onions up the potassium in this stunning dish. You'll love that it only requires eight ingredients to create.
Potassium: 837 mg
This dish is stuffed with potassium-rich ingredients while staying low in calories (just 207 per serving). Serve it as a sweet side or create a new dessert standard with this warm finish.
Potassium: 710 mg
Carrots are a potassium highlight in this fresh, light soup. Toss chickpeas, fennel, onion, chicken, and spices in a slow cooker; cook for 6 to 7 hours on low, and voila! A scrumptious lunch or dinner.
Potassium: 866 mg
Fresh or frozen salmon fillets help bump up the potassium, while cherry tomatoes and green peppers do their part, too.
Potassium: 723 mg
Getting your daily dose of potassium never tasted this good! Fresh spinach, tart cherries, chopped pecans, apricot jam, and spices mix in the middle of a pork loin for a tasty entree.
Potassium: 845 mg
Grains, such as this recipe's quinoa, add potassium to any meal. Packed with onions, peas, and orange juice, this dinner for four has loads of high-potassium ingredients.
Potassium: 838 mg
Tasty squash is packed with potassium, and in this squash-based soup you get tons of flavor for just 122 calories.
Potassium: 792 mg
Even the yogurt in the glaze contributes to this dish's potassium numbers. You'll love the tangy grilled pork alongside the sweetness of pineapples.
Potassium: 737 mg
Turkey, squash, tomatoes, and even the orange juice in the marinade contribute to this kabob's potassium count. Toss one of these on a grill for a fresh dinner idea.
Potassium: 783 mg
The halibut in this super-simple six-ingredient dinner accounts for most of the 783 mg of potassium. Basil, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper add quick, inexpensive flavor.
Potassium: 963 mg
This chili is loaded with potassium! Tomatoes, corn, sweet pepper, and beans help up the ante. Enjoy this stew as a warmup on a cool day.
Potassium: 703 mg
The classic potassium-rich ingredients do it again: Tomatoes, peppers, brown rice, and pork make this a health winner and dinner favorite.
Potassium: 898 mg
Fish and steamed rice add to the heart-healthy potassium here. Flavor the white fish fillets with Asian-inspired ingredients, such as hoisin and soy sauces.