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Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

Hi all. Well, I just got some bad news that I have high blood pressure and I'm 21 weeks pregnant. I'm on medication for it, but I also need/want to eat healthily so I can handle this holistically as well.

I know spices and lemon juice help with flavor.
I'm making a list of flavorful recipes with focus on legumes, veggies, and fish.

Here's my list so far:

-Cold broad bean salad with fresh peppers, tomatoes, onion, dill, parsley & mint.

-Fava (Greek yellow split peas)

-Chicken breast with homemade salsa & guacamole

-Briam (Greek mix of veggies, tomato, & different herbs)

-Stewed okra in tomato sauce

-Baked fallafel

-Chana Masala

-Indian curried lentils

-Quinoa-chicken salad or quinoa-shrimp salad

-whole wheat pasta w/fresh tomatoes

-cold pasta salad with broccoli

-roasted fish

-fish cakes w/lots of veggies and spices and herbs

-veggie omelet

-tabbouleh

-roast goat

-rabbit stew

Does anyone have any other suggestions for me to add? I am not looking for any wintery, stew-type dishes, since it's getting hot here already.

Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Your request is fairly non-specific, limit sodium and you can add flavor with herbs or salt-free spices to any of your favorite dishes. I love several of the mixes from Penzey's.

    1. Your going to want to make sure that sodium levels are low.

      You can make your own sauces, soups and look for low sodium alternatives at the store.

      Baked fish with cooked veggies and whole grain rice

      Whole wheat pasta with home made sauce and bison meat balls

      vegetarian lasgana

      Lemon Pepper grilled chicken with carrots, broccoli and potatoes

      lamb with greek salad

      goat cheese ravioli with home made marinara sauce and small salad

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      1. re: Sandwich_Sister

        Bison meat balls is a good idea!

        I always crave pasta (especially whole wheat) and I'm glad I can continue eating it...but I guess I have to cut down the parmesan. I can't imagine cutting it out completely!

        1. re: eviemichael

          yeah we have been using bison for meatballs and even meatloaf for my grandma for years. She loves it.

        2. re: Sandwich_Sister

          fwiw,
          1)many pre-prepared lemon pepper spice mixes are made using a LOT of salt.

          2)there is a wide variation about how much salt is used in different brands of cheeses. in particular, feta cheese, which is used in greek salad, is often chock full of salt

          3) if you are making the lasagna with sauce from a jar, many of those are heavily salted.
          i usually use the Silver Palate Low-Sodium variety

          1. re: westsidegal

            I make everything from scratch to avoid the sodium pit falls.

            I haven't used jarred sauces or premade spice mixes in years.

            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              Yeah I don't use jarred sauces and spice mixed either. My vice was ordering take out when my husband and I were too tired to cook.

              1. re: eviemichael

                FYI-Some European brands have much less salt than North American ones. Check out labels on canned tomatoes from Italy for example.

            2. re: westsidegal

              Re cheese: If you do find low-sodium cheese, it tastes like cardboard. Here is how you improve it: grind it up in the Cuisinart with garlic and enough beer to make a spread. This doesn't add any sodium but makes it edible.

            1. I LOVE this lentil - sweet potato dal. It is not pretty, but is delicious. I typically add both a jalapeno and a serrano pepper, but remove the seeds and membranes before mincing. I never add the chard/greens. It calls for 1 tsp. Kosher salt, but I think you could use less because it has so many other flavors.
              http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/1...

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                1. re: AreBe

                  I love Indian food, this recipe looks great! Thanks.

                  1. re: AreBe

                    that looks like a lovely recipe.

                    if you are using pre-made vegetable broth, be sure to check the sodium content as many brands are really more salt water than anything else.

                    i'd be that you could use plain water as a substitute and the dish would not suffer because there are so many other flavorful elements.

                  2. Barley is supposed to be very good for people with high blood pressure and pregnant women (not the sprouted kind, though). Maybe a barley pilaf, soup, or a tabouleh-style barley salad with lots of parsley, cilantro and lemon juice would be nice.

                    If you think you'll be eating a lot of fish, this list might be helpful: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnanc...

                    One more thought: I find the hormonal effects of chickpeas, fava, soy and sweet potato to be pretty strong. This may not be an issue for you, but it's something to keep in mind.

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                    1. re: ninrn

                      Interesting about the hormonal effects of those foods...I didn't know that some food items could set hormones off. I'll keep that in mind!

                        1. re: RUK

                          The parsley has to be eaten in extremely large quantities to be dangerous.

                          1. re: RUK

                            Your link is to the vitamins and supplements part of the WebMD site where they are talking about parsley prepared in a concentrated form to have a much greater biochemical impact than fresh, raw parsley. Even on that page it specifically says "Parsley in food amounts is fine".