Lower the Sodium
Most people know that canned foods are generally high in Sodium, but did you know that “packaged” foods are also high in Sodium?
I’m gonna pick on Greek olives for this example.
The Kalamata olives in this Greek Chicken recipe are very high in Sodium. To lower the Sodium in this, or any, recipe with olives, you need to read the nutrition labels.
I compared 4 major Brands. Three were similar in both Sodium and Saturated Fat, but one was the clear winner.
- Mezzetta™Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives (4 olives = 240mg Sodium)
- Lindsay®100% Organic Greek Kalamata Pitted Olives (4 olives = 250mg Sodium)
- Pearls®Specialties Pitted Kalamata Greek Olives (4 olives = 210mg Sodium)
And, the winner is:
- Gaea Organic Pitted Kalamata Olives (6 olives = 120mg Sodium)
FYI – The Gaea link is an Affiliate link. That means if you purchase something, I receive a small commission. Thank you.
Lower Sodium Greek Chicken & Rice
- 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 (6-ounce) jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts drained and chopped
- ½ (12-ounce) jar Roasted Red Peppers drained and chopped
- ⅓ cup Oil Packed Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped
- 12 Kalamata Olives cut in half
- 1 tablespoon Parsley chopped
- 1½ cups Instant Rice
Cook the Chicken
- Sprinkle cubed chicken with garlic powder and pepper.
- In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken, cook and stir until no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in artichokes, red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives. Cook and stir until heated through about 3-5 minutes.
Plate and Serve
- Prepare rice as directed without salt or butter.
- Divide chicken and rice evenly between 4 plates. Garnish with parsley.