If you’ve visited Honolulu before, you know how many incredible food options there are. From delicious poke (raw fish salad) to big plates of garlic shrimp, the variety is endless! Unfortunately, when it comes to dining out, it’s very difficult to maintain a low sodium diet! I love exploring local cuisine, and I still want to keep an eye on my blood pressure. OH the woes of life with hypertension. In my journey to lower blood pressure naturally, I know it’s essential I am still careful even on vacation!
One way I find some balance while still enjoying travel adventures is to come up with a system. I usually let go a bit for lunch and eat what’s more convenient or desired. That way I can sample some of the local cuisine! Then for dinner, I search for something that is low in salt and fat. It’s not a perfect system, but for me, it’s better than both lunch and dinner being unhealthy!
On a side note, in a previous post, I introduced some tips on reducing salt when eating out. It’s a quick and helpful read for traveling and every day dining out as well.
So for today’s low sodium, low fat, heart healthy meal, I was so thrilled to find a seafood salad from a restaurant in Honolulu called Paia Fish Market Waikiki!!
I ordered the seafood garden salad (see picture below) which had cucumbers, carrots, sprouts, salad greens, shrimp, and a choice of fish. I chose the mahi mahi.
Some modifications I made for a low salt diet:
- I asked for no salt to be added to the mahi mahi during grilling to minimize sodium.
- I asked for the dressing on the side, so I could control how much I used. The papaya dressing is delicious and a little goes a long way!
- The meal came with tartar sauce and cocktail sauce on the side for the fish and the shrimp. I only dipped once or twice to enjoy the flavor.
If you have high blood pressure and are looking to eat low salt while traveling, I’m sure you know how exciting it is to find a restaurant willing to make some accommodations for health. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant in the future.
Oh and just to clarify, the restaurant did not ask me to write this post. I found it all on my own from Yelp! What a find!
Photo taken by Diana of Heart Happy Adventures