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My Dad has high BP, how to lower his BP level ?

I want to help my Dad lower his high blood pressure . Where can I find recipes that will help him lower his bp ? I really want to help my Dad lower his blood pressure. I know that he needs to avoid excess salt or anything that contains high salt content but he s a single Dad now and he and my brother live alone and since he doesn't ever have time to cook, he makes unhealthy food choices that are quick to prepare (mostly heat and eat stuff). These are usually really high sodium too which isn t helping his condition so I want to help them out by preparing some healthy meals for them. Especially for helping my Dad get his blood pressure to a safe range. Can anyone please give me some recipes or a link that contains recipes that are healthy for someone who has high blood pressure? I really wanna help him / them.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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Choose at least five servings of unrefined complex carbohydrates: Five or more servings daily of whole grains (wheat, oats, rye, brown rice, barley, millet), starchy vegetables (like potatoes, yams and winter squashes), chestnuts, beans and peas. A serving is 80 calories or approximately 1/2 cup. Limit refined grains (such as white bread, white rice, white pasta) to no more than one or two servings per day, with none being optimal. This Link I am sending is claiming to have 200 recipes, please read further, hope it helps you out: Choose at least four vegetables: Four or more servings of raw or cooked vegetables daily. A serving is about 25 calories or about 1 cup of raw or 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables. Include dark green, yellow, or orange vegetables daily. You may choose "no salt added" vegetable juice in place of one of your vegetable servings per day. Choose at least three fruits: Three or more servings of whole fruit daily. For most fruits, a serving fits in your hand and is about 60 calories. Fruit juice (1/2 cup) may be used in place of one of your fruit servings per day. Choose two calcium-rich foods: Two servings daily. Choose from: nonfat milk (1 cup), nonfat yogurt (3/4 cup), or nonfat ricotta (1/2 cup); or fortified, enriched nonfat or low-fat soy milk (1 cup). Choose no more than one serving of animal protein per day: Fish or shellfish are preferable over lean poultry, and choose lean poultry over lean red meat. A serving is about 3-1/2 oz cooked or the size of the palm of your hand and the thickness of a deck of cards. Optimally, limit poultry to no more than one serving per week and red meat to no more than one serving per month. If you prefer red meat weekly, substitute delicious free-range, grass-fed bison in place of poultry. Vegetarian options: Instead of animal protein, choose from: beans, peas, or lentils (2/3 cup); or tofu and other soy products (4 to 6 oz).
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