Did you know it is just important to increase your potassium intake as it is to decrease your sodium intake? Balancing these two minerals is essential for maintaining electrolyte and fluid balance as well as overall health. Eating too much sodium and not enough potassium can lead to bloating and more seriously, heart disease. Most Americans eat way too much sodium. The majority of sodium in our diets comes from packaged and processed foods (think cereals, crackers, cookies and even tomato sauce). In contrast, good sources of potassium include plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables and legumes. As an added bonus, foods rich in potassium are typically also high in fiber. Fiber is key for gut health and a happy gut = less bloating. Some of our favorite sources of potassium include beans, avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, beets and leafy greens (hello Plantable!).
Combat bloat by nixing packaged snacks and focus on plants to get your potassium fix. Check out the potassium-packed healthy sweet potato "nacho" recipe from registered dietitian, cookbook author and mastermind behind Nutrition Stripped, McKel Hill, MS, RD below. This recipe is loaded with potassium rich sweet potatoes, avocado AND black beans.