Sodium Girl

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Jessica Goldman, aka Sodium Girl, turned a diagnosis of Lupus and possible kidney failure into her personal food challenge: Could she cut out sodium and still eat like a foodie? The answer is yes. After Goldman learned she had Lupus in 2004, she decided not to take things easy but instead taught herself how to cook on a low-sodium diet. Her blog, Sodium Girl, captures Goldman's obsession with salt—how to avoid it and how not to miss it. There are recipes and cheats, for soy sauce substitutes, DIY potato chips and salt-free pickles, as well as Goldman's recommendations for the best low-sodium canned anchovies and protein bars, among other supermarket finds. She is more than happy to share her tips for adding flavor without salt. When making soups, such as this luscious Fennel Corn Chowder, she suggests adding other intense flavors like roasted vegetables, fresh herbs, a splash of citrus or a pinch of spice. Her posts are light, refreshingly honest and welcome all who cook. Like many of us, we learn that she, too, is a nervous hostess. But perhaps the best part of Sodium Girl's blog are the simple and healthy recipes.