Potassium is very important for your diet, however, it is often overlooked and its importance taken for granted. I always try my best to include potassium rich foods in my daily/weekly diet. Potassium is a vital mineral in your body that interacts with sodium, in order to perform a number of significant functions. It helps keep your brain, heart, nerves and muscles functioning normally on a continuous basis. In addition to this, potassium is often linked to lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease [source]
So how do I get enough potassium in my diet? In fact, in a healthy pescetarian diet it is very easy. The recommended daily allowance for an average adult is 3,500mg [source]. Below is a list of foods high in potassium that can easily find their way into your diet:
Baked Potatoes (with skin) –An average baked potato (with skin) will contain around 930mg of potassium and can feature in a variety of different meals.
Yoghurt (plain, skim/non-fat) – Laura and I use yoghurt in a lot of recipes, but it is also a fantastic snack, especially with some fresh fruit. One cup of plain yoghurt will provide roughly 625mg of potassium.
Fish – The health benefits of eating fish often seem endless and it does not stop with potassium. Salmon is one of the best sources; 100g of salmon will contain roughly 630mg of potassium. In addition to this, most fish contains a healthy portion of potassium, with the average fish delivering 350mg.
Bananas – One of the simplest ways to boost your potassium intake. An average banana will provide around 425mg of potassium. Pair this with a bowl of yoghurt and you have had nearly 1/3 of your daily potassium in a single snack.
White Beans – One cup (cooked) of white beans will deliver a massive 1005mg of potassium. I often use white beans in a variety of soups and bean burgers.[source]