6/5/13

Dietitian's Top Pick: Low Sodium V8




We have all heard that we need to “Eat our five a day,” speaking of fruits and vegetables. But vegetables, in particular, are not always convenient or available everywhere we go! One solution to that dilemma is V8 juice! The NuVal Score for the Low Sodium V8 juice is 40! This is admittedly less than fresh vegetables, but is certainly better than not getting the vitamins, minerals, and other benefits of vegetables at all!

Now, let me be the first to acknowledge the fact that not everyone enjoys the taste of vegetable juice - it can be a bit of an acquired taste. It has a tomato base, which is key to remember when trying to figure out ways in which you might use it!

You don’t necessarily have to drink V8 alone! Try mixing ¼ cup reduced sodium condensed tomato soup with ½-⅔cup of Low Sodium V8! This way, you will get the taste of tomato soup you love, plus a serving of vegetables (which tomato soup alone does not provide)! You can do the same with spaghetti sauce, chili, vegetable-beef soup, or any other dish made with tomato sauce as the base.

Low sodium V8 boasts a full serving of vegetables per ½ cup (4 fluid ounces), ⅓ less sodium than the original recipe, and very high Potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C content. The lower sodium content is key, as too much sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure and other diseases.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 1 cup (8 fluid oz)
Calories: 50
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrate: 10 g 
Protein: 2 g
Fiber: 2 g
NuVal score: 40

Fun tip: Use V8 to make Virgin Mary Cocktails. Here is a delicious recipe from the Canyon Ranch Cookbook.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp horseradish
1½ tsp Old Bay seasoning
2 tsp celery seed
2 tsp distilled white vinegar
4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 cups low-sodium tomato juice

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients except for tomato juice in a blender container. Puree briefly.
2. Add tomato juice and blend well. Serve over ice.

Nutrition Facts:
Serves 6 (3/4 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories 35
Total Fat: trace
Saturated Fat: trace
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 311mg
Carbohydrates: 8g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 2 g


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