In Ohio, Bob Evans is an icon. My family loves getting together for dinner to enjoy a filling home style meal of homemade comfort food. However, I suffer from high blood pressure, so I know it was important to check out the menu for low sodium options. Below are the salt content of some of Bob Evans’ popular dinner items, and menu suggestions for those of us looking to limit our sodium intake to recommended 500 mg per meal.
The Mayo Clinic recommends people at risk for heart attacks, high blood pressure, swelling, and strokes consume less than 1,500 mg of salt per day. That’s an average of 500 mg per meal. Unfortunately, most dinners at Bob Evans are double the amount of salt allowed per meal. (Compare to Bob Evans’ breakfast and lunch options).
One slice of meatloaf contains 1,249 mg of salt. A Bob Evans’ favorite spaghetti with meat sauce is also packed with sodium. The savor size contains 1,067 mg of salt, slightly more than the kids’ portion which contains 983 of sodium. Adding two pieces of Garlic Cibatta bread raises your total salt intake by an additional 766 mg!
Turkey and Chicken are no better. The chicken penne pasta savor size contains 996 mg of salt and over 1,865 mg in the regular size. One Chicken Fried Steak with gravy contains 1,181 mg of salt. The slow-roasted turkey breast and dressing contains 2,131 mg of salt. Even the senior portion is packed with sodium, containing 1,590 mg. The Bob Evans’ Slow-Roasted Chicken Pot pie contains 2,623 mg of salt, more than a person should consume in an entire day! The senior portion still contains a whopping 1,590 mg of sodium. The Chicken-N-Noodles Deep Dish dinner contains 2,268 mg of salt, and the saltiest item on the dinner menu is one piece of blackened white fish which contains a whopping 2,580 mg of salt. Add one biscuit to your meal and your sodium intake increases by 785 mg!
Your dinner option comes with one or two sides. Choosing green beans and ham adds 416 mg of sodium to your dinner. Onion petals contain 464 mg and a loaded baked potato contains 472 mg, almost the full 500 mg allowed for the meal. Mashed potatoes and gravy add 560 mg and homemade bread and celery dressing (stuffing) adds 776 mg. Bob Evans’ delicious macaroni and cheese adds a whopping 1,033 mg of sodium to your already overloaded meal.
Low Sodium Options
Unfortunately, consuming less than 500 mg of sodium at dinner at Bob Evans requires a lot of discipline. A grilled salmon filet only contains 101 mg of salt and one grilled chicken tender contains 188 mg of salt. You could add French fries for 143 mg of salt or opt for the smaller child portion for only 92 mg of salt. Add a slice of banana nut bread for 219 mg of sodium, or coleslaw for 243 mg.
If fried foods are more your style, opt for one fried chicken tender for 301 mg of salt or one piece of beer battered cod for 344 mg. Pair these items with applesauce, fresh steamed broccoli, or glazed fresh baby carrots, each containing less than 100 mg of salt.
A low sodium dinner is possible with the proper knowledge, planning, and discipline. Although Bob Evans’ low sodium dinner options are limited, with the right amount of dedication anyone watching their salt intake can still enjoy a healthy, flavorful dinner at their favorite home style restaurant.