DASH is an eating plan that can help lower your blood pressure. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.1 Hypertension is high blood pressure.
For more information on the DASH diet, see High Blood Pressure: Using the DASH Diet.
Here is a sample menu for the DASH diet. It is based on a 2,000-calorie diet with 1,500 mg of sodium. This is a menu for one day.
- 3/4 cup bran flakes cereal
- 8 ounces fat-free milk
- 1 medium banana
- 1 slice whole wheat toast
- 1 teaspoon jelly
- 4 ounces orange juice
- 3 oz skinless chicken breast
- 1 pita bread
- 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
- Raw vegetables: 3 or 4 carrot sticks, celery sticks, radishes, 2 loose lettuce leaves
- 1 peach
- 1/4 cup dried apricots
- 1/3 cup mixed, unsalted nuts
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 3 ounces grilled salmon
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 cup steamed broccoli
- Spinach salad with 1 cup raw spinach, 2 cherry tomatoes, 2 cucumber slices
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium, homemade vinaigrette salad dressing
- 1 cup grape juice
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2006). Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure With DASH (NIH Publication No. 06-4082). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf.
Current as of: August 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Colleen O'Connor PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian