Tuesday Tip: Salt

25 01 2011

Now I’m a sweet girl, not a salt lover, but I am an average American, and they tell me we all get five times the amount of sodium we should per day. We all should be getting no more than about 1 teaspoon. Guilty! So here are a few ways to cut back!

  • Simple to start: look for packages with “reduced” or “low” sodium on prepared foods. They often taste the exact same, y’all know it!
  • Experiment with spices and herbs to enhance flavors and to keep it interesting.
  • Garlic, onions, peppers… we Southerners know a thing or two about these, don’t we? They add tons of flavor and just a wee bit of sodium.
  • Try using flavored vinegars and oils to brighten foods that seem to need salt.
  • Lemon juice also enhances flavor without a trace of sodium.
  • Add flavor from the start by replacing water in the recipes with broth, juice, or wine.
  • Avoid those famous words “smoked” or “pickled” foods. Barbecue sauce (be still my heart!) and ketchup also have high sodium.
  • Sub out your tomato sauce with tomato past mixed with 1/2 cup water for a lower sodium option.
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