More Herbs, Less Salt Day

More Herbs, Less Salt Day promotes use of healthy herbs over salts.

Late August is the appropriate time to celebrate this day because the harvest of garden herbs is at its peak.

Salt

Most of the sodium we consume comes from processed foods. The rest comes from the salt added at the table and salt added while cooking. Limit the amount of sodium that you consume a day to about 1 teaspoon of salt.

Ways to Consume Less Salt/Sodium

Read food labels. Choose foods that have the lowest Percent Daily Value for sodium. Look for labels such as “reduced sodium,”sodium free,” and “no salt added.”

Choose fruits and vegetables as snacks instead of chips and crackers which can be high in sodium.

No more salt shaker at the table.

Instead of canned vegetables which are high in sodium, purchase frozen vegetables without sauces, which are low in sodium.

Eat fresh/frozen lean cuts of meat, fish, and poultry.

Season your food with spices and herbs.

Cooking

Use less salt and seasoned salt when you cook.

Use spices and herbs or low sodium seasonings like sodium free bouillon or onion powder, garlic powder, and sodium free seasoning blends.

Sprinkle lemon juice over vegetables.

Season/marinate your meat,poultry, or fish ahead of time with garlic or your other herbs before cooking to bring out the flavor.

Out to Dinner
Choose meals that don’t have sauces or ask that it be served on the side.
Request that your meal to be prepared without salt.
Happy More Herbs, Less Salt Day
p.s. What are your favorite herbs, spices, seasoning,etc to use when you cook certain dishes??

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