Hi Everybody, Debbie Benson here...
This is where I can tell you about what I know, what I have found out, and here I can also rant a bit.
Since I was a little girl I have been aware of sodium, both high and low levels, as you learned in my first Season-It Newsletter 3 Tips That Help A Low Sodium Diet. Starting Benson's Gourmet Seasonings has been a dream come true.
As I learn and find helpful information, tips, products, recipes, and websites, I will share the information with you here. Then, you can follow-up and do your own research and make your own, more informed decisions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one. Knowledge helps you and gives you the power to make better decisions.
It's not just about what you don't do or can't have. It's also about things you can or should do or add to your diet that can make a difference. Here we go...
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Always keep fresh lemons and/or limes on hand. You won't believe the difference they can make. Your tongue has trouble distinguishing between salt and sour as you pucker up with either. By adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end of your cooking or at the table, you'll find many dishes brighten up with a hint of saltiness. You may have noticed that many Mexican dishes, especially soups, are served with a slice of lime on the side. Before you add lemon or lime juice to your plate or a whole pot, place a little of your food to the side and try a squeeze to see what the taste difference would be. Sometimes you need a little sometimes a lot for this to work.
Fresh lemon zest (the yellow part of the lemon) adds a brightness and a lot of flavor to food. Do not use the white part of the lemon (the pith), as it is bitter. Sprinkle on just about anything. Also, lime zest works well. Actually, any citrus zest is amazing. This is where organic or citrus without sprays would be best.
Add fresh lemon zest to olive oil with Zesty Lemon Herb seasoning, fresh lemon juice, maybe a little water and you have a delicious and quick dressing for a salad or vegetables. This is delicious, especially over green vegetables like asparagus, green beans, spinach, even avocados, etc.
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