Breadings – These can be tricky on a low sodium diet because sodium in breadings can be sneaky. Plain flour is most commonly used to bread meats or vegetables for cooking, especially frying. Flour tends to need salt otherwise it tastes bland like paste. Try adding seasonings (like Gusto) to the flour before breading; this… Read more »
What do you think? Do you know your fruits and vegetables? Are chilies a vegetable or a fruit? This picture might have given you a clue. Sort of looks like a fruit hanging from a tree. Yes, you might be surprised to learn, that chili peppers are a fruit. This includes bell peppers. Click these… Read more »
There are over 500 known varieties of chiles in the world, with all chiles originating in Central America. Chilies don’t have to be hot but they do add flavor. Learn to add some to your food and you will add flavor. The same chilies will taste different when they are fresh (if you use the… Read more »
Wishing you a Happy 4th of July. I love fireworks, so we will watch them tonight. Barbecue is popular today. Typical barbecue sauce can be quite salty (high in sodium). Here is a link for my Barbecue Sauce Recipe in the cookbook. It can be a bit spicy with the Calypso. (You can cut back… Read more »
Sometimes We Just Need A Little More Umph. Same when cooking. Try stronger seasonings like Bravado Chili Seasoning, Calypso Jamaican-Style Hot & Spicy, Gusto Garlic and Herb Pepper (more of an all-around seasoning) best when browned. Like when pan browning or, Roasting, Broiling, & BBQ
Gift Ideas For Father’s Day And June Is Men’s Health Month Cooking Gifts For Easier And More Flavorful Meals Especially When Following A Low Sodium Diet Cooking gifts would be appreciated by almost anyone that cooks, especially when on a low sodium diet. These folks must do most of their own cooking at home to… Read more »
At this time of year, Spring and Summer, with all the varieties of vegetables coming into their season. Nothing is more beautiful than a platter of grilled vegetables. Make sure to grill extra vegetables to add more flavor and serve in sandwiches, salads, omelets, snacks, etc. Learn 8 tips for added flavor when grilling vegetables
Salt-free seasonings are the key to living with a low sodium diet. Low sodium diets do not have to be bland. You need good quality salt-free seasonings. The seasonings need to be fresh with good aroma and you need a variety of them. You will be surprised how quickly you can become tired of the… Read more »
This infographic is about sodium facts that lead to an unhealthful heart. Did you know that something labeled healthy must have a sodium level less than 480 mg? Watch those serving sizes, they can be small.
This infographic has a lot of information to help you learn more about sodium. Where to find it and how to choose lower sodium options. You can see how sodium can add up throughout the day.
When you are told to go on a low sodium diet. The dietitian or doctor may tell you to keep your daily sodium intake below 2000mg or (2g that’s 2 grams). Perhaps you are told to stay below, 1500mg, or 1000mg, 500mg or even 100mg of sodium per day. How do you calculate how much… Read more »
Low Sodium Cooking Tip: When blending or chopping fresh parsley do not use the stems as they taste bitter. However, when blending or chopping fresh cilantro you can use the stems as they taste sweet.
Cook with a rainbow of colors. You’ve heard the saying “We eat with our eyes first.” Choose to make your food more colorful. This tip makes your diet more interesting with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Here are a few ideas you might try. When using a basic yellow or… Read more »
Yes, There are hundreds of varieties of avocados. It’s amazing that 95% of avocados sold in the US are grown in California and about 90% of those are Hass. That may be why so many folks think there is only one type of avocado or 2 if you consider ripe and unripe. Learn more about… Read more »
It is a flavorful Italian condiment. When you think of condiments it is usually ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, hot sauce, and salsa. Here is a condiment many of you may not have heard of called Gremolata. This is a classic Italian condiment/relish, that is very flavorful. It has a citrusy, fresh garden brightness, that is… Read more »
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… Read more »
First step: Take the salt shaker off the table and don’t add salt to your cooking. Just don’t do it. Tip: You don’t need to add salt to water when cooking potatoes, rice, pasta or even oatmeal. Your toppings will be enough to flavor them. Just eliminating salt from the table and your cooking is… Read more »
When substituting fresh herbs for dried herbs usually the dried herbs are much stronger. The rule of thumb is 3 to 1. One Tablespoon = three teaspoons of fresh herbs to 1 teaspoon of dried. For best results, the dried should be fragrant. The more aroma you smell, usually the fresher they will be so… Read more »
Using salt substitutes to make food taste salty should not be your only goal. When eating a low sodium diet, you need flavor too. You will need to learn how to get rid of bland food. This includes learning how to increase flavor by using salt-free seasonings, fresh herbs, fresh vegetables, citrus and fruits, kinds… Read more »
Some people just love and crave salt. Are you one of them? Do you love salt on fries, eggs, rice, chips, or tomatoes? How about avocado, soups, steak, corn, popcorn, oatmeal, or grapefruit? Have you seen anyone salt pickles or pizza? Besides copious amounts of sugar and caffeine, today’s typical American sure does have an… Read more »
The powers-that-be, doctors, nurses, dietitians, recommend that people take in between 1,500 milligrams or less with health problems and maximum 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily for a healthy person. For the record, one teaspoon of table salt equals about 2,300 milligrams of sodium. If you’re like most people in America, then you’re consuming way more… Read more »
If you mention the word “salt” to people, the vast majority know exactly what you’re talking about and what it is. “The white stuff you put on food” is the typical response, right? Then there’s the word “sodium,” which not as many people can clearly identify. Some people use salt and sodium interchangeably, as if… Read more »
Why are so many people today suffering from conditions such as hypertension? Could it stem from consuming foods with too much salt? That could be a factor. The American Heart Association recommends that we take in no more than 2,300mg (milligrams) of sodium per day and most low sodium diet guidelines should be 1,500 mg… Read more »
I just shared a post which was shared by the Daily Dish on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/TheDailyDish.us/?fref=ts This is about tips to help lower your sodium intake. Here is a similar article I wrote a while back on this topic. Enjoy. 7-Tips-To-Do-And-7-Tips-To-Avoid-When-Eating-Out