Food for Thought – More Herbs, Less Salt Day

A Flavorful Approach to Nutrition

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As August 29th approaches, it's time to get excited about More Herbs, Less Salt Day.

This special day encourages us to explore the world of herbs and spices as a delicious and healthier alternative to excess salt in our diets. By making this simple change, we can transform our meals into culinary delights that are both satisfying and beneficial for our health. In this nutrition blog, we'll dive into the importance of reducing salt intake, the benefits of using herbs and spices, and some creative ways to incorporate them into your daily meals.

The Salt Challenge:

Salt, while essential for our body’s functioning, becomes problematic when consumed excessively. A high-sodium diet is linked to various health concerns such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and kidney problems. The typical modern diet often exceeds recommended daily sodium intake levels, largely due to processed foods and restaurant meals. More Herbs, Less Salt Day serves as a reminder to rethink our seasoning choices and opt for flavorful alternatives that are kinder to our bodies.

Embracing Herbs and Spices:

Herbs and spices not only add a burst of flavor to your dishes but also bring a wealth of health benefits to the table. They’re rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support overall well-being. Some herbs like basil, rosemary, and oregano are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, while others like turmeric are renowned for their potential to aid digestion and reduce oxidative stress. By incorporating these plant-based flavor enhancers, you’re not only reducing your sodium intake but also boosting the nutritional value of your meals.

More Herbs, Less Salt Day on August 29th is a fantastic opportunity to reevaluate our seasoning habits and explore the wonderful world of herbs and spices. By embracing these natural flavor enhancers, we can reduce our sodium intake while still enjoying delicious, satisfying meals. So, this year, let’s celebrate this day by experimenting with new herbs, trying out creative recipes, and making a positive impact on our health, one flavorful bite at a time.

Creative Ways to Use Herbs and Spices:

Herb-Infused Oils

Create your own herb-infused oils by combining olive oil with fresh herbs like thyme, garlic, or chili peppers. Use these oils for drizzling over salads, dipping bread, or sautéing vegetables.

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Homemade Spice Blends

Experiment with homemade spice blends to tailor flavors to your liking. Mix herbs like cumin, coriander, paprika, and thyme for a versatile blend to use in various dishes.

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Herb-Rubbed Meats

Before grilling or roasting meats, rub them with a mixture of chopped herbs, garlic, and a touch of olive oil for a burst of flavor that rivals salt-heavy marinades.

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Herbal Teas

Infuse your beverages with herbs like mint, chamomile, or lavender for soothing herbal teas that offer a delightful change from sugary or caffeinated drinks.

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Fresh Herb Garnishes

Add a finishing touch to your meals by sprinkling freshly chopped herbs over soups, stews, and salads. This not only enhances the presentation but also intensifies the aroma and taste.

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Explore International Cuisines

Different cultures have their own unique herb-based seasonings. Exploring international cuisines can open up a world of new flavors and ideas for incorporating herbs into your cooking.

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View the health benefits of herbs and spices webinar

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Join the Halt the Salt Challenge

Join us for a transformative 2-week journey where you'll learn to identify hidden salt, make healthier food choices and experience the benefits of reduced sodium intake.

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– Krupa Patel, MPA, RD/LDN Registered Dietitian

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