Tips To Cut Down Salt And Sodium
1 Be A Smart Shopper
- Buy fresh, frozen, or no-salt-added canned vegetables.
- Choose food packed in water instead of broth or salt.
- Buy fresh garlic or garlic powder instead of garlic salt.
- Choose foods labeled “low sodium,” “sodium free,” or “no-salt-added.”
- Eat fresh vegetables and fruit instead of salty snacks.
2 Modify How You Cook Slowly
- Cut back on the amount of salt added when cooking until you don’t use any.
- Do not add salt to the water when cooking beans, rice, pasta, and vegetables.
- Cut back on meats high in sodium, such as bologna, ham, hot dogs, and sausage.
- Rinse all canned products to reduce the amount of sodium.
- Use reduced-sodium bouillon, and soy sauce. If you use these condiments, do not add salt to your food.
3 Make Healthy Choices
Fill the salt shaker with a mixture of herbs and spices.
Use it instead of salt to flavor foods.
For example, try this recipe:
• 2 tablespoons black pepper
• 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 bay leaf, ground
- Slowly cut back on the amount of salt added to foods at the table.
- When eating out, ask that salt not be added to your food, even with french fries.
- Taste your food before you add seasoning.