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Healthy Eating Tip: Use These Instead of Salt

Are you one of those people who has to add a dash of salt to all your food? Since many of the foods we eat are loaded with sodium, especially premade ones, adding more salt to your meals can cause you to surpass the daily recommended amount in a flash. I'm a huge salt fan myself, so I understand your love affair with this tasty, white stuff, but why not add flavor to your foods instead? Try these instead of salt:

  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice (I always keep lemons in the fridge)
  • Chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary, cilantro, oregano, and basil
  • Fresh ground pepper or red pepper flakes
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Finely chopped fresh ginger
  • Minced or powdered garlic (not garlic salt)
  • Balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • Salt substitutes
  • At first it's tough not to reach for a pinch of salt when you eat, and it's a hard habit to break, but your taste buds will soon get used to the delicious new flavors in your food. Less salt means lower blood pressure and less bloating, so the rest of your body will be psyched, too.

    What is your favorite salt substitute? Share it with us in the comment section below.


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posey posey 9 years
i started using lemon pepper on a lot of my food. really good on fish and chicken, and REALLY good on veggies.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I never use salt. I don't know why, I just don't. Onions are so amazing though lol.
cupcakers cupcakers 9 years
I love powdered garlic, I always use it in place of salt and it taste just as good.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I know someone that is really into cooking, and they said that there is some kind of reaction in your mouth that makes it more sensitive to flavor when you add salt. That's why so many chefs use kind of opens up the taste buds. I don't add salt to anything but eggs and fries, and I don't eat either of those items very often. What I do eat a lot of is processed food, which is just AWFUL for me! Sometimes after I eat a can of soup I feel like my fingers are rings get tight! I have been really trying to eat more freshly prepared foods, and less microwaveable meals and canned soup.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
I really have to find other ways to season because my fiance is allergic to garlic & onions and I'm allergic to lemon. LOL... and we both don't like using salt. I use A LOT Of fresh herbs and hot peppers to season. We both love spicy!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I don't worry too much about salt, because I sweat a lot and need a lot of electrolytes. I do avoid adding a lot of salt to my foods though...I usually add herbs to my food to add flavor. My favorites are garlic, rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, and celery seeds. I also use lemon juice and zest to add flavor to veggies.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tips but I rarely use salt...
SublimeChica SublimeChica 9 years
Fresh hot peppers--jalapenos, habaneros (in extreme moderation, poblanos--the hotter is, the less I miss salt! You can also never go wrong with garlic or onion either; especially if you're not as much a chilihead as I am.
SassyK SassyK 9 years
I don't think that you have to worry much about salt unless you have high blood pressure. I think not eating alot of processed food is a smart idea anyway. When I was seventeen my doctor told me 'that she didn't want to tell me to eat more salt, but I should eat more salt'. I have low blood pressure.
Evalla Evalla 9 years
I'm such a salt addict. It's my downfall. I've been trying to use less and less, but I haven't been disciplined enough.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
It is a big change, but if you can stop yourself from eating salts (or dressings, or whatever else you pile on top of the actual healthy foods lol) then you will very quickly realize that you will prefer the food and have less of a need for the added flavor. After all it is just something masking the food you are eating, and your palette just needs to adjust. I used to be a big dressing and a salt person, but now I don't salt a single thing and often times opt for the 'no sodium' version of the foods, and dressings, if i get more than 1 cap-full on my salad, I'm usually draining it off lol. Now I get to truly enjoy the FOOD I'm eating and not the salt or syrup! And for sweet stuff, trying cinnamon on top works well too, it's a great spice that is super beneficial for you too!
jspeed jspeed 9 years
I only add salt to pasta, rice and eggs. Everythig else gets black pepper, maybe garlic depending on what it is. Veggies almosr always get a squeeze of lemon - the taste so much better that way!
dcroan dcroan 9 years
good suggestions. how about butter or margarine substitutes. we use "salt substitute" but i'll start using the salt remedies you mentioned today. Thanks!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I am not a slat person...maybe a teensy bit here and there but that's enough!
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