Salt is in just about everything you eat. This is particularly true if you eat out often. In fact, the average intake of salt is 3,400 mg a day. The recommended intake is around 2,300 mg and if you have high blood pressure or other sodium related complications then you’re generally required to keep it below 1,500 mg a day. Herbs can add a powerful flavor punch and they also offer a variety of health benefits. Here are 6 herbs to help you use less salt.
Too much sodium causes heart and renal disease. It also causes cancer and a variety of other health problems. The key to cutting sodium is to get savvy with your cooking.
Herbs can help, which is why I grow my own, along with fresh vegetables and fruits. I used to think that I would never have a garden, or chickens, but leading a healthy life takes certain steps, and you can see why gardening can be beneficial.
6 Herbs to Help You Use Less Salt
1. Garlic – Garlic is the queen of seasoning. It’s one of the most flavorful seasonings and you can find it in just about every culture. From Mexican to Greek, garlic is always a favorite. And garlic is versatile too. You can roast it for a sweet flavor, sauté it for a nice rich flavor and you can even boil it. Try adding a bit of roasted or boiled garlic to your next batch of mashed potatoes and skip the salt. You won’t miss it.
2. Chives – Chives are another great herb. A member of the onion family, the smallest of the onion family, they work well in salads, on fish and in potato dishes as well.
3. Basil – My favorite – is fantastic and tastes great in Thai and Italian recipes. It’s also a nice touch for a salad. Use fresh or dried to add flavor to a number of meals. Learn how to Freeze Basil in 4 EASY STEPS when those Winters come around. It’ll last you year round.
4. Oregano – Commonly used in Italian cooking and combined with basil, oregano has a complicated flavor that ranges from sweet to spicy depending on the meal. It’s also used in Turkish, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin cooking. It’s also often used to season sauteed vegetables and grilled meat, including chicken. Fresh or dried, oregano is a favorable herb.
5. Sage – We most commonly think of sage as a Thanksgiving stuffing herb, however, sage is great at adding flavor to meat. It’s also used in sausage, soup and some Italian cooking.
6. Ginger – Ginger has quite a kick and will make anyone forget about the salt. It’s wonderful in soups, and can be found in Indian, Chinese and Japanese recipes. It’s works well with meat and vegetables. I grate about 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger, and mix it in with my omelets, which is quite excellent! It may be strong at first, but you get use to the taste. It’s also noted for its ability to aid digestion.
Salt is a necessary mineral. However, we’re consuming too much as a society. When there are so many other wonderful herbs, why bother with salt? Enjoy and experiment with the vast number of herbs nature provides. Try growing your own as well!