Salt Alternatives For a Healthier You

So you get the news from the dreaded blood pressure cuff. You still have high blood pressure. Your doctor tells you that you have to change your diet. Cut back on the beloved salt. They threaten you with big scary words associated with high blood pressure such as STROKE. KIDNEY DAMAGE. VISION LOSS. ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION. HEART FAILURE.

How and where do you even begin? First I would start by cutting back on some common foods with high salt content. You can see some of the top offenders in my other article here. If you have been paying some attention, you have probably figured out that the best way to avoid salt is to start making food yourself instead of buying frozen meals, eating out, and eating all that processed food. Well how the heck are you supposed to flavor your food now?  Below I have created a list of great ways to season your food without using salt. Give some of these a try and let me know how it turns out!

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1. Mrs Dash Original Salt Free Blend {affiliate}
Most of us have come across this salt alternative. Mrs. Dash is a great place to begin for those trying to avoid salt. All of the different Mrs. Dash varieties are salt free and offer unique flavors to spice up your food.

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2. Garlic. I am a huge fan of garlic. For the simplest method, try using garlic powder. You can also buy jars of minced garlic (which typically do not have salt). The best way of course is to get fresh garlic and chop it up yourself or use a Garlic Press like the one I use. {affiliate}
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3. Lime is a great alternative to salt. Just squeeze a quarter of a lime over your entire dish just before serving. Stir and serve! Lemon is also  a good option to squeeze over your favorite dishes. Try lime over more of your spicy dishes, while using lemon on your more mellow creations.

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4. No Salt. No salt is a salt alternative for those of use who just can’t live without a salt taste. This product is made with potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride. Definitely worth a try!

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5. Sea Salt or Kosher Salt?? Depending on where you look, some sources like the american heart association will tell you that sea salt or kosher salt may have less sodium than regular table salt because of the larger crystals, while others such as the mayo clinic say you get the same amount of sodium in all of them. As the results are inconclusive at this time, it is likely best to use all salt products in moderation.

What salt alternatives have you tried?

Happy Salting,

~HealthyGirl

 

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