If being involved in a pantry does nothing else, it teaches us to be aware of the impact that salt has on our health. Getting too much salt, and getting the wrong salt, are two important things we need to learn about in order to be healthier.
An important ingredient in fast food is salt. Many canned soups we eat at home have unrealistically high amounts of salt. Salt is everywhere!
1. ADD CELERY TO YOUR MEALS WHENEVER YOU CAN. Sprinkle chopped celery on salads, soup, cooked vegetables, cooked meats. Be generous. Celery offers a crunch, and has potassium, something we all need. If you can get enough celery at the pantry, stuff it with peanut butter for a healthy meal or snack. If you suffer with hypertension, eat generous amounts of celery every day.
2. WHEN YOU MAKE SALADS WITH ONIONS, AND RADISHES, YOU WON’T MISS THE SALT AT ALL.
3. BE GENEROUS WITH PEPPER AND HERBS.
4. GO FOR EDIBLE FLOWERS. Experiment with herbs and flowrs on your salads: chives, dandelions, garlic, mint, nasturtiums, onions, violets.
5. CHOPPED FRESH GREEN BEANS ARE GOOD TASTE TREATS ON SOUPS, SALADS, VEGETABLES.
6. LOW SODIUM CANNED BEANS SUCH AS PINTOS, CHICKPEAS, BLACK, KIDNEY MAKE GOOD ADDITIONS TO SALADS, SOUPS, VEGETABLES.
7. MAKE YOUR OWN CROUTONS. Your homemade variety will be just as tasty if you rub the bread with garlic before preparation and then sprinkle them with herbs.
8. MAKE YOUR OWN SOUP. The best soups come without a label. What you prepare at home can have less fat, salt, sugar, MSG and preservatives. Substitute herbs.
9. SALAD DRESSING YOU MAKE AT HOME CAN BE MORE FLAVORFUL IF YOU CAN USE UNREFINED OILS. That way, you’ll get healthy fats, vitamins, and distinctive flavors.
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There will be more posts in the future about healthy eating and at least one will feature Real Salt, which I recommend. Hope you find them both fun and interesting.
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