Tantalize Your Tastebuds While Cutting Down on Sodium

Watching your salt intake can be a challenge; especially during the holiday season. The American Heart Association recommends that the average person’s intake of sodium should be 2300 mg. If you have high blood pressure or other heart issues it is recommended that you consume less than 1500 mg per day. This is tough to achieve when there is 2325 mg of sodium in one teaspoon of salt.

Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor to a dish without having to add additional salt. Most herbs and spices can be found at your local grocery store. Herbs can be found both fresh and dried.

  • Dried herbs are best used in a cooked preparation
  • Fresh herbs are best used in a fresh preparation.  You can also use fresh herbs as a garnish and add a finishing touch. 
  • When using herbs and spices for the first time, start with ¼ teaspoon and increase the amount if needed.
  • Ground dried to fresh herbs ratio:  4 parts fresh herbs to 1 part ground dried herbs  

Check out this easy chart for using spices.