Have a Tasty Thanksgiving – with Less Salt

Your-Healthy-Heart-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015It’s easy to cut salt – without sacrificing flavor – this Thanksgiving.  Try these tips from the American Heart Association.

  • Look for a bird that hasn’t been injected with a sodium solution.  Check the fine print on the packaging and look for terms such as “broth,” “saline” or “sodium solution.”  Sodium levels in unseasoned fresh meats are around 100 mg or less per 4-ounce serving.
  • Compare nutrition labels and choose the bread with the lowest amount of sodium you can find.  Use sage, thyme, oregano, basil and other savory herbs for flavor.
  • Mashed potatoes. Replace some or all of the salt in your traditional recipe with roasted smashed garlic, garlic powder or onion powder.
  • Green bean casserole. Rinse and drain canned beans to remove up to 40% of the sodium.
  • Cook veggies with less salt (or none) and instead pair them with herbs and spices.

–Source:  American Heart Association