N: No Salt Seasonings
Canyon Ranch reports that the New England Journal of Medicine had this to say about salt’s connection to our health.
With salt’s link to serious conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease, many of us are trying to reduce our sodium intake—some of us on doctor’s orders. Reaching for the salt shaker less often could have a major payoff: Cutting just a half teaspoon of salt out of our diets every day could reduce our rates of coronary heart disease and stroke roughly by a third, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Herbs and spices can help flavor up your food for those that have had to reduce, or eliminate, salt from their diet. Their post, Easy Ways to Add Flavor Without Salt, discusses using herbs in the kitchen. They also mention some vinegars, juices and extracts to use.
The Frugal Café shares nine different No Salt Seasoning blends on their post Kitchen DIY: Salt-Free Herb/Spice Blends for Salt Substitutes. They also give a lot of good advice about making your own salt free seasoning blends. Here’s one to get you started. Check out their page for more.
Frugal Café Herbal Salt-Free Blend #5 – “Mrs. Dash “Clone” Blend
- 1 T. ground cayenne pepper
- 1 T. garlic powder
- 1 T. onion powder
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
- 1 tsp. dried savory
- 1 tsp. ground mace
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. dried sage
- 1 tsp. dried marjoram leaves
- 1 tsp. ground dried grated lemon peel
Note: This one reportedly tastes similar to the commercial Mrs. Dash salt-substitute herb mixture
Are you a salt or No-Salt person? Do you have any favorite herbs to season with?