The other day, I was reading a health report suggesting we limit our intake of salt to no more than one teaspoon per day. When you hear it, it doesn’t actually sound like very much. After all, a teaspoon doesn’t hold very much at all. It’s just a measly teaspoon, right? But when you look closely at a teaspoonful as in the image above, for goodness sakes it sure is an awful lot of salt. Just look at it. Even if you use the more healthy salts, such as seat salt, kosher salt, or Himalayan pink salt (if you don’t know about them go to Google or wait on my write-up for it some time in the future), a teaspoon seems more than enough. Eating too much salt in the short term can affect weight retention, elevate blood pressure, interfere with proper kidney functioning, contribute to cardiovascular disease, and can dilute the body’s water supply making a person dehydrated. In the long term, it can adversely affect a person’s overall health and cause premature death.
So, how do you season your food when you think you need to use salt to make your foods taste good? Did you know there are dozens of different herbs and spices out there you can use to add boost the flavor in your foods? Some of the most common ones are cilantro, parsley, chives, marjoram, paprika, garlic, thyme, basil, caraway, dill, oregano, rosemary, savory, sage, and celery leaves. But, these are only a small number of them. There are many others. Using different combinations can help you get a different flavor. One combination I use is garlic, basil, marjoram, and parsley; another combination I use is sage, cilantro, thyme, and paprika. You have to experiment with different combinations to get a flavor that you like. Once you find the right combination, put it in an empty spice container. You can either save one when you’ve used up a particular spice, or you can go to one of the dollar stores and buy some containers.
In addition, if you add the juice from a wedge of lime, lemon, or orange (or use lemon, lime, or orange zest), you can bring out the flavors even more. You may also drizzle cider or rice vinegar. That will also greatly enhance the flavor.
Salt has addictive qualities. Did you know that? That is why we crave it so, and that’s also why it’s so hard to give up. But if you replace salt with other spices, herbs, and seasonings such as the ones I’ve listed above, that will go a long way to help you enjoy your foods without it. Your body will thank you.