Lighten up the salt in a favorite family meal by stocking your pantry with delicious, healthy ingredients that can be the foundation for all of your home cooking.
My favorite way to substitute for salt is to use herbs to enhance flavor:
and beyond—fresh or dried, all can add delicious flavor to your meals and side dishes.
I also use foods that are rich in umami, or savoriness. Umami is the fifth taste –the other 4 tastes are salty, sweet, sour and bitter. Mushrooms of all kinds, tomatoes, carrots and Chinese cabbage are naturally high in umami. Incorporate these foods into your dishes and you will find that you don’t need to add as much salt.
For more tips on how to cut sodium, visit The Nutrition Source.
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