Spice Up Your Life, Say No to Salt

No more tasteless food

May is Hypertension Awareness Month

Put your hands up if you’re fed up with tasteless and uninspiring food that’s supposed to be good for your health. I know I am. That’s why I’m going to give you some tips on how to keep your taste buds happy while keeping your blood pressure in check. But don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with all that medical jargon. Instead, I’m going to give you some simple tips on how to keep your blood pressure in check by substituting salt in your diet. No gimmicks!

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Now, I know what you’re thinking, “How am I supposed to enjoy my food without salt?” Well, let me tell you something, my friends. There are plenty of substitutes out there that will keep your taste buds happy and your blood pressure low.  First up, we’ve got herbs and spices. That’s right, folks, the same stuff you use to add flavor to your dishes can also be used to replace salt. Try using some garlic, rosemary, thyme, or even cinnamon to spice up your meals. Trust me, it takes a little experimentation in the kitchen, but it works!

Next, we’ve got citrus. Lemons, limes, and oranges are not only great for adding flavor to your dishes, but they also contain potassium, which can help lower your blood pressure. Squeeze some lemon juice over your veggies or salad, or add some orange zest to your marinade.

Finally, we’ve got vinegar. Not only does it add some zing to your salads and veggies, but it also contains acetic acid, which can help lower your blood pressure. Try using balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing or marinade.

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Now, for those of you still thinking: “those substitutes are boring. What about some real flavor?” Well, my friends, I’ve got you covered. Try adding some hot sauce, mustard, or salsa to your dishes for an extra kick. Just be sure to check the sodium content, as some of these condiments can be high in salt.

So, there you have it, folks. Some of my tips on how I substitute salt in my diet and keep my blood pressure in check. Remember, high blood pressure is no joke, so be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about other lifestyle changes you can make to stay healthy. And in the meantime, enjoy those delicious, low-salt meals!

Before making any changes to your diet, you should always consult with your primary care provider. To learn more about reducing your sodium intake visit https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/sites/default/files/publications/TipsToReduceSodium.pdf