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August 29th is More Herbs, Less Salt Day

By Denise Roskamp

Senior Care in Sudbury MA

Many seniors are advised by their doctors to eat a low-sodium diet for many reasons. If your loved one is at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke, they may be told to cut back on salt. Unfortunately, sodium can be found in many packaged or processed foods and foods that we order at restaurants. It is used in high amounts in these types of foods to enhance the flavor. In addition, many Americans have the habit of putting too much table salt on their homemade food. While it is true that salt does enhance the flavor of foods, it is certainly not the only way to make food taste great. On August 29th, More Herbs, Less Salt Day, Americans are encouraged to use herbs to flavor food instead of salt. If your senior loved one is on a low-sodium diet, using herbs in your cooking can be a great way to make meals tasty but still low in sodium. Read on for some great ideas for flavoring your loved meals by using herbs instead of salt.

Basil

During the final weeks of summer, fresh basil will still be flourishing and growing in big, lush bunches. Basil is a potent herb that can have a strong, even spicy flavor. Fresh basil can be added to pizza, pasta sauce, pasta dishes, soups, sandwiches, and more to add a unique flavor without using salt. The flavor of basil is so strong and unique, that your loved one is not likely to miss the salt at all!

Rosemary

If your loved one grows rosemary in their garden, they know that it is a beautiful perennial plant that is attractive to look at, but it can also be delicious when added to foods. Rosemary is a great herb to put on chicken breasts, both dried or fresh tastes great. Olive oil that is infused with rosemary can be a tasty alternative to butter for fresh bread. In addition, rosemary tastes great in sauces and soups.

Oregano

Oregano is another potent herb that can certainly stand in for salt. It tastes great on pizza, pasta, in tomato sauce, in soups, and on sandwiches or even omelets and scrambled eggs. Like rosemary, it can be used to infuse olive oil for a tasty condiment that is low-sodium and lower in saturated fat than butter.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN SUDBURY, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.