Ditch the Salt, Delight in the Herbs

Today we’re here to celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day!

Salt is a staple in every kitchen.

Salt is the first thing we turn to when we want to take an ‘okay’ dish and make it shine.

It kind of goes without saying, if you’re eating a bland dish, you add salt.

If you want to bring out the sweetness of a baked good, you add salt.Ocimum

But as we discussed in a previous article, while salt might be (considered) good for spicing up a boring meal, in excess, it really does nothing good for your body and overall health.

Too much salt can put you at risk for a number of serious health issues including:

  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Headaches

And we definitely eat too much of it. In the US, 9 out of 10 Americans eat way above the recommended amount, consuming 3,400 mg of sodium daily (versus the recommended 2,300 mg or 1,500 mg if you are 50+ or have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease).

But the good news is there is a great-tasting and much healthier alternative to salt.

Black mortar and pestle with fresh picked herbs, over white background.

Fresh Herbs

You can re-train your taste buds and amp up your cooking style with this one super simple substitute.

And it is the perfect day to do this because August 29th was More Herbs, Less Salt Day.

This is the ideal moment to ditch the salt and delight in the aroma and delicious tastes of fresh herbs.

Instead of a salty tomato sauce for your pasta, how about a rich and flavorful (oil-free) pesto which is chock full of aromatic basil? Maybe consider adding some rosemary to season those sautéed vegetables or roasted potatoes? Or what about using fresh herbs to jazz up your ‘normal’ dinner salad?

And finding fresh herbs nowadays is easy.   You can of course go to your local store (or open market) to purchase them. But since fresh herbs can be somewhat expensive and don’t have a really long shelf life, why not consider growing them yourself? (Don’t worry-it’s super simple).

Here Are the Steps

  1. Get a few pots with soil (or make a spot for a small garden in your backyard).
  2. Buy seeds of your favorite herbs.
  3. Water and watch them grow!Aug-30_MoreHerbsLessSalt_ChefRecipe2
  4. Clip what you need, when you need it.

It will not cost very much, and the freshness level is unbeatable!

And to celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day in style (and to show you how truly delightful the flavor and aromas of fresh herbs can be!) here is this week’s recipe of Summer Squash With Pesto from Natural Gourmet Institute.

It’s nice to know that herbs are finally getting the attention they so justly deserve with this special day. Maybe it’s time they get the same attention in your daily cooking routine?