Healthy Salt Substitutes

There are so many healthy salt substitutes now available you just need to be a little creative so you can throw away that salt shaker and make your own flavorful recipes, here are some of my favorite salt substitutes.

Herbs

Most herbs are flavorful and will transform a simple dish into a tasty one.

The combination of rosemary and thyme is most often used with roasted potatoes but these fragrant herbs can be used in so many other recipes. Try pairing them on all kinds of vegetables, marinades, stews, soups, fish, lamb, and poultry. While rosemary tends to have a pine scent, thyme is more sweet and mint.

Basil is found in Italian dishes and is a versatile herb that can be used in countless meals. You can try topping slice tomatoes and mozzarella with basil to create a refreshing Caprese salad, add a few leaves to a Margherita pizza, make pesto, add it to pastas, soups, or even try it on your favorite meat recipe.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper helps boost your metabolism, aids digestion, works as an anti inflammatory and works as a detox to your body. If you enjoy food on the spicier side, cayenne pepper is your new best friend. Toss this spice into chili and soups to give them a fiery kick, and add it to meat dishes, roasted vegetables, and nuts as well. With so much flavor and heat, you won’t even notice the missing salt.

Paprika

Paprika is loaded with carotenids, vitamin E, Iron and is rich in antioxidants that helps fight diseases such as auto immune diseases, cancer, diabetes and is a great anti inflammatory.

Paprika is great in omelet’s and on top of deviled eggs, pasta, meat dishes, any variety of potatoes, roasted nuts, and even on popcorn if you are looking for a good salt replacement.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, niacin and many more nutrients. Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice has the power to completely transform chicken, fish, seafood, and salads. You can also use grated lemon zest in light and summery pasta dishes, citrus pesto, or as part of a marinade for grilled meats.

Vinegar

Research has shown that apple cider vinegar helps lower blood pressure, improves diabetes and improves digestion. It is a great way to add flavor to salads, roasted vegetables, fish, coleslaw, and other savory dishes; you can use red and white wine or balsamic vinegar for an added tanginess. You can also use certain types of vinegar to tenderize meat thanks to its high acidity.

Garlic and Onions 

Garlic and Onions are a very good source of vitamin B6 and C, contains a rich amount of iron, potassium and folate, it has naturally occurring compounds that help detoxify your liver, you can feel good knowing you’re boosting your health.

Onions are often referred to as the foundation of any flavorful meal. You can toss onions into practically any recipe to liven it up and give it a boost. Try adding pan-fried onions to potatoes, meat dishes, stir fries, tuna salad, soups, and more.

Benefits of Water

There are many benefits to drinking water while you are on the Dash Diet

Drinking up to a recommend 8 glass of water daily can leave you with shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir.

Water Can Help Control Calories.

Dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.

Food that have a high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

Water Helps Energize Muscles.

Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.

It is important to drink water while you are doing exercise because when muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and your performance will suffer.

Water Helps your Skin and Hair Looking Good.

Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss

Hairdressers have been saying a cool-water rinse leaves hair glossier. The chilly temp constricts the cuticle layer of your hair so it lies flatter; making strands smoother and more reflective.

How Does the Body’s Detox?

How Does the Body’s Detox ?
So how does the body detox itself, The body has its own internal detoxification system. Here’s a brief look at three critical organs involved:

  • The Liver: Your first line of defense against toxins is your liver, which acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in foods from passing into your blood stream.
  • The Colon: This organ has bacteria that produce both healthy and unhealthy chemicals. You want to keep your colon flowing regularly since its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm.
  • The Kidneys: Like clockwork, the kidneys are constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine.

Even when you are on the Dash diet it is a good idea to detox your body, you need to maintain these three key organs by nourishing your body with the right nutrients. The 48-Hour Cleanse is based upon eating certain “detoxifying” foods that will keep these systems running smoothly. The plan couldn’t be simpler to follow so you’re not always focused on what to eat next. You’ll need to prepare and eat the following meals and snacks two days in a row. To get ready for the 48 hour cleanse.

Shopping List

Cleanse

Recipes for your 48 Hour Cleanse

Breakfast:

Quinoa With Chopped Prunes 

Ingredients

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup water

1 pinch nutmeg

1 tsp grated ginger

1 tbsp flax seed oil

1/3 cup chopped prunes

1/4 cup rice milk

Directions

In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water.

Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes.

Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flax seed oil.

Snack: Detox Drinks

Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup pineapple

2 large cucumbers

1 bunch kale without stems (4 cups chopped)

1/2 lemon, squeezed

1/4 inch of ginger

1 bunch of mint (1/2 cup)

Directions

Combine all ingredients and blend in juicer.

Pineapple, Lemon and Pomegranate Blend-Free Detox Drink

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

1 lemon

1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice

3 cups water

Directions

Combine all ingredients and mix in a cup. Enjoy!

Alternative Snack: Fresh Veggies

Ingredients

Celery, Radishes, Cucumber, Green Beanss

Olive oil, Lemon juice,Salt,Pepper

Directions

Cut up celery, radishes, cucumber and green beans.

For dressing, combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Lunch

Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 cup almond or hemp milk (plain/unsweetened)

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 banana

1/2 cup ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth

Dinner

Vegetable Broth Soup

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Ingredients

2 red onions, roughly chopped

2 stalks celery, roughly chopped

1 fennel bulb, fronds and stalks included, roughly chopped

2 tsp caraway seeds

Freshly ground pepper

1 cup sliced shitake caps

4 large cloves garlic, chopped

1 cabbage, roughly chopped

2 quarts water

2 tbsp paprika

2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped

8 sprigs parsley, chopped stems and leaves

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

Directions

Combine all ingredients, except for the chopped parsley, in a pot. Add 2 quarts of water.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 1 hour. Adjust seasoning.

Remove whole parsley sprigs and serve topped with some freshly chopped parsley.

Serve with a side of traditionally fermented sauerkraut and chopped apples.

DASH Diet Sodium Allowance

Your daily Dash Diet sodium allowance should be no more than 2300 milligrams per day for a standard diet, so if you are over that requirement slowly reduce the intake a little bit each day over a 2-3 week period so your taste buds will get use to less salt.

Ultimately you would like to be on 1500 milligram per day, this is a much safer level and this should be your goal.

Dash Diet Sodium Allowance

Ways to Reduce Sodium

Remove Salt Shakers from your table where you eat your meals.

Buy fresh or plain frozen vegetable with “no salt added”.

If you buy regular canned convenience food , rinse the content of the can to reduce the sodium

Add little or no salt to your cooking and substitute with herbs and spices

Read the Food Labels.

We now live in a day and age where it is a requirement for Food and Drug labels to let us know what we are consuming so make the most of these labels at read your food labels. Make sure you choose the least amount of Sodium on the label.

Health Benefits of Lentils

The Health Benefits of Lentils

There are many health benefits of lentils , they are a great source of protein, fiber , they are high in iron and very good for the heart. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, If you are  on the Dash Diet or a vegetarian lentils should be included in your every day diet. Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition.

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Fiber

Lentils are packed with fiber. Fiber is the indigestible part of plants, which is what you need to keep your digestive track and intestines healthy.

Lentils contain about eight grams of fiber per serving; this will keep your bowels regular

Protein

Protein is what keeps us feeling full, and for a lot of people, they get their protein through consuming meat. But if you’re a vegetarian, lentils are a great way to fill you up. With eight grams of protein per serving, adding lentils to your next meal will help you feel fuller longer.

High in Iron

If you don’t eat red meat, it can be very easy to become anemic, or have low iron. If you’ve noticed that you’re bruising easily, maybe get your iron levels checked out. That could be the cause.

If you are a vegetarian, lentils are a great source of iron.

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Good for the Heart

Lentils have an extremely low amount of fat in them, which means they’re great for your heart! They also contain magnesium, which is great for cardiovascular health.

Lentils often have an earthy taste, the best way to enjoy the taste of lentils is to add spices to them, and the Indians have been doing this for years, so check out a very tasty Dash Diet Red Lentil Curry.

Dash Diet Healthy Snacks

Dash Diet Healthy Snacks

Finding healthy snacks is such and important part of the DASH diet, we all have craving for something sweet at time, but if it becomes uncontrollable here is a quick fix that will help your with your cravings so you can keep on your diet.

To over come your salt cravings add more good fats in your diet like avocado, nuts and seeds,  this will help make better choices when you eat,.

With every meal you need to have a protein and a carbohydrate. The protein breaks down the food and slows down your cravings. Plus add a little dairy to your lunch. Here are some ideas of combinations of healthy snack as and meals that will curb your appetite, try this for at least 3 weeks to get the best results and you will be eating less calories and one indulge in those sweet treats.

 

English Muffin (whole Grain) with Almond Butter

English Muffin (whole Grain) with an Egg

Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken

Lentils with Salmon

Brown Rice with Tuna

Corn Tortilla with Steak 

                           DOWNLOAD YOUR HEALTHY SNACK LIST HERE

Often cravings are a sign that you are dehydrated, it’s so important to drink water so add a some flavoring to your water and keep a jug of cold lemon water in your fridge, or a jug of strawberry flavored water- your favorite flavor and then you can drink as much of it all day long.

Some other tips to stop you from craving , try brushing your teeth.

POPCORN

2 cups of popcorn

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

3 tablespoon of hemp seeds (they have protein) and they are a super food.

Mix all together.

The benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are high in protein and contain all nine of the essential amino acids.  They also have fiber, vitamin E, and a balanced ratio of omega 3 fatty acids to omega 6, 3:1.  Hemp seeds have been found to help people with immune deficiency diseases and are rich in phytonutrients which help protect against diseases.

Dash Diet Grocery List

Dash Diet  Grocery List

Here are 7 Dash Diet heart healthy grocery items you should have in you pantry, check out the benefits of having these seven items in your daily diet. A healthy heart and a healthy life go hand-in-hand. Your heart is central to staying healthy well into old age. The stronger it is and the better it beats, the better you’ll feel as you get older

Apples

According to a recent study, an apple a day may keep statins away, apples are loaded with fiber and flavonoids, eating just one apple a day may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar

Beet Greens

One cup of cooked beet greens a day can have seriously heart-healthy benefits. These frequently neglected leaves are a great source of insoluble fiber, a nutrient that helps block the absorption of cholesterol. They are also rich in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.

Canola Oil

The plant sterols in canola oil help prevent your body from absorbing bad cholesterol. It contains a host of antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body. You only need to use a tablespoon of canola oil a day to get the benefits.

Dark Chocolate

The flavonols in cocoa can lower your blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels and thinning your blood. By increasing the flexibility of your blood vessels, it lowers your risk of heart disease. To get the benefits of flavonoids, make sure to get dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa. If you’re not sure, get bars that are labeled “pure,” “dark” or “unprocessed.”

Garlic

Lower your risk of heart disease by incorporating a single teaspoon of garlic powder (or one fresh garlic clove) into your diet every day. This potent flavor-booster helps prevent the buildup of cholesterol in your bloodstream, keeping your arteries flexible and plaque-free.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower LDL while not negatively affecting your HDL. To get its heart-healthy benefits, the Food and Drug Administration recommends substituting about two tablespoons of olive oil a day for other fats.

                                                                   Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol circulates in your blood in different forms,  some of which are bad for you. LDL cholesterol is the major number that doctors use to decide if you need to lower your blood cholesterol. A simple blood test can be done to find your blood cholesterol. If you’re under 40, you should aim to keep your LDL below 190. If you’re over 40, you should aim to have your LDL cholesterol be below 70, especially if you have diabetes or any risk factors for heart disease.

                                                             Blood Pressure Numbers

The higher number, called the systolic blood pressure, should be below 140. The lower number, called the diastolic pressure, should be below 90.

So enjoy making up your favorite Dash Diet dishes and make sure you add any of these items into your recipes , your heart will thank you for it.