Find out how to celebrate and get healthy!
It’s National Nutrition Month and while it may not be everybody’s favorite thing to celebrate, here at SHAPE, we’re pretty excited, especially because this year’s theme is “get your plate in shape.” National Nutrition Month was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to educate the public about healthy eating, by helping consumers make informed choices about the foods they consume, develop good eating habits, and of course get active.
Every week this month the NNM is focusing on one healthy change we can all make in our lives and the first change is to reduce salt intake. According to the Center for Disease Control nine out of 10 American’s eat more than the recommended daily allowance for sodium, which increases the risk of stroke and heart disease amongst other health concerns.
The best way to slash salt is to limit processed foods. But, if like me, you make most of your food at home there a few more things you can do to cut sodium there too. Buy fresh or frozen produce as opposed to canned, always rinse canned beans, and lay off the salt shaker. My favorite ways to slash sodium without missing it are to add fresh lemon or lime juice to recipes and salad dressings. These juices hit your taste buds in the same way salt does making them the perfect substitute. I also add garlic powder to almost everything, even if it already has fresh garlic in it. Other seasonings like chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and cardamom are great when a salty savory craving hits.
My favorite salt slayers though, are potassium-rich foods like potatoes (white and sweet), beans, bananas, salmon, raisins, avocado, almonds, and winter squash. Eating these foods actually offsets the negative affects of sodium.
Tell us in the comments below what you’ll be doing to slash sodium and tune in to find out more things you can do to improve your diet all month long. To learn more about National Nutrition Month visit eatright.org.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.