Happy More Herbs, Less Salt Day!

29 Aug

mmmm I love food-related holidays!  More herbs, less salt day is really easy to accomplish for anybody, and has tasty AND healthy rewards.  I never add salt to my food anyway, (unless I’m baking b/c I feel like the magic just won’t happen if I don’t add salt), so this holiday was more like everyday practice for me.  My band/scuba buddy gave me some herbs from her garden, so I’ve been furiously trying to keep them alive and use them in my food.

Today, I baked sweet and sour pork which was deeeelish.  Got some pork medallions (BOGO from Kroger, of course), marinated them in sweet and sour sauce with a bunch of herbs, and chopped up tri-colored peppers.  Popped ’em in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes, added rice to the mix and overall it was a pretty sensible and satisfying dinner.

Here’s an awkward video where the “Colorado Mortgage Guy” uses More Herbs, Less Salt day as a metaphor for mortgages.  Yeesh.

Why reduce salt?  Well, besides for health reasons, it doesn’t mask the true flavor of the food you’re enjoying, while adding herbs will enhance that flavor.  (Salt can bring out flavor while you’re cooking, but I’ve never really noticed much of a difference).  More importantly, you reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease if you monitor your sodium intake.  Your body tries to clear out salt, and while doing so, may need to increase blood pressure, hence why too much salt is bad for you.  You should aim for about 1500 mg-2300mg of sodium or fewer daily.

She shoulda had more herbs and less salt.

Celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt early and often.  Your heart will thank you!

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2 Responses to “Happy More Herbs, Less Salt Day!”

  1. Anne O August 29, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    How about unique herbs day? Today I used the tops of carrots in place of parsley.

    • neuronano August 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      I had no idea those were even edible!

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