Ultimate Sodium Guide: Eat Less Salt!

The tenth Healthy Habits challenge: Eat less salt. Our simple guide to cutting back on America's favorite seasoning.

Top Ten Ways to Reduce Sodium

These 10 easy steps, both large and small, let you keep the lid on sodium without a whole lot of sacrifice. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD

Reduce Sodium: Ratchet up Fruits & Veggies
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6. Ratchet Up Fruits & Veggies

Even if you’re having trouble ditching the salt shaker, do try including lots of fruits and vegetables at meals. Research confirms that eating potassium-rich foods (most types of produce sport generous amounts of this mineral) actually helps blunt the impact of sodium by reducing blood pressure and dilating arteries. If you really want to neutralize some of sodium’s damaging impact, reach for these high potassium all-stars frequently: oranges, bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, dried apricots, melon, and kidney beans.

Cooking tip: Roasting carrots, eggplant, tomatoes or any vegetable with a splash of olive oil and a grind of fresh pepper can result in rich-flavored side dishes that don’t need salt.

View Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables with Sorghum and Cider

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Cooking with Quinoa: 25 Recipes

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