Wondering where all the sodium is hidden? You’ll be surprised at the unlikely (and sometimes highly likely—looking at you, salty margarita) places we found the mg’s. Take a little trip with us through an editor’s day to see where he cut back.
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Read cereal box before pouring the bowl. Had avoided Frosted Mini-Wheats because of the sugar but notice they contain much less sodium than my usual bran-and-raisin routine.
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While eating cereal, peruse milk label. See that milk naturally contains about 100mg sodium per cup. Hmm...
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Put new milk smarts to good use: Order 12-ounce dark roast instead of a mostly milk latte. Figure sodium savvy earns me a treat: a shot of half-and-half.
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Run out to fast casual soup-and-sandwich chain for lunch. Instead of a smoked turkey (smoked = salty) and Swiss on wheat, opt for roast beef and cheddar.
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Hold the pickle spear.
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Stressful meeting. Relieve frustration by ripping apart an orange instead of dipping into smoked almond supply.
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Tasty cocktail after work with friends at nearby Mexican place: Order margarita sans salt.
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Resist urge to polish off most of basket of chips. Restrain myself to, let's say, one-tenth.
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On the way home, pass billboard luring me to Taco Bell for 5 Buck Box of burritos and tacos. Resist.
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Start prepping dinner—two quick chicken paillards and salad. Recipe calls for ¼ teaspoon salt for chicken. Use kosher instead of table, which reduces sodium by 20%.
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Glad I bought natural chicken that hasn't been plumped with salty stock.
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Bypass the full-sodium bottle of vinaigrette and make my own.
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Time for House Hunters International. After 20 minutes of sofa surfing, feel heartburn coming on. Pop antacids—calcium-based instead of surprisingly sodium-heavy plop-and-fizz kind.