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Monday, May 22, 2017

Say No to Salt and Yes to Spices

An important part of your long-term sobriety is learning how to eat a balanced diet – and the best way to do this is to cook for yourself. 

Even so, a lot of so-called healthy recipes rely on salt to add flavor. And too much sodium can up your risk of a variety of chronic conditions, including: 
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stomach cancer
Luckily, a little cooking creativity can help you cut back on sodium without sacrificing flavor – and you’ll likely reap some extra health benefits, too. Here are a few herbs and spices to always have in your kitchen:
  • Basil: Add this robust and aromatic herb to fish, lean meat, stews, salads, soups and sauces.
    Health bonus: Contains powerful antioxidants called flavonoids that protect cells from damage.
  • Mint: Adds bright freshness to pasta or chilled grain dishes like quinoa salad or couscous.
    Health bonus: Great source of vitamin C, which helps the body build important proteins that keep skin healthy and hair shiny.
  • Cinnamon: This fragrant spice is perfect to sprinkle on fruits or in sauces or in breads and other baked goods.
    Health bonus: Most known for its ability to reduce the rise of blood sugar after a meal.
  • Garlic: Best enjoyed fresh, this flavorful and aromatic bulb is the perfect addition to lean meat, fish, soups, vegetables, potatoes and sauces.
    Health bonus: Rich in the mineral selenium, which may help prevent heart disease and cancer
  • Ginger: This unique sweet and spicy flavor can be used when searing any protein: fish, chicken, pork or beef.
    Health bonus: Aids digestion and eases nausea; decreases inflammation.
  • Parsley: This nutritious herb can give meat, fish, salads, sauces and vegetables a vibrant taste.
    Health bonus: Good source of vitamin K, which helps blood clot and keeps your bones strong.
  • Sage: These grayish green leaves give lean meat, fish, biscuits and veggies a savory flavor.
    Health bonus: May help enhance memory; reduce inflammation.
  • Rosemary: This aromatic herb has evergreen-like leaves perfect for sauces, stuffing, potatoes and fish and lean meat dishes.
    Health bonus: Aids digestion; increases circulation.
Nutrition Planning at Complete Harmony
Helping clients plan healthful meals to enrich their body and mind is just one of the many features of our hybrid addiction treatment. By integrating conventional and holistic recovery approaches, we help restore balance to the whole person. To learn more, call: 866-930-4673.

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