By Dr. Janet Brill
Grilling is a superbly healthy and lean cooking technique; just don’t ruin the health aspect by dousing your grilled food with a salt-laden marinade or other seasoning. Grill your way to better health with vegetables and lean meats, but be sure to season them with delicious salt-free seasoning blends.
The CDC recommends that all of us curb our sodium intake to <2,300 mg of sodium per day to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and other serious health conditions.
Salt is made up of 40% sodium. Just 1 tsp of salt = 2,400 mg of Sodium, putting you over your daily limit.
Look for salt-free wording printed on the packaging of poultry, seafood, and all-purpose seasonings and marinades and take a quick look at the sodium content on the food label.
Better yet, make your own salt-free seasonings and marinades such as this week’s featured recipe, Salt-Free Grilling Seasoning, a perfectly delicious and heart-healthy seasoning to spice up your Memorial Day weekend!
Salt-Free Grilling Seasoning
Sprinkle the seasoning as your taste prefers. The more you add, the more intense the flavor becomes. This salt-free seasoning contains zero cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease.
Yield: About 1/3 cup
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until all spices are evenly dispersed. Sprinkle grilling seasoning on vegetables and/or lean protein before grilling.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories: 190 kcal
Dietary Fiber: 10g