Reduced Sodium Beans
Reduced Sodium Baked Beans
Tips for Reducing Sodium Consumption
  1. Beware of Camouflaged Sodium
    You may have taken the salt shaker off the table, but don't forget about the lesser known significant sodium sources. Go heavy on big flavor enhancers like lemon, lime, garlic and balsamic vinegar, and light on sneaky sodium sources such as pickled foods, smoked foods and condiments, such as teriyaki sauce, cocktail sauce and ketchup. Prove it to yourself and experience big flavors with less sodium in this great BUSH'S® recipe for Flank Steak with Black Beans, Zucchini and Red Peppers.
  2. Do It Yourself
    We always knew there was something special about home cooked meals. They're made with love, taste great and give you the power to choose lower sodium ingredients. So DIY ... do it yourself!
    • DIY salad dressing: Far lower in sodium than premade varieties, it can be as simple as a dash of balsamic or red wine vinegar, olive oil and sprinkle of black pepper.
    • DIY veggie chips: Snack time! Ditch the bag of high-fat, high-sodium potato chips. Instead, toss thinly sliced root vegetables or bite-sized kale pieces in a bit of olive oil and some spices, throw 'em on a baking sheet in a 375 F oven for 12-25 minutes*, and voilà! Great tasting snacks. *Note: Cooking times vary depending on the vegetables (less time for kale, more time for root veggies). Keep an eye on the veggies, stirring once or twice to make sure they are crispy but not burnt.
    • DIY umami: Who needs salt when you've got ... umami? Capitalize on the fifth taste, which is described as powerful and satisfying with a salt-like savory quality, by making dishes that include umami-rich foods such as asparagus, tomatoes, cheese and meat.
  3. Break the Rules
    Add less salt than a recipe calls for and skip salting the water when cooking pasta or rice. The only exception is baking with yeast, which requires salt to help the dough rise. However, in most other recipes, you can omit the salt without affecting the final result. Cooking techniques like roasting, drying and toasting also boost flavor, so you can use less salt.
  4. Drop the Salt Shaker
    Amp up the taste of meals and snacks by cooking with foods already prepared with just a touch of salt and a little fat, as fat helps to prolong the salty flavor. Foods that fit the bill include olives, Parmesan cheese and salted nuts.
  5. Spice it Up
    With the range of herbs and spices available today, the salt-less flavor possibilities are nearly endless. Try international, cuisine-inspired spice mixes like curry powder and chili powder to add a world of flavor to your dishes.
  6. Make the Most of it
    Maximize the taste and flavor of herbs and spices by crumbling dry, leaf herbs like basil and oregano between your fingers, finely chopping fresh herbs, adding herbs to dishes near the end of cooking time and toasting dry spices before grinding.

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