Salt is a main ingredient in many prepackaged foods to help preserve shelf life, while adding flavor. Yet, doctors recommend that most seniors limit their intake of salt to reduce the risk for heart conditions, high blood pressure, and other age-related health issues. While breaking the salt habit can be difficult, it can be done!
Home Care Assistance, a trusted Denver home care agency, shares one of our secrets for cutting salt out of the diet – substitution. By experimenting with different herbs, spices, and other ingredients, you can replace salt with healthy alternatives and create meals for your loved one that will be packed with flavor.
- Citrus – Lemon juice, lime juice and even orange juice are popular substitutes for sodium. Though these acidic foods provide a different flavor than sodium, the zing that citrus creates can add a welcomed dimension to fish, poultry, or salads.
- Mexican Blend – A mixture of sodium free chili powder, cumin, garlic, and onion powder adds just the right touch to many dishes. Though allowing these spices to blend into cooked foods is preferential, the blend can be sprinkled on foods, just as salt and pepper.
- Italian Herbs and Spices – Oregano, basil, and marjoram aren’t solely for Italian sauces. Any of these spices, or a combination of each, can add to the flavor of beef, chicken or pork. They are also a great addition to soups. Basil is a light, sweet tasting spice and can be used more liberally than oregano and marjoram.
Salt is usually used to bring out the flavor of meats and other spices. Instead of using salt, allow time to let spices do their own work. Marinade meats or apply a dry rub of your favorite spices the night before cooking to let the spices settle in the food and absorb their flavors. In sauces, simmering the sauce for an hour or more can have the same effect as adding salt.
If you provide care for a parent and are having trouble preparing meals, or if you are concerned about a loved one’s ability to adhere to doctor-recommended diet, find out more about hourly or live-in care in Denver, CO. With these services, a trained and compassionate caregiver can ensure your loved one is eating regular meals, assist with meal preparation, and teach him or her which foods to avoid and which to enjoy.
To learn more about in-home care in Denver, call 720-443-3371 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager. And don’t forget to ask about our proprietary Balanced Care Method which promotes healthy eating for senior adults!