Today, we’re talking gifts. The gift of health. The gift of knowledge. The gift of pretty plates, portable boom boxes, low-sodium pickling spices, and everything else you need to make your diet feel absolutely LIMITLESS. And whether you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, or any other holiday, just remember that anytime is the right time to treat yourself or a loved one to these wrapable goodies and bites of wisdom.
So let’s begin with the gift of health.
Just like last year, I’ve created a Pinterest board inspired by my favorite items in my low-sodium tool belt. There are book shelves, dehydrators, non-toxic cleaners, spices, pickles, and grilling planks. Blenders, boom boxes, and even half-pint ice cream makers. (Not to mention my own very limitless low-sodium cookbook available for preorder on Amazon). Basically all the ingredients you need to make one tasty and enjoyable low-sodium kitchen. And you can use this Pinterest board to fill out your own holiday wish list. Or better yet, to fill stockings for family and friends, helping outfit their pantries and counters so that they can better provide low-sodium meals for you.
Gift of health. Check.
Now, let’s move on to the gift of knowledge.
The American Heart Association will be launching an amazing Three Week Sodium Swap Campaign in January, encouraging people to kick their salty ways in twenty-one days. Which means, if you or a loved one are just starting your low-sodium diet, the American Heart Association is ready to hold your hand through the process with blog posts, Facebook discussions, and a lot of good low-sodium information on the Salty Six and other high sodium contributors.
But if you’ve been doing this low-sodium thing for a while, it also means that you can be a voice of inspiration. You can get on the American Heart Association’s Facebook page and share your own stories, tips, and tricks. You can help encourage people as their palates adjust to life without salt. You can cheer, support, and offer your favorite low-sodium websites and recipes to bring color to what is often misunderstood as a boring and bland diet. You can tell people about your favorite low-sodium swaps so they can avoid the Salty Six and other high sodium contributors. You can show off all you’ve learned and pass it forward. Way forward.
Gift of knowledge, check.
As for a little extra surprise, I’ve remixed the 12 Days of Christmas into my own version: The 12 Days of Low-Sodium Blissmas, which I’ll be tweeting and posting on the American Heart Association’s Facebook page from now until the new year. It features my favorite low-sodium tips. And it is incredibly singable (which means, if you have a musical family, it can easily become a new holiday tradition). I hope you enjoy.
With that, I’m wishing you all much health and happiness as this year begins to come to a close. I’m wishing you gifts of health and knowledge and song. I’m wishing you twelve days of low-sodium blissmas and many more to come.
Happy holidays and chow on.
THE TWELVE DAYS OF LOW-SO BLISSMAS
On the first day of Low-So Christmas my true love gave to me, spices that are sodium-free.
(look for no-salt-added spice brands — like Penzey’s and Mrs. Dash — to fill your home and food with endless flavor)
On the second day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, marinade and rubs.
(even without salt, it’s easy to give meats and veggies flavor with homemade sauces and spice rubs)
On the third day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, air chilled hens.
(while you have to watch out for plumped poultry, air chilled birds are good to go)
On the fourth day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, dried and fresh herbs.
(an easy and colorful way to boost flavor…and remember to mix it up, putting unlikely herbs on your favorite foods)
On the fifth day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, nutritional listings.
(always check labels to keep high sodium foods out of your pantry and welcome unlikely low-sodium foods into your cupboard)
On the sixth day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, ovens for roasting.
(ovens, grills, and slow cookers bring out an ingredient’s natural sweet and savory flavors)
On the seventh day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, tupperware for snacking.
(make sure you can always eat well on-the-go with spill-free tupperware)
On the eight day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, coconut for milking.
(in place of high sodium milk, swap it for low-sodium coconut milk or FAGE Greek and soy yogurt)
On the ninth day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, oranges for zesting.
(instead of salt, reach for a lemon because citrus is an easy way to brighten to any salad, soup, or roasted vegetables)
On the tenth day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, cooking while I’m sleeping.
(make low-sodium meal prep easy by letting your rice cooker or slow cooker do the work)
On the eleventh day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, easy tips for dining.
On the twelfth day of Low-So Blissmas my true love gave to me, brining and bread crumbing.
(once you know the high-sodium key words — like brined, cured, or bread-crumbed — it gets easy to eat out, order well, and avoid the salt)