When it comes to healthy eating, do you know who’s the boss?
This little package of high energy and healthy eating advice knows the ins and outs of the foods we love to eat. And in her new series, “What the Heck,” made in partnership with Everyday Health, she’s exposing the good, the bad, and the better choices. From fro yo to hot dogs.
While her videos are not salt-intake specific, you’ll be surprised how often sodium makes an appearance. And how much of it ends up in processed foods. Plus, it never hurts to brush up on other dietary info. It makes for great cocktail conversation.
As for my favorites, I love her Healthy Chinese Food episode in which she gives a little history lesson on everything from beef and broccoli to orange beef, as well the hard to swallow truth about the ingredients — a single takeout dinner able to add up to more sodium than your body needs in TWO FULL DAYS. Yikers.
Now that Joy’s schooled us on what to avoid, let me show you what we can go Kung Pao crazy about.
Inspired by Joy’s amazing video, I made my own low-sodium (and low budget) movie on how to make a Low-Sodium Lo Mein that will have any Chinese food connoisseurs asking for seconds.
The trick to making this dish super healthy is replacing half of the noodles with zucchini ribbons as well as replacing that high sodium soy sauce with my favorite salt-free substitute: umami sauce (recipe at the end of this awesome post).
So the next time you are craving your favorite comfort foods, I highly recommend checking out Joy’s videos for some enlightening entertainment as well as inspiration for at-home healthy makeovers.
And remember, whether you’re talking Chinese or hot sauce, it’s easy to cut down (or even remove) the uber overload of sodium, sugar, calories, and carbohydrates. Just get to your stove, get creative, and get cooking.
And chow on.
LOW-SODIUM UMAMI SAUCE
- 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 of salt-free garlic powder
- sprinkle of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
- 3/4 cup water
- optional: 2 teaspoons plum jam or orange marmalade
In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients with a whisk until well combined.