February 6, 2015

Salt-Free Bacon And Bacon Hacks

Happy Heart Health Month everyone! This February, let’s take the time to take care of ourselves, whether that means exercising more, sleeping in a bit, meditating a few mornings a week, or eating bacon. What? Yeah, I said bacon. SALT-FREE BACON. That you make, on your own, with fresh ingredients and spices. In an hour or so. In your own kitchen. I grew up on bacon. Bacon for breakfast, bacon in sandwiches. Bacon. Bacon. Bacon. I love bacon. But when it comes to heart health, bacon does not often love you back. High in calories, fat, and yes, sodium, bacon often […]

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January 30, 2015

Low-So Boule, Challah, Challah Buns

I love my daughter’s preschool. But there are two stand-out reasons why it has changed my life: 1) they are helping me potty train a toddler and 2) they make fresh challah every Thursday. Not at the same time. As we’ve been discussing all month, bread can seem like a big low-sodium challenge. The store-bought loaves can equal upwards of 200mg per slice. And because we tend to eat a lot of bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, those numbers can really add up. But with many low-sodium products on the shelves and many more creative low-sodium swaps at your fingertips, you now know how […]

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January 26, 2015

Low-So Bread Swaps

If last week’s baked bow-tie pasta blew your mind, just wait until you see the countless other ways to give favorite bready ingredients a low-sodium makeover. From crackers to breadcrumbs to baguettes, I’ve got you covered with creative low-so stand-ins that will stand up to the original. And satisfy anyone, including salt eaters. Because they’re fun and fresh and way more exciting than, well, white bread. Plus, they’re simply easier to make than a loaf, from-scratch. Which is great for those times when you are in a rush or faced with unexpected guests. Or simply not in the mood to bake. Of course, later this […]

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January 16, 2015

Baked Bowtie Pasta Croutons

HAPPY 2015 FRIENDS! If you’ve wondered where I’ve been since December, I’ve been deep in thought (and under a pile of kleenex, colds, and chicken rice porridge). But mostly in thought, reflecting on this little space of Internet where I like to talk about food and the many low-sodium tricks that keep said food bright, bold, and beautiful. Oh, side note, I was also in New York taping a little segment on the DR. OZ SHOW and making Low-Sodium Bloody Marys Dr. Oz himself. So that happened too, and it’s airing this upcoming Monday, so set your DVR or you know stay in bed all day […]

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December 19, 2014

Lots of Latkes

Happy Channannukachhhh! A festival of lights, donuts, and latkes. Crispy, crunchy potato latkes. For those of you, though, on low-potassium diets, this famous pancake can cause a bit of an issue. But fear not as I have several solutions for you. None of which include skipping out on this holiday delicacy. Both which include breaking tradition and starting a new one of your own. Because, well, if you can’t even spell the holiday correctly, then there’s no need to follow any other rules, right? First, there’s the almighty Spaghetti Squash Latke. Packed full of noodle like spaghetti squash strands. Enjoyed with […]

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December 12, 2014

Party Trick: Peppy Chocomallow Bites

Okay, here’s the scene. You have a holiday potluck, party, cookie exchange, FILL IN THE BLANK BAKED GOOD FESTIVITY. And like me, you don’t have a “knack” for baking. Or an oven. Or flour. Or butter. Or time. Or FILL IN THE BLANK REASON FOR NOT BAKING. So what do you do? Showing up empty handed isn’t an option. Nor is buying pre-made treats as most cookies and muffins are filled with baking powder, baking soda, and salt. And really, whose that impressed by a box full or decorated sugar cookies? But do you know what is a solution? Marshmallows covered […]

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December 4, 2014

Sodium Girl’s Holiday Gift Guide

We are officially in the eye of the holiday storm. Party hopping, cookie decorating, and, best of all, PRESENT GIVING! It can get a little overwhelming. But that’s why I’m bringing back the gift guide. Three actually (plus some extras!), full of a few of my favorite things you’d find in my kitchen, my cupboard, and my purse. Because the holidays are the absolute best time to get everything you need for the best and tastiest low-sodium life. And give those you love the tools they need to eat well and be well, too. So let’s get started. And let’s talk about […]

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November 24, 2014

Roasted Lamb Thanksgiving Roundup

Alright friends. Get ready for a roundup of Thanksgiving dishes that is going to be bigger than last year’s 26-pound turkey. Hint: anytime you see anything bolded in orange, that is a link to a recipe or tips. So click away for total Thanksgiving domination. But before we jump into the lentil gravy boat (see how I did that?) and talk stuffing, sides, and other non-traditional dishes, let me say this about this year’s low-sodium holiday feast: break tradition. I give you permission. It’s the easiest way to free yourself from the salty brines and canned soups, and create a whole new […]

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November 13, 2014

Delicata Egg in a Hole

Welcome to squash season. I have a lot of exciting squash inspired makeovers for you. Mostly in latke form. But recently, while playing with my favorite of the winter produce — delicata — I was struck by a genius idea. Delicata Egg in a Hole. Now what’s the low-sodium issue with the classic recipe? Bread. Yes, you can always buy no-salt-added bread or even make your own loaf (using this amazing no-knead recipe, sans salt, from Mark Bittman). But for those times you cannot find low-so bread in your store or you don’t have the time to get covered in flour, […]

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November 12, 2014

Way to Well Tour: Part Two

So I did it. Sunday morning I stepped onto a really adorable blue and red bus. I met a bunch of friendly RDs and phlebotomists and pharmacists. I walked through a line of (painless! free!) tests. And I took my health into my own two hands by taking a moment to check in with my body and make sure all my numbers (blood pressure, blood/glucose level, and body mass index) were all in tip top shape. I also found out that my “health age” was a spry 18. And if that doesn’t make a mom of a two-year-old who sometimes eats skittles for […]

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