It’s the little things like swapping out salt for Engage Organics salt-free herbs and spices in your diet that make you instantly healtheir.

 

Don’t wait until high blood pressure strikes to limit your sodium intake to 1500 mg/day, which is less thant 3/4 tsp per day.

 

Obviously, 3/4 teaspoon doesn’t sound like much salt, but the havoc it wrecks on your blood pressure is great. Unfortunately, most Americans consumer twice the recommended allowance of sodium, which comes primarily from pre-packaged foods and eating out in restaurants.

 

Remember, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to control your sodium levels if you do not prepare foods at home. Salt is cheap and makes things taste good. Restaurants and food manufacturers are notorious for shaking salt into everything for better flavor and cost control.

 

So try these swaps to jump-start your regime for a healthier you.

 

Swap out salt for herbs and spices: Engage Organics Original All-Purpose won’t make you miss salt. It spikes flavor into everything you sprinkle it into. (I make chicken soup yesterday and forgot that we are testing new caps on my spice jars. So, out of habit I removed the cap and began sprinkling the Original All-Purpose into my soup, forgetting that I removed the shaker fitment on my jar because the new cap has one built into it. I lost almost half a jar of the All-Purpose into the soup. Let me tell you–that was the best chicken soup I have ever made! What a difference it made in flavor. Funny how mistakes can turn into miracles.)

 

Swap Refined Grains for Whole Grains: White bread and sugary sweets are as lethal for your arteries as butter. Swap them out for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, oatmeal, millet, wild rice and other whole grains where the fiber and B vitamins and minerals are still intact.

Swap Butter for Olive Oil: Choose unsaturated fat ( olive oil or canola oil) over butter or margarine. Olive oil has only 2 grams of saturated fat in a tablespoon versus 7 grams for butter. Olive oil is tasty and heart healthy. You won’t miss butter.

Swap Full-fat Dairy for Low-fat Dairy: Choosing the lower fat dairy versions allows you to get the calcium benefits of dairy, but without the saturated fat that boosts the risk of heart disease. You won’t be able to tell the difference in taste, but your arteries will benefit from the difference.

Swap out Beef for the Omegas 3’s in Fish: Instead of always opting for steak, swap for a piece of salmon once in awhile. You will save about 8 grams of saturated fat with this swap and get the health benefits of omega 3’s in the trade. Salmon seasoned with garlic gives an added health boost. Try Engage Organics Garlicsaltless for out of this world flavor next time you grill salmon.