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Homemade Healthy Kebabs

Healthy Kebabs

This week in food, we gave you recipes for a summertime favorite, healthy kebabs. They’re good for more than grilling, though!

First up was an Olive Kebab that is a quick and easy appetizer for any get together.

Gobble Up Olive Kebabs for Easy Appetizer

 

Cooking these Grilled Salmon Kebabs with lemon really makes sure you get that flavor in every bite.

Grilled Salmon Kebabs

 

These Grilled Pineapple Ham Kebabs are as easy as ordering in that Hawaiian pizza, and much healthier.

Grilled Pineapple Ham Kabobs Recipe

 

Skip fried food on a stick and try something fresh like this Chef Salad on a Stick.

Chef Salad On-a-Stick

Chef Salad: Food on a Stick

 

These Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebabs are the perfect blend of your favorite summer flavors.

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabob
Image and Recipe via Grit

 

Looking for a quick, kid-friendly snack? These Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites are perfect for any age.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
Image and Recipe via Heat Oven to 350

 

Make Low Country Boil Kebabs for a complete, comfort food meal in no time.

Country Boil Kabab

Low Country Boil Kabobs

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Salt and Your Heart

Cutting Back on Salt for Your Heart

Salt’s Effects

You’ve no doubt heard that salt’s bad for you. While the truth is your body needs salt, too much can be very bad for you.

On average, Americans eat  4,000-5,000 mg of salt every day, and your body only needs about 500 mg a day. That’s a big difference. One that can be a big problem if you have high blood pressure.

And it’s not just about what you add to your food. 75% of your sodium intake comes from processed foods. Salt adds flavor and keeps things fresh, so food manufacturers use a lot of it.

A study in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, found a high-salt diet may decrease how well meds used to treat high blood pressure work.

So, if you’re currently taking meds for or have high blood pressure, a low-salt diet could help them work.

Clean Up Your Diet

While you might want to talk to your doctor before you drastically cut back on salt, there are a lot of things you can do yourself to cut back that are good for you no matter what.

  • Stop buying heavily processed foods like corn oil and soda.
  • Shop around the outside edge of the grocery store and you’ll hit all the spots with the freshest foods.
  • Read food labels. Those with fewer and simpler ingredients are best. The longer the list, the more room there is for chemicals, sugar, salt, and oils.
  • Cook more at home. Restaurants, especially chains, use heavily processed foods.
  • Train your tongue. If you are used to salt, sugar, and fat, you’ll need time to appreciate the flavor of natural foods.
  • Add other seasonings and flavors to keep your meals delicious and interesting:
    • Allspice: Look for a low- or no-sodium options for seasoning meats, gravy, and even tomatoes.
    • Almond Extract: Great for puddings, desserts, and fruit.
    • Basil: Sprinkle on some fresh or dried basil to add a kick to fish, lamb, salads, soups, and sauces.
    • Chives: Add a light onion flavor to salads, sauces, sides, and soups.
    • Garlic: Fresh garlic is good for you and very flavorful.
    • Ginger: Try this on chicken and fish.
    • Lemon Juice: Make your lean meats and fish pop.
    • Dry Mustard:  Add to meat, marinades, homemade salad dressings, and veggies.
    • Onion Powder: Good for marinades, meat, and veggies.

Eating a low-sodium diet can be easy and delicious, it just takes a little planning and great recipes. Visit our Pinterest to find all kinds of healthy recipes you can make at home.