Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pantry Extras

When shopping for extras on your heart-healthy grocery list, watch out for high amounts of salt in condiments and sauces. Even small amounts add up fast. Some choices are listed.
  • Barbeque sauce, low-sodium 
  • Ketchup, reduced sodium
  • Mayonnaise, reduced fat or nonfat
  • Mustards: whole grain, honey, Dijon, yellow
  • Soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • Vinegars: rice, red wine, balsamic, apple cider, raspberry; these make delicious salad dressings
Fats and Cooking Oils:  Cut down on butter in your cooking, instead use healthier oils, like olive and canola. 

Snacks:  Stock your pantry with nuts, dried fruit, and whole wheat products for snacks and meals.

Spices vs. Salt:  Too much salt drives up your blood pressure, instead, add flavor with zesty spices and herbs,

Sweeteners:  Cut down on sugar. It's full of calories that will pack on pounds. Instead, satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier options -- although the less you use of any sweeteners, the better.
  • Brown rice syrup for a sweetening alternative in baking
  • Honey (in moderation)
  • Sugar-free or light maple syrup
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