Dr Oz: Flush Out Excess Salt
For those who think getting rid of salt means throwing out flavor, Dr Oz brought in some of the world’s top chefs to show how you can flush out excess salt from your diet but still enjoy delicious food.
From Top Chef, Dr Oz welcomed chef Sam Talbot. Sam said he has type 1 diabetes, so watching his salt intake is crucial. He showed four pictures of what Maria usually eats for breakfast. He explained that one of those breakfasts has a huge amount of salt in it. She had a bagel with cream cheese, a sausage egg and cheese sandwich, a bowl of cereal, and scrambled eggs. So which one was super-high in salt? The breakfast sandwich!
Dr Oz: Healthier Breakfast Idea
Maria likes them because they’re super convenient and tasty and Sam suggested that she instead start her day with an avocado. You can cut an avocado in half and then scoop out a little more to create a bigger hole, and then crack an egg into that hole. You can put the avocado in the oven and bake it and then eat it with fresh chimichurri sauce.
Dr Oz: Healthy Lunch Ideas
To flush out salt from your lunch and snacks, Seamus Mullen explained that he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis so he had to make some changes in his health. For a lunch, he likes to eat a salad, but salt is often hiding in your salad dressing. If you make your own dressing using a vinaigrette, it can be a lot healthier. You can use acids like lemon juice or vinegar for great flavor.
Dr Oz: Healthier Salad Dressing & Snacks
Seamus made his own dressing using yogurt, dill, olive oil, garlic, honey, champagne vinegar, and pepper. For healthier snacks, you can use smoked paprika rather than salt on unsalted nuts or popcorn. Audience members tried the snacks and were surprised by how good they tasted.
Dr Oz: Healthier Low-Sodium Pasta Dishes
Dr Oz then talked to a chef named Candice Kumai who said she woke up one morning with “PSF” or puffy sodium face. To cut out some salt from your dinner, you should pay attention to your sauces and use a homemade pasta sauce. Candice likes to make her own pasta sauce using organic tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, oregano leaves, onion, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and kale.
She explained that Italian brand tomatoes tend to have less salt in them than American tomatoes. The balsamic vinegar adds a lot of flavor without all the salt. To save on salt when it comes to the cheese, try using nutritional yeast rather than Parmesan cheese, and add garlic powder and basil to it.
How do you avoid excess salt in your diet? Are there any low-sodium recipes you really enjoy and love to share?