RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—With most of us focused on our upcoming Labor Day weekend plans, you probably missed out on yesterday's less familiar holiday, More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, which affects one out of every three adults, according to the American Heart Association, and with the astonishingly high levels of salt in restaurant meals and processed foods, it's important to fix low-sodium meals at home whenever possible.
A great way to do that is by cooking with herbs—they're perfect salt substitutes because they add so much flavor. But if your only experience with herbs has been the parsley garnish on your restaurant steak, or turning basil into pesto, don't worry. Just follow our guide and you'll be cooking with herbs before you know it.
Swap herbs for table salt.
Keep an herb mix handy to toss onto your food as a table salt sub. "In my experience, dried herb mixes are most successful as salt substitutes when used as a sprinkle on baked potatoes or other things most people might sprinkle with salt," says Leah Nichols, director of Rodale's Dining Services. Mix dried onion powder or garlic powder with dried basil, parsley, thyme, and dill, she says, with a little cayenne powder to give it some kick.