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If your loved one is striving to eat a heart-healthy diet, chances are they are cutting back on their sodium intake. If your loved one was accustomed to eating salt, this can be a true challenge. They may feel as though food doesn’t taste as good and that their meals are boring and bland. The week of October 3-10 is celebrated as No Salt Week, a week to encourage people to try eating meals without adding extra salt. Though it may feel as though something is missing, the truth is there are many healthy ways you can flavor your loved one’s food without the use of salt.
During No Salt Week and beyond, consider trying these flavorful alternatives to help in the home care of your loved one to stay on track with their heart-healthy diet.
Lemon and Olive Oil
Steamed vegetables are a nutritious and tasty accompaniment to any meal. However, if your loved one formerly enjoyed dressing them with salt and butter, eating them plain may not seem so appealing. Fortunately, there are many ways to flavor steamed vegetables without using salt and one of them is using lemon juice. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over steamed asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and more to add zesty flavor. For a little something extra, also try drizzling on some olive oil which is a healthier fat than butter.
Dried and Fresh Herbs
Using herbs is a great way to replace salt. Herbs can be used to flavor meats like chicken, fish, and pork, and they can added to side dishes like rice, pasta, and quinoa. Some herbs have strong flavors such as basil, rosemary, and sage and these bold flavors can easily replace salt. When you cook with fresh or dried herbs, your loved one may not even miss the salt!
Spices can make any food taste more bold and less bland. You can experiment with pre-mixed blends or even make your own. Just be sure to check before buying a spice blend that it doesn’t contain salt. Spices like garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, dry mustard, curry powder, and more can kick up the flavor of meats, vegetables, and casseroles, and still be a part of a heart-healthy diet.
Garlic has a strong and powerful flavor that is anything but bland. Add minced garlic to sauces, marinades, stir-fries, casseroles, and more to create a flavorful dish that is heart-healthy, too.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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