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RECIPE! Polynesian Pork Kebabs

August 3, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: bbq, low sodium, pork, summer

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RECIPE! Polynesian Pork Kebabs

These colourful kebabs are perfect for casual entertaining or for a special family meal.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

Eight 8-inch (20 cm) wooden skewers1/4 cup (50 ml) sodium-reduced soya sauce2 Tbsp (25 ml) lemon juice2 Tbsp (25 ml) liquid honey or brown sugar + MORE

Flavour with less salt (Part 2)

August 2, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: food choices, low sodium

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Flavour with less salt (Part 2)

In Part 1 of Flavour with Less Salt I wrote about the role of salt in enhancing the flavour of food. In today's blog I would like to share some tips that I use at home to keep our food flavourful with less salt.

Soups:

Since water dilutes flavour, I add less water and more veggies to my soups. When I make a carrot or squash soup, I add just enough water or broth to cover the veggies. When I purée it all the soup is thick and full of flavour.Soups always taste better the next day, once the flavours have mingled, so I try to make enough for several days. + MORE

Flavour with less salt (Part 1)

July 28, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: flavours, food choices, low sodium

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Flavour with less salt (Part 1)

When people are asked what factors influence their food choices, ‘taste’ is always among the top three responses. People like food that tastes good - this statement seems so obvious that I feel a bit silly mentioning it. What is less apparent is that when people talk about taste, they are really referring to flavour.

Humans are only able to detect five tastes - sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savoury (umami). In contrast, we are able to detect hundreds of different smells. Flavour is the combination of taste, smell and other physical sensations in the mouth. Salt is added to all kinds of prepared foods to improve their flavour. + MORE

Low Sodium Snacking for Kids!

July 26, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: children, low sodium, snacks

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Low Sodium Snacking for Kids!

If you grew up in the 1970’s, like me, you might recall the chorus of the 1969 hit by the pop-rock group ‘Steam.’  I would like to believe that the “na, na… goodbye” was an early, and subtle, reference to lowering sodium intake (whose chemical name is abbreviated ‘Na+’). But this was obviously not the case.

When I was young, my mother would get stuck on long phone calls with my verbally exuberant grandmother. These phone calls regularly ran over into my snack time. Given that the 1970s phone cord confined my mother to a 4-foot radius from the wall, + MORE

RECIPE! Hummus with Tahini

July 22, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: chickpeas, low sodium, snacks

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RECIPE! Hummus with Tahini

Hummus is a tasty and healthy option to have any day of the week as a nutritious snack, spread, or dressing for a side dish. You might want to try and serve it at your next party.

Ingredients:

1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chick peas, drained and rinsed2 green onions2-4 large cloves of garlic1/4 cup (50 mL) each lemon juice and tahini1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground cumin and salt.Freshly ground black pepper to taste1/2 cup (125 mL) lower-fat plain yogurtchopped onion, tomato, parsley + MORE

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