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Our Favorite Low-Sodium Recipes

By Paige Schilt, January 30, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt

There are lots of great reasons to limit your sodium intake, but the heart of the matter is heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “research shows a dose-dependent relationship between consuming too much salt and elevated blood pressure.”

The American Heart Association recommends that American consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day — that’s between 1/2 and 3/4 teaspoons of salt. You may think that’s no big deal — after all, few of us actually add that much salt at the table. But the real challenge is avoiding salt in restaurant meals and processed foods. Sometimes foods that don’t even taste all that salty can be hidden sources of sodium.

Avoiding traditional processed foods — including high-sodium canned soups, breads, lunch meats, frozen dinners and pizzas — is one way to be sodium savvy.

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Valentine’s Day Essentials: Fair Trade Chocolates

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, January 29, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Your chocolate choices matter! When you buy fair trade chocolates, you’re helping to create economic opportunity in the developing world, support community projects and make a difference in the lives of farmers and producers. How? Because fair trade certification:

  • Ensures fair wages for farmers, workers and producers
  • Provides resources for social, economic and community development projects
  • Is third-party verified...
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Make the Most of Seasonal Citrus

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, January 28, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Just when the gray days seem to outnumber the bright ones, Mother Nature brings sunshine back in the form of citrus. Tangerines, grapefruits, mandarins, limes and Meyer lemons are just the start, and delicious recipe options are nearly endless. So take advantage of these peak season picks!

5 Uses for Seasonal Citrus

  1. Zest it. Add zing to baked goods, stir-fries or stews. Or make...
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Bring On The Beans

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, January 27, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Cooking beans at home is a simple way to save money and provide the base for many healthy meals — plus it requires little effort!

Beans are easy to keep on hand in the fridge or freezer, so you can quickly put together everything from basic beans and rice (seasoned differently in different cultures) to soups, salads, dips and spreads.

Beans deliver flavor, fiber and protein. Plus, they're satisfying and super affordable. If...

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Cheese-y Game Day Grub

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, January 27, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

I was unfamiliar with queso when I moved to Austin, Texas, and upon first glance, I mistook this Tex-Mex favorite for simply a bowl of melted cheese. But this thick, rich, delightfully gooey cheese dip (or sauce) with chilis is so much more. Add-ins like diced tomatoes, green onions, pico de gallo, black beans, chorizo, ground beef, caramelized onions and guacamole or avocado means you can personalize it — easily!

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