One of the strict nutrition standards of a healthy ¡Por Vida! meal is that it is lower in sodium.
According to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, your daily sodium intake should be less than 1500 mg if you are African American, 51 years or older, or if you have hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, or chronic kidney disease. For all others, less than 2300 mg of sodium a day is recommended. That is about a teaspoon of salt a day.
If you are trying to cook a healthy low sodium ¡Por Vida! meal at home, it does not have to lack flavor. There are many ways to spruce up your dish by adding spices and herbs. Some combinations that pair really well together include:
- Poultry – garlic, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, basil
- Beef – bay leaf, chives, cumin, garlic, hot pepper, marjoram, rosemary
- Pork – coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, pepper, sage, thyme
- Fish – dill, fennel, tarragon, garlic, parsley, thyme
- Fruit – cinnamon, ginger, mint, anise
- Vegetables – basil, chives, dill, tarragon, marjoram, mint, parsley, thyme
- Eggs – basil, dill, parsley
- Tomato sauce – basil, bay leaf, oregano, marjoram, parsley
For more information on the ¡Por Vida! program, please visit porvidasa.com.