Less Salt For Healthier Meals

Less Salt For Healthier Meals

Indian cuisines are known for their rich flavours, thanks to their unique blend of spices and flavourings used for different types of food preparations. However, many of the seasonings and accompaniments used contain high amounts of salt.

That’s not to say that salt is bad for us. Salt contains sodium, which is needed in small amounts by our body to maintain healthy muscles (which include our heart), nerves and blood pressure. It is only when we eat excessive amounts of salt that we put ourselves at greater risk of getting high blood pressure and related problems such as heart diseases.

Fortunately, we can reduce the amount of salt in our favourite foods, and still enjoy the rich flavours that we love.

  1. Here are a few easy tips to reduce salt in our meals: Less is more. When preparing meals, use less salt, sauces (such as soy sauce, oyster sauce, tomato sauce) and other flavour enhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and stock cubes.

  2. Go natural. Enhance the flavour of your dishes with lemon or spices (such as garlic,pepper and curry powder) instead of salt.

  3. Fresh foods are better. Processed foods  contain higher amounts of salt compared to fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

  4. Eat less salty foods. Foods such as fast food, namkeens, salted chips etc should be eaten in moderation. Preserved canned foods like beans, can be soaked in water before cooking to reduce their salt content.

  5. Read food labels. Use the Nutrition Information labels on food packages to choose foods with low sodium or salt content.

  6. Go less salt when eating out. Ask for your dishes to be prepared with less salt.

Following are some low salt recipes:

GARLIC BEANS WITH SPROUTS
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  • Preparation TimePreparation Time :10 Mins
  • Preparation TimeCooking Time :20 Mins
  • Preparation TimeServes : 4

Ingredients  



French Beans 300g

Beans sprouts (Kidney Beans, Cow Pea) 100g

Garlic (chopped) 2 tbsps

MAGGI MAGIC CUBES - Vegetarian Masala 2 cubes

MAGGI MAGIC CUBES - Vegetarian Masala  

Oil 2 tbsps

White pepper powder ½ tsp

Method



1. Slice Beans into long pieces (If tender and small, leave as it is). Clean Sprouts well in water and drain.

2. Heat oil in a kadai, add the chopped garlic and stir-fry.

3. Add the beans and sauté till lightly cooked. Add the crushed MAGGI MAGIC CUBES and mix well. Sauté till beans are cooked but still crunchy.

4. Stir in the sprouts and cook for another minute. Add the pepper powder and remove from fire.

5. Serve hot.




MELON MEDLEY
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  • Preparation TimePreparation Time :10 Mins
  • Preparation TimeCooking Time :20 Mins
  • Preparation TimeServes : 6

Ingredients  



Honeydew melon, peeled and cubed 100g

Cantaloupe, peeled and cubed 100g

Apple 100g

Papaya, peeled and cubed 100g

Paneer 100g

Capsicum 1(50 g)

MAGGI HOT & SWEET TOMATO CHILLI SAUCE 4 tbsp

MAGGI HOT AND SWEET TOMATO CHILLI SAUCE  

Flax seeds 2 tbsp (5 g)

Pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp (5 g)

Mint Leaves, chopped 2 tbsp

Lime juice 2 tbsp

Ginger, chopped 1 tbsp

Method



1.
Mix together melon, cantaloupe, apple, papaya, capsicum and paneer pieces in a bowl and keep in the fridge till used.

2. Mix together the MAGGI HOT & SWEET TOMATO CHILLI SAUCE, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, mint leaves, lime juice and ginger. Beat well.

3. Pour this over the melon mixture and mix well. Serve chilled.

4. Stir in the sprouts and cook for another minute. Add the pepper powder and remove from fire.

5. Serve hot.

NOTE: Do not add the dressing and keep for long as water leeches out from fruits and the salad becomes too watery.

Salt is necessary for our bodies, but in moderation. Reducing the use of table salt and adding less salt to our meals is a positive step towards maintaining a healthy body.