August 29, 2013

National More Herbs, Less Salt Day

“I grow my own vegetables and herbs. I like being able to tell people that the lunch I’m serving started out as a seed in my yard.” - Curtis Stone

It's National More Herbs, Less Salt Day!

Growing up my family did a really good job at trying to eat dinner together every night. And while you would find an industrial sized container of black pepper on our table, you would never, ever find any salt. We weren't salt people. When my parents cooked they used it sparingly if at all. I think the only time we ever used salt was when we would go to the pier at Old Orchard Beach (think of a much, much smaller Santa Monica pier). My dad and sister would splurge and get a box of french fries that they'd drown in salt and vinegar. Other than that? We were herb and spice folk!

Eating too much salt can be bad news. Not only does it cause dehydration and swelling, it can also lead to hypertension (read: high blood pressure) which means an increased risk of stroke, oestoporsis, and cause serious kidney issues. If that's not enough to make you reach for the oregano, basil, parsley, or rosemary, I don't know what is! If you do need that "salty" flavor, why not try kelp powder or seaweed? Seriously!

Get out and enjoy the sunshine, and hit up your local farmers' market to see what beautiful array of herbs they've no doubt got available right now!

Happy National More Herbs, Less Salt Day!

(This year we're growing basil, lavender, oregano, sage, and rosemary with plans to dry them in our kitchen at the end of the season.)