5 Spices To Use Instead Of Salt

Sprinkling a little salt on your meals can certainly make them taste better, but using this seasoning too frequently isn’t so great for your health. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, too much salt in your diet can result in increased risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. Don’t worry though – this doesn’t mean you have to settle for bland tasting food. Here are five healthier spices you can use while enrolled in a culinary academy:

1. Oregano
Oregano has a strong flavor and can be used to season a variety of different foods including burgers, pesto sauce, pizza and beans. This woodsy spice can also make your chicken taste much better. The Kitchn recommends whisking minced oregano into the marinade you use for your chicken.

2. Thyme
Particularly popular in French and Italian cooking, thyme has a slightly sweet and powerful flavor. Whether you use it in a fresh or dry form, this spice can add delicious flavor to beef, poultry, potatoes and soups. Thyme can also be paired with other Mediterranean spices like marjoram and oregano.

3. Allspice
Derived from the Pimenta dioica plant, allspice tastes like a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. This spice is popular in the Middle East and Caribbean and can make your dishes much more appetizing. NoshOnIt suggests adding a pinch of allspice to your homemade barbecue sauce – it will intensify the sauce’s sweet and spicy flavor.

4. Cayenne
If you’re not afraid of a little heat, consider substituting salt with cayenne. This spice is often used in Spanish, Indian and Mexican dishes, and provides a hot and peppery taste you will not forget. Cayenne is great to add to scrambled eggs, asit will give them that extra burst of flavor. In a mixing bowl, combine two eggs, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and throw the mixture into a skillet.

5. Ginger
Producing both a sweet and hot flavor, ginger goes great with a number of different Thai, Indian and Chinese dishes, including hot and sour soup and stir fry. According to Fine Cooking, ginger can also be combined with maple syrup to make a glaze for meats and vegetables. If you want this spice to be less pungent, choose the freshest ginger available, which can be found in Asian supermarkets.

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