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Our Best Clean-Eating Tips #2: Eat Less Sodium

By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., February 22, 2016 - 10:54am

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Americans typically eat 1.5 times the recommended sodium limit of 2,300 mg. According to new research, the average restaurant meal at a full-service restaurant delivered more than 3,500 mg of sodium (yikes!). That’s why cooking healthier meals at home is key to limiting your salt intake. You can boost flavor without reaching for the salt shaker (or at least use less salt) by using herbs and spices and adding vinegar or citrus to foods. Try a squeeze of lemon on fish or chicken, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil over salad, or dried herbs like oregano and rosemary in soups. And choose fresh fruit and vegetables or unsalted nuts to snack on, rather than packaged salty snacks.

Recipe to Try: Salmon with Toasted Israeli Couscous

Related Video: Easy Ways to Limit Sodium in Your Diet

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Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa Valente is EatingWell’s digital nutrition & news editor. She is a Registered Dietitian and completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University. She loves tasting all the recipes from the Test Kitchen and geeking out over nutrition science. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @LisaDValente

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