We as Americans are guilty of consuming way too much salt on a daily basis. Unfortunately, that is because it is extremely easy to do. Sodium is a hidden ingredient in almost everything, from your favorite sodas and soups to your breads and lunch meats. My last pregnancy ended a few months earlier than it should, due to Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a serious pregnancy complication that is characterized by high blood pressure, and the chances of developing it again in subsequent pregnancies is like rolling dice. Therefore, I am taking as many precautions as I can to help to prevent any serious complications this time around. What I eat is one of the few factors that I can control. In order to try and keep my blood pressure down, I’ve cut my sodium intake drastically.
I am very much a fan of salty foods, so cutting sodium out of my diet has not been easy for me to do. Food is just so plain and boring without it! My husband, the former sous chef, has tons of food flavoring tricks up his sleeve. One of his favorites is using lemon. Using lemon in a recipe can actually reduce sodium in meals by up to 75%. It’s actually very easy to use the zest and juice of a Sunkist lemon as a S’alternative. The above infographic actually teaches you how to replace the salt in some of the more common things you may cook. We have been using lemon to flavor our pasta, rice, pork and even roasted chicken. Most recently, we used Sunkist lemons as a S’alternative in a delicious Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken recipe.
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
- 1 lb Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon Dry Oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 cup chicken stock
- ¼ cup water
- Turn crock pot on high.
- Trim the fat off of the chicken thighs and coat thighs with oregano and black pepper.
- Heat butter in skillet on medium high, brown the chicken thighs on each side for approx. 3-5min on each side.
- Pour the chicken thighs and butter into crock pot.
- In the same skillet, heat the garlic, lemon juice, chicken stock and water until boiling. Pour mixture into crock pot.
- Cook for 3 hours on high, 5 hours on low.
- Serve with noodles, rice, quinoa, orzo or something similar.
Visit the Sunkist website, where you can learn all about how Sunkist lemons can help you to cut the sodium from your diet. You can also check out great low sodium recipes and see information on sodium and sodium alternatives.
What is your favorite Sunkist S’alternative recipe?