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Wednesday, October 26

Sweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette + Sodium Breakup + A Low-So Good Giveaway!

I’m going to start a post about low-sodium eating with a crazy statement: I love salt. No, really. I LOVE SALT. So when I met my friend Jessica Goldman Foung (a.k.a. Sodium Girl) many moons ago, I have to be honest that low-sodium eating was something I had never even thought about. Then I heard Jessica’s story. In 2004 she was diagnosed with Lupus and learned that the autoimmune disease had attacked her kidneys and brain. As a result of all the craziness, she had to adjust her diet, including eating no sodium. This pretty much blew my mind. No sodium? How is that even possible? After following Jessica and her culinary adventures all these years she has proven to me that a life without sodium can be a rich and delicious one indeed. She is quite the inspiration.

Sweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette | Low-So Good | @janemaynard

The American Heart Association recently asked if I would help spread the word about their new Sodium Breakup campaign. I was more than happy to so that people like me (a salt lover who could definitely improve her diet to help her heart) and people like Jessica (someone who had to give up salt to save her life) could both learn all about low-sodium eating. I was honored to be given the opportunity to write the kick-off post for the campaign on AHA’s website, which you can read by clicking here! Over the next few months you can keep checking in with the AHA to get all kinds of great low-sodium information, tips and more. The AHA is bound and determined to make your breakup with sodium a breakup you are happy about!

And I have even more low-sodium goodness for you today: a book, a recipe and a giveaway!

Sweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette | Low-So Good | @janemaynard

First, the book. Low-So Good is a beautiful resource written by my friend Jessica. The book has 70 mouthwatering recipes (hello, Jerk-ish Fish Tacos with Sauce, Slaw and Salsa, I need you in my life), but it is also a complete guide to low-sodium eating. Low-sodium novices and experts alike can benefit from what Jessica has to offer, and I love the guest articles peppered throughout the book from other food experts. The photography is gorgeous, the book is well organized and easy to read, and, best of all, Jessica’s infectiously happy personality shines through. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to cut some (or even all!) sodium from their diet…or really to anyone at all! Click here to buy Jessica’s book!

Sweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette | Low-So Good | @janemaynard

Second, the recipe. A really helpful part of Jessica’s book is advice for eating in restaurants when you’re trying to go low-so. One of my favorite recipes in the entire book is MacGyver Vinaigrette. It’s more of a formula than a recipe, providing the guidance you need to make a salad dressing on the fly with ingredients you can find at restaurants. It’s awesome. So today I’m sharing one of my MacGyver no-sodium vinaigrette creations, which is sweet and zesty! The recipe is below and sized for one serving.

Sweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette | Low-So Good | @janemaynardSweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette | Low-So Good | @janemaynard

Lastly, the giveaway! One of you lucky, randomly-selected people will win a copy of Jessica’s book Low-So Good. Here is how to enter! (All comments must be posted before Midnight PT Wednesday 11/2/16. Prize must be shipped to an address in the U.S.)

And now for a no-sodium salad that will make your taste buds super happy! And good luck with your sodium breakup adventures!

Sweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette | Low-So Good | @janemaynard

Sweet & Zesty MacGyver No-Sodium Vinaigrette
 
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Inspired by "Low-So Good" by Jessica Goldman Foung. If you're trying to eat low-sodium, this on-the-fly dressing can be thrown together at a restaurant! (Or at home. Because it's good no matter where you eat it.)
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice (about 4 lime slices)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Generous pinch black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or in a small mason jar, add all of the ingredients. Whisk with a fork or shake well.
  2. Serve over salad!

 

 

 


9 Comments »

  1. 1
    Allison

    This looks amazing! I would love to try cutting sodium out of my diet.

  2. 2
    Amanda

    So timely! I just cut out salt this past week…

  3. 3
    Amanda

    I follow you on fb!

  4. 4
    Melissa

    I would love to have this book!

  5. 7
    Ezzy

    This would be a wonderful cookbook for us. My parents (as well as the kids) always try to eat low sodium for lowering BP.

  6. 8
    Ezzy

    I would love this book.

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