October 28, 2011

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Sunkist® S’alternative Sodium Quiz

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What’s your sodium style?
Did you know that mMost food includes “hidden salts” that can be dangerous to your health. Scarey!  How much sodium are you consuming on a daily basis? Take the Sunkist Sodium Quiz from Sunkist on Facebook to find out where you fall on the sodium scale. Whether it turns out you’re a Serial Salt Offender or a Sodium Smarty, you’ll learn new tips on how to use Sunkist® lemons as a healthy sodium-free alternative to salt.

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The Sunkist Sodium Quiz not only tells you  where you  fall on the sodium scale, but you can invite your friends to take the quiz too!   Knowledge is power, so share with your friends so they know where they fall on the sodium scale on their  daily food choices. Visit the Sunkist Facebook page October 6 – October 31 and take the Sodium Style quiz.  I took the quiz and I am a Sodium Smarty!

In addition to being fun, the quiz will help you and your friends  be more salt savvy by teaching you about Sunkist S’alternative a healthy way to reduce sodium, increase potassium and enhance the flavor of food by using Sunkist® lemons as an alternative to salt.

Sunkist S’alternative is using fresh-squeezed Sunkist® lemons as a healthy sodium-free alternative to salt. Using Sunkist lemons as an alternative to salt can help reduce sodium, increase potassium and enhance the flavor of recipes.

Check out this fun recipe:

Sunkist® Lemon Seafood Paella -

Ingredients: (Makes 8 servings)
*1- 32 oz can low sodium vegetable broth
*1 cup dry white wine
*1 teaspoon saffron threads
*1lb. of firm, fresh pieces of whitefish such as tilapia, bass, halibut and swordfish, cut into 16-21 pieces
*1lb. or 16-21 mussels, cleaned and de-bearded
*1lb. or 16-21 medium sized clams, rinsed
*cup chopped fresh parsley
*3 Sunkist® lemons, zest and juice
*3 Tbsp. olive oil
*1 _ cups minced onion
*3 cloves garlic, minced
*teaspoon crushed red pepper
*3 cups uncooked short-grain rice such as Valencian, Arborio, or Calrose
*1 cup frozen green peas
*1- 8oz jar of sliced, roasted red peppers

• To prepare broth, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

• To prepare paella, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish pieces to pan and sauté 1 minute. Remove fish from pan, reserve and keep warm. Add onion to pan and sauté 5 minutes. Add the lemon zest, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook 5 minutes. Add rice and cook 1 minute longer, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, bring to a low boil and cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

• Stir in the peas and red pepper slices. Add mussels and clams to pan, nestling them into rice mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until shells open; discard any unopened shells. Stir in the reserved fish and chopped parsley and cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in lemon juice and check for seasoning. Cover with a towel and let stand 10 minutes before stirring


I am not a fan of all the sodium and salt content in foods, so I was super excited to hear about the Sunkist S'alternative.  Some helpful tips, I plan on using to help reduce my sodium consumption!:

  • Plan meals carefully. If a high sodium food is selected, choose your other menu items from lower sodium groups.
  • Read labels of packaged or prepared food products for the sodium content. Look for items “without added salt.”
  • Skip the salt in all cooking and food preparation and instead serve extra Sunkist lemon wedges and herb mixtures for individual seasoning.
  • Check the sodium content of the drinking water in your area with your local Health Department. If you are on a lower sodium restricted diet, do not drink the water if it has been treated with a water-softening agent.
  • When eating away from home, order fresh turkey or chicken versus processed meats.
  • Avoid turkey rolls and other pre-cooked poultry and deli meats which contain a much higher sodium content than freshly cooked poultry.
  • As you reduce your sodium intake, your taste buds will adjust, allowing you to enjoy the true flavors of food that salt often masks.

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