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Posted March 14, 2016

You have swelling in your legs or high blood pressure and your doctor has told you to limit the amount of salt you eat. This is not the end of the world, although many patients react to this advice like it will be. There are rows and rows of spices in the grocery store that can be used as tasty substitutes and they all can be used as long as they don’t say “salt” on the bottle. Garlic = yes. Garlic salt = no. Here are some combinations of spices you might enjoy mixing up and using. You can find others by searching “Herb Shaker Recipes” on Google. Fortunately, since we live in Texas we like hot and spicy so you can load up on diced jalapenos, Tabasco Pepper Sauce, and Cholula Hot Sauce. A lot of my patients can’t give up putting salt on their watermelon - I can’t help them - they have lived in Texas too long! 

Savory Shaker
6 teaspoons thyme
3 teaspoons sage
6 teaspoons savory
5 teaspoons rosemary
 
Spicy Shaker
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon cumin
 
Zesty Shaker
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon mace
2 teaspoons dry mustard