Reduced vs. Low Sodium – Is there a difference?

Salt_MP900400592.JPGWe recently posted a recipe on Healthier Mashed Potatoes. The recipe includes “low-sodium chicken broth.” Though, when we first created the recipe, we included “reduced-sodium chicken broth.”

Big deal, right? But the Nutrition Label Guidelines clarify these differently:

Reduced-Sodium: means the food has to have at least 25% less sodium than the standard version. A one cup serving of Swanson’s Chicken Broth has 860mg sodium, so a reduced-sodium version could have up to as much as 645 mg sodium! Not the best choice.

Low-sodium: means that the food has less than 140mg sodium per serving. So a one cup serving should be 140mg or lower – a much healthier choice!

We get tricked by this one frequently….and always have to remember to go back and look at the facts panel to see how much sodium is in a serving!

Just one more experience to pass along, enjoy!

The Super Simple Portion Bowl Guide

Portion Bowl Guide_Chicken Cilantro Rice Bowl

Controlling your portions is a killer way to stick to a healthy eating plan. But how can you quickly measure out your portions? We won’t sugar coat it, it takes some dedication and planning when preparing meals. But don’t worry, if you’re looking for a solution to speed up the process, there are lots of new portion controlling bowls, plates, and cups with that have measurements built into them. Here’s an example: Measure Up Bowls

To spark some inspiration, we created a super simple portion bowl guide. This recipe is delicious, and if you have a portion bowl at your disposal, layering your meal is a snap. If you give it a whirl, let us know what you think. Enjoy!

March Madness: The Veggie Bracket (part 2)

Since I’m a pathetic vegetable eater, I decided to bring a little fun to the process. So last week, I rolled out my Veggie Bracket (part 1). With the “Color Me Bad” and “Get Your Leaf On” regions complete, here’s how things look so far:

Veggie Bracket_side one

Time to dive into the next region; “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Broccoli vs. Green Beans: Thanks to the fact that green beans smell like a burning dumpster, this was a pretty easy call. Broccoli is also considered a super food, so it ranks higher on taste, nutritional value, and perhaps most importantly, smell. Broccoli wins in a landslide.

Asparagus vs. Cucumber: This was neck and neck. Both are crisp, refreshing, and have that “snap” factor that I love. I’ve always been a fan of cucumbers on sandwiches, but a cucumber on its own doesn’t match the flavor of asparagus. Tough call, but asparagus takes the battle.

Broccoli vs. Asparagus: The “It’s not Easy Being Green” region is by far the most competitive region in my bracket, and it showed with this bout. Both are delicious, easy to prepare, and loaded with nutrition. But according to most nutritionists, broccoli is the healthier of the two. Since flavor and texture are a wash, broccoli takes the region.

Veggie Bracket_Not easy being green

Last region, a bunch of vegetables that don’t belong in any category, the “Veggie Nomad” region. 

Cauliflower vs. Squash: Pretty lame battle here. Cauliflower is essentially broccoli’s loser cousin, and squash tastes like nothing. I’ll be honest, I hated both, but since cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family (aka, super veggies), I knew it was better for me. Cauliflower wins by healthy default.

Peas vs. Corn: Is corn even a vegetable? I grew up thinking it was, but I also thought Jurassic Park was a documentary, so my childhood judgement was a little flawed. Luckily, it’s a moot point, because I opted for sugar snap peas, which are absolutely delicious. This fight was over before it started, peas for sure.

Cauliflower vs. Peas: Lets see, I can choose cauliflower which tastes like a wooden piece of broccoli, or peas, which are scrumptious…hmm, I think I’ll take the peas. It’s embarrassing that cauliflower was even in this match-up. Peas wins the “Veggie Nomad” region.

Veggie Bracket_Veggie Nomads

That leaves me with a final four of carrots, romaine lettuce, broccoli, and peas. It’s safe to say that these were the #1 seeds of the bracket. In keeping with the March Madness theme, I’ll post the champ later this week! In the meantime, feel free to weigh in if you think I’ve lost my mind with my picks! And of course, check out the first post and download your own veggie bracket.

Related Post: Veggie Bracket: The Final Countdown