If you often “crave” salt, than this post is for you!
You already know that the Cabbage Soup Diet is lower in sodium, right? This is because too much salt will lead to water retention, bloating, and therefore, weight gain.
A week without it, and with extra water, fruits, and veggies, and you shed pounds. That’s why the Cabbage Soup Diet is so easy and so successful for most.
After the diet is over, do you go back to salty foods?
You shouldn’t! You’ll just gain that weight right back!
So, here are 5 popular salty snacks AND 5 alternatives that will satisfy your craving in a healthier way!
5 Salty Foods & 5 Healthy Substitutes To Eat Instead
1)Bottled Pasta Sauce
Surprised to see this on the list? Bottle sauce contains high amounts of both salt AND sugar! Instead of a bottle sauce, make your own! Use fresh tomatoes, grab a blender or food processor if you don’t want tomato chunks, and add onions, garlic, basil, oregano, black pepper, and olive oil to taste. Easy, fresh, quick, and inexpensive!
2)Ramen Noodle/Soup Packets
Quick tip: For any soup in a packet, check to make sure there is no salt. With ramen noodles, those orange packet soups, eat the noodles alone and add non-salt spices. The salt lies in the powder and not the noodles themselves. If you want the packet of spices included, only add a sprinkle at a time and taste as you go. You’d be surprised how little you use!
Nuts are an excellent source of protein, they fill you up, and help keep you full all day long. Peanuts, however, and super salty nuts totally ruin the health benefits! Look for unsalted nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, and make your own mixed nuts or trail mix by adding nuts that usually come unsalted and in bulk.
4)Chips and Dip
Instead of salty chips and a fattening cream based dip, make your own salsa or guacamole, and your own healthy tortilla chips with this recipe:
Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Coat a nonstick jelly roll pan with canola cooking spray. Cut corn tortillas into wedges (8 wedges from one tortilla). Brush the tortilla wedges lightly with canola oil. Sprinkle a controlled amount of seasoned salt (1/4 teaspoon adds 450 milligrams sodium) over the top. Bake until crispy — checking them after 15 minutes.
5)Bottled Salad Dressing
This is one of the most popular questions that people have during the Cabbage Soup Diet – “Can I use salad dressing?” and the answer is no. Bottled salad dressing has salt, sugar, and all kinds of unnatural ingredients that allow it to stay fresh on the shelves for extended periods of time. Make your own! Use lemon juice fresh from a lemon and olive oil instead.
If you need to work on your craving for salt and make it disappear for good, check out my review of Enjoying Weight Loss, a medical hypnosis program that will help you get rid of cravings and replace them with desires to eat healthy and feel great!
To your health,