Kick the cans
Switch from regular canned vegetables to frozen or fresh -- or reduced-sodium canned varieties.
If you love garlic salt, try sprinkling garlic powder instead.
Replace regular salt with a substitute such as Morton Lite Salt. It cuts sodium by 40 percent and replaces much of it with potassium.
Many restaurants add salt when finishing your order. Next time, ask the waiter to hold the salt.
Sub your dressing
By pouring dressing over your salad, you're probably adding hundreds of milligrams of extra sodium. Instead, drizzle balsamic vinegar, olive oil, ground black pepper and just a touch of your favorite dressing to save big.
Easy on the cheesy
Though it's a good source of calcium, cheese can really pile on the sodium. Try replacing it a few times each week with avocado slices on your sandwich or in your salad to add the creaminess and flavor back in.
Check soup labels
One can of soup could put your daily salt intake way over the limit. Read the labels at the store and look for healthier, reduced-sodium choices. Add flavor with a touch of parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper and a few drops of red wine vinegar.
Ditch the drive-thru
Fast food is ridiculously high in sodium. Mix things up by bringing your own lunch to work. Try homemade pasta salad with grilled chicken and fresh vegetables.
Go natural at the deli
That 4 ounces of deli meat in your sandwich contains more than two-thirds of your daily sodium limit. Read the label and look for lower-sodium, natural versions such as Boar's Head.
Be cautious of rice
Rice mixes -- even whole-grain varieties -- contain high amounts of sodium. Flavor your own rice pilaf with garlic powder, dried parsley, onion flakes and low-sodium chicken broth.
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