8 Natural Salt Substitutes for When the Salty Craving Hits

If your taste buds constantly crave salty foods, you're not alone. Salt is a wonderful ingredient to help bring out the flavors of many foods. It helps by making bland and boring meals delicious and exciting. Salt is also a key ingredient in all baking recipes. However, if you're following a healthy diet or suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease and you are required to watch your sodium intake, it turns out there are many table salt alternatives that taste just as good. Check out these creative, natural salt substitutes that will enhance the flavor just as much as salt.

1. Homemade Seasoning Blend

When you want to kick the habit and go completely salt-free, try making a homemade seasoning blend. Every pantry has an endless amount of dried herbs and spices that make great salt alternatives. You could even fresh herbs, but dried herbs and spices will last longer. Get creative and see what you can come up with. Maybe you want to go for an Italian blend by mixing together garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, and basil. If you need some inspiration check out these recipes to get you started.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice adds tart, but bright flavors to many dishes. It's fresh and an easy salt alternative. Add a squeeze of lemon juice instead of regular salt to grilled veggies, chicken, fish, etc.

3. Citrus Juice and Zest

Don't limit fresh citrus to just lemons. Orange, lime and grapefruit juices can also add a nice flavor and will help you if you are following a low sodium diet. Try using the zest of the fruit as well. It's packed with flavor and color.

4. Chili Peppers

Following a sodium-free diet doesn't have to be bland at all. Add some heat instead of reaching for the sea salt and try incorporating your favorite chili peppers. From mild to super spicy, you'll find a pepper that suits your tastes.

5. Infused Oil

Infusing olive oil with fresh herbs and spices make a flavorful salt substitute. The addition of herbs and spices to the olive oil will give more of a complex flavor to any dish. Check out some of these recipes to get you started.

6. Vinegar

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I think we can all agree that vinegar is a magical ingredient. From being used in household cleaners to the main ingredient in salad dressings and marinades, vinegar can do it all.

Add salt alternative to the list of things vinegar can do. Drizzling some vinegar over a dish rather than using regular salt or sea salt can really liven up a dish. Plain white vinegar is great, but why not try out some other vinegars like champagne, balsamic, or rice.

7. Morton Salt Substitute

If you're on a doctor recommended sodium-free diet and you want a quick option that's available at the grocery store, try out this salt substitute from Morton.

8. Nu-Salt

Another sodium-free product that'll give your taste buds a salty taste is Nu-Salt. It's a great salt substitute that doesn't contain any sodium, so there's no need to worry. Find it at the grocery store or buy it online.

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