Happy almost New Year! Have you guys started considering New Year resolutions yet? I have ten million. Become a dietitian, save money, blog more, try kick boxing, save more money, become more conscious of sodium, spend more time on myself. Should I continue?
In all seriousness, I have never followed resolutions because I strive every day to be my best self whether that is to eat well or work hard– I try. But, I respect and understand resolutions. I see the importance. A huge tip that I can give you as you decide on your resolution is to make it achievable AKA realistic and detailed. Loosing 20 pounds is a horrible resolution- sorry. Instead think of ways that you can start working towards a healthier body. And why do you want to have a better body, is it to look better, for health purposes? Set your priorities straight.
A great specific resolution is to cut back on sodium and sodium-packed process foods. Sodium causes bloating, weight gain and water retention. And most process foods contain way way too much. Cooking from scratch often helps with sodium control, but we still keep table salt around- and pour it on our dishes (even home cooked ones) to increase flavor.
Now What? Herbs and spices are a great way to reduce sodium as they are packed with flavors. But sometimes you just need some good ol’ fashioned salt. So I tried this awesome brand called Salt for Life which is a table salt alternative that is 75% lower in sodium compared to regular table salt.
Salt for Life is a sea salt + potassium blend and I swear you won’t even miss regular salt. Plus you get an extra boost of potassium in this (hello electrolytes!) FYI: if you are a gatorade drinker- stop it, it’s junk! Mix water with lemon and lime juice with Salt for Life and a little honey. boom.
Okay so let’s talk about these cookies! I am obsessed with this salt for table salt so I decided to take it one step further and see how it works with baking. I love salted caramels but god knows how much sodium is in that! So I tried these “Low Sodium Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies”
- 1.5 cups gluten free or all purpose flour
- .5 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 tsp Salt for Life table salt
- .75 cups grade B maple syrup
- .5 cup organic unsalted butter or ghee
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 6 unwrapped Werther's soft caramels (because I cheat sometimes)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
- Beat maple syrup, warmed butter, and white sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy.
- Beat eggs, 1 at a time, into butter mixture until blended; beat in vanilla extract. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until dough is just combined; fold in chocolate chips.
- Divide dough into twenty 2 tablespoon-size balls; arrange on a baking sheet. Press 1/4 caramel piece into each dough ball
- Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.