Lose the Salt
Even if you buy a simple can of sliced carrots at the store, you are getting more than just carrots. You’re probably also getting preservatives and one of the biggest additives in food processing—salt. I know some of us get excited sometimes when we find a food that has few or no calories, like canned olives or pickles, but you can’t forget to look at that sodium content per serving. Sodium is directly linked to a number of health issues, including high blood pressure and heart disease. It also can cause water retention that makes you bloated and uncomfortable. (Ironically drinking water can come to the rescue here. It will encourage your cells to release sodium that is causing the bloat.) A great rule of thumb is if the milligrams of sodium per serving is greater than the calories per serving, you should consider that product high in sodium.
Instead of grabbing the salt shaker, use alternative spices and herbs. Experiment with different brands and blends until you find one tailored to your palate. The following have big flavors that take quick dishes to a new level of satisfaction without adding fat or preservatives: