Though I’m still getting used to saying, “2013” I’m happy to live to see another year! Many people like to reset their body for optimal health by doing a fast. Fasting has varying levels– no water or food, no food, or even just abstaining from certain foods. Almost every year I participate in a 21 day Daniel Fast which can really vary from person to person. It is a great alternative for those who cannot do a full fast for medical reasons such as needing to take medication or issues with blood sugar. You still receive many benefits from this. Though I don’t believe it is mentioned, during this time I also remove salt from my diet and only sweeten food with things found in nature such as dates. 21 days is a long time and so many by about the 7th day really have no idea what they can eat! I’ve made a list of my favorite foods to consume during this time. I leave out salt and replace with 21 seasoning and lemon juice. Some people cut out oil, but I think it is a necessary part of the diet, especially at this time.
If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll have noticed that an item I use very often in my dishes is balsamic vinegar. This vinegar’s rich dark color is a nice indication of its equally rich and dark flavor. It’s a flavor enhancer, base for sauces and marinades, and an extra dimension of flavor. It can be your secret ingredient in stir-fry dishes, and it can also work to lower the amount of salt needed in a dish. Many have grilled peaches or other stone fruits with this vinegar, and topped it with a delicious reduction which thickens and becomes even more powerful in flavor. My preference is aged balsamic, so I use a good quality 8 year and it really lasts a long time! I highly recommend adding this to your pantry as soon as possible.
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What is this 21 Seasoning Salute I hear so much about, you ask?
21 Seasoning is exactly like it sounds– a blend of 21 spices and natural ingredients. It is salt free, but very flavorful. With a dry blend of onion, basil, bay leaf, oil of lemon, mustard and cumin (to name a few), you have the power to bring out flavor, and create flavor, without salt. Rice, dry rubs, poultry and more can all be tastier and healthier with this seasoning blend. You can still use salt, but the power of this blend is that you will need significantly less. 21 Seasoning Salute can be purchased for $1.99 at Trader Joe’s, but there are other brands such as Mrs. Dash, Magic Salt-Free Seasoning, Kirkland Signature No-Salt Seasoning, etc. that provide the same benefit as 21 Seasoning. If you have your long term health in mind, buying one of these substitutes is the responsible thing to do. A diet that is lower in sodium is a great contribution to a healthier body.