June is Men's Health Month. So, to the guys, this is all about you!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 men die from heart disease. Food choices can help reduce the risk of heart disease and complications such as heart attack and stroke.
One way to improve heart health is to reduce sodium. Table salt is made up of both sodium and chloride. While the words "sodium" and "salt" are often used interchangeable, sodium is a part of salt.
There are many ways to reduce sodium in our food choices, including the two below:
Blackened BBQ Rub (2 tbsp)
This salt-free rub goes well with poultry and seafood, but try it on other meats you like to make.
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2. When ready to use, lay desired cut of meat on a cutting board. Sprinkle meat with rub, turning so all sides are coated. If desired, massage rub into meat with clean hands. Cook meat per desired method, such as grill or stovetop.
Today's post was written by Caitlin Huth. Caitlin Huth, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Educator serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties. She teaches nutrition- and food-based lessons around heart health, food safety, diabetes, and others. In all classes, she encourages trying new foods, gaining confidence in healthy eating, and getting back into our kitchens.