My thanks to Sunkist for their support of this blog and their endeavor to promote a healthy salt alternative.
My oldest child is totally addicted to salt. Sweet foods hold no real interest for her, which causes me to wonder if we are truly related. So, in order to curb her sodium intake, I needed a healthy salt alternative.
Being opposed to fake food and chemicals, I needed something real. Since we are on a limited budget, I also needed it to be affordable.
What could be easier than Sunkist Lemons?!
The Sunkist S’alternative
Apparently, my daughter is not the only one with a salt addiction. Studies indicate “virtually all Americans consume more sodium than needed, at an estimated average intake of 3,400 mg per day.” How much salt is a healthy amount? Only about 1,500 mg – 2,300 mg per day! That is a huge difference!
A study conducted by Johnson & Wales discovered that Sunkist lemon juice and lemon zest could be used as a salt substitute for chicken, fish, beef, pork, vegetables, soups, salads, and grains. Instead of using the original amount of salt required by a recipe, you can reduce the salt and add the juice and zest of Sunkist lemons.
It’s a simple and affordable substitute for salt with tremendous health benefits. You can read all of the details, print out a brochure to share with a friend, get recipes, and much more on the Sunkist S’alternative page.
Honey Lemon Pork Loin Chops
So I wanted to put this information to the test and I created a meal without using any salt. None. Why did I #TabletheSalt all together? I wanted to know if this could really work.
I started with a marinade. All real ingredients. A simply combination of lemon juice, lemon zest, red onions, garlic, olive oil, honey, dried oregano, and black pepper.
After mixing the marinade together, I placed the pork loin chops in a ziploc bag, poured the marinade over the meat, zipped the top, and let them rest in the refrigerator all day.
While I was letting my cast iron grill pan heat, I set the bag on the counter to bring the chops to room temperature.
Then, as the pork loin chops cooked, I stretched myself further by steaming potato halves in the microwave for about 6 minutes with lemon juice, garlic, and pepper. When the Honey Lemon Pork Loin Chops were cooked through, I gently placed the potato halves on the griddle to sear.
But… how did it taste?
AMAZING! I could not tell the salt was missing… even from the potatoes! I even found myself feeling very thirsty later, as if I had eaten too much salt.
Try the Sunkist S’alternative and let me know what you think.