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Colorful Cooking to Lower Sodium

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Colorful Cooking to Lower Sodium

Want to eat healthy? Try cooking at home! Cooking at home can give you more control over what gets added to your food. And, if you try healthy recipes, cooking at home is a great way to be creative and add color, flavor, and fun to your life.


The American Heart Association is ready to help you cook more at home. Not sure about a new cooking technique? Access our videos on how to cook. Tired of the same meal? Find recipes that will excite your (and your family’s) taste buds.

Cooking in Color cookbook CoverAnd, the American Heart Association offers several cookbooks to give you ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack! In fact, we just published new recipe booklet called Cooking in Color. The booklet offers you:

  • 27 beautifully photographed recipes
  • Cooking tools
  • Cooking tips and hacks
  • Infographics on how to eat healthy

Color your plate every day with one more cup of fruits and vegetables. If those fruits and veggies replace high-sodium foods, that is one way to eat less sodium! Fruits and vegetables add color to your food. They add health benefits like vitamins and nutrients. And, they add flavor and fun. Is there better way to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month?

Here are some of our favorite recipes to add color with fruits and veggies:

  • Bluey Smoothie. Kick off your morning with berries, peaches and (yes!) spinach in this nutrition-packed smoothie.

  • Tomato and Ricotta Toast. Savory tomato and ricotta toast is a perfect combination of fresh tomatoes, Italian spices, creamy ricotta, and whole grain bread. Toast: it’s not just for breakfast!

  • Ginger-Pumpkin Bisque. The sweetness of the pumpkin pairs perfectly with the spiciness of the ginger in this comforting soup. Try for lunch, dinner, or any time you need an extra kick of flavor.

  • Teriyaki Salmon with Cauliflower Rice. My favorite part about this recipe (besides the softness of the salmon) is the fresh cauliflower rice. The texture of the cauliflower with the boldness of the cilantro adds is amazing with the soft, flavorful salmon.

  • Apple Nachos. This recipe gets kids to eat more fruits as dessert, especially if you let them top the “chips” (apple slices) themselves.