Add a Healthy Dose of Flavor to the Menu

February 2016

February is American Heart Month, so it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your menu and incorporate more heart-healthy options. Low-sodium and low-fat foods are synonymous with heart health, but that’s not all. Many consumers hear “low fat” or “low sodium” and automatically think “less flavor.” Use these tips to create heart-healthy options that will wow your patrons’ taste buds and keep them coming back for more.

The American Heart Association’s recommended daily sodium intake is 1,500 milligrams, but Americans are consuming more than double that amount on a daily basis. Herbs and spices make great-tasting substitutes for added salt in recipes. For even more flavor, use fresh herbs and spices instead of dried versions. In addition to more spices and herbs, the American Heart Association recommends skinless poultry and ground turkey. Try these spice-packed turkey recipe ideas for heart health-conscious meals with ultimate flavor:

  • Turkey Avocado Open Faced Sandwich: Use low-sodium turkey breast to prepare these great-tasting open-faced sandwiches made with guacamole and fresh cilantro.
  • Better-for-you Burger: Turkey in place of a beef burger helps to cut back on sodium, and flavorful toppings like low-fat cheese and onions make great-tasting guilt-free additions.
  • Pizetta: Ditch the high-fat, high-sodium topping options and try turkey instead. Sliced turkey medallions make a great addition to any pizza. Use low-fat cheese and reduced-sodium sauce for an even smarter heart-healthy option.

Browse our full line of low- and reduced-sodium products here. For additional healthy cooking tips, explore these resources brought to you by Butterball.


Meat, Poultry and Fish, American Heart Association.

Hein, Emily. Herbs and Spices Are Key to Reducing Your Sodium Intake, Food & Nutrition. March 4, 2015.

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