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Watch your salt! This seems to be the message all health professionals send out these days.
“Even if you’re healthy, too much salt overburdens the body and can tax your bones and kidneys, increasing osteoporosis risk,” explains Dina Aronson, MS, RD, owner of veganRD.com. And meat-free diets are far from immune to salt excesses. “Many vegetarian and vegan foods, particularly convenience foods, are high in sodium,” Aronson says. “Fortunately, the foundations of a healthful diet—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes—are naturally low in sodium.” The following recipes use these foundations as building blocks for dishes that are really worth their salt—even if they don’t call for much.