Sew…with age comes certain “issues”.¬† One of my own personal issues is blood pressure.
Salt/sodium is a key player related to blood pressure. My own doctor recommends I stay at 1500 mg. or less per day.
My blood pressure is under control with diet and exercise, but I have to be hyper-vigilant about reading product labels for salt (sodium) content.¬†¬† Seasoning mixes are notorious for being loaded with salt (sodium).
One teaspoon of salt = approximately 2,325 mg.
These major health organizations recommend these as maximum daily sodium intake:
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): 2300 mg.
- American Heart Association (AHA): 1500 mg.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND): 1500 to 2300 mg.
- American Diabetes Association (ADA): 1500 to 2300 mg.
So, I’ve formulated my own delicious version that can be tweaked to your personal needs (or even made without salt altogether).¬† Not only is it delicious, it is healthier and much less expensive than purchasing individual packets at the store.¬† PLUS, I know EXACTLY what’s in it.
The following recipe will make enough to season 8 pounds of ground beef, ground turkey or other meat (enough to make 8 separate meals of 1 pound of meat per meal/dish).¬† I simply recycle/re-label an old spice container to hold my seasoning mix.
NOTE:¬† I generally use approximately 3 Tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat.¬† Adjust to your taste.
1/2 cup chili powder
6 teaspoons black pepper
4 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons Spanish paprika
4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
4 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons dried onion flakes
4 teaspoons salt (This works out to 1/2 teaspoon of salt per meal or 1/8 teaspoon/approximately 290.65 mg per serving when the meal is divided into 4 servings. This is a modest/moderate amount of sodium intake for one meal, but generally WAY less than most store purchased brands.¬† You may choose to use more or less depending upon your sodium tolerance and personal preference)
2 teaspoons dried cilantro (optional)
2 teaspoons ground oregano
Place ingredients in a large spice container (or small food storage container or jar), cover/seal with lid, and shake until well mixed.
Be sure to label your container.¬† Yep, it’s THAT easy!