Are All Salts Created Equally?

By Laurel Sterling MA, RD, CDN470569367

No they are not! From what I have researched,you have to consider where they are harvested, how they are harvested, and how they are processed.

Conventional (white) table salt is extremely different from other healthier choices like Celtic sea salt and Himalaya pink salt. It is stripped of most minerals and trace elements during the extensive refining process. They also add anti-caking agents which make up about 3% of the salt. The other 97% of what is left over after the processing is sodium and chloride. THIS is the type of salt that we need to AVOID in our diets!

Most Celtic salt (or gray salt) comes from the northwest coast of France. It is gray in color because it absorbs minerals from clay that lines the salt ponds. Companies that harvest it, still use the traditional Celtic methods where they collect it by hand with wooden tools. Celtic sea salt contains somewhere between 80-90 elements found in sea water. Among the minerals and trace elements included in Celtic salt are: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and iodine. 

Himalaya pink salt is mined from the earth. It is harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas. They also harvest this salt by hand using traditional methods. Himalaya salt is rich in many minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron, and it is the high iron content that gives this salt its pink color.

Both Celtic salt and Himalaya salt are alkalizing for the body due to all the minerals in them, and they greatly enhance the flavor of many dishes! So enjoy using these salts in your diet in moderation instead of conventional salts.

Winter Care for Your Pets

By Sam Derbyshire158877199

As winter kicks into full gear, we should consider if our ‘winterizing’ efforts are pet-friendly. Here are some considerations for the safety of your fur-babies.

After shoveling, the majority of people will sprinkle salt along the walk to keep the snow from piling up quickly.  An easy way to prevent ‘salt burns’ on your dog’s paws is to keep a small bucket or deep pan of clean water near your doorway to rinse the animals feet when you come in from your walks.  Be sure to rinse the paws thoroughly, and dry them with a towel.  If your dog’s paws are already irritated, consider adding one cup of warm chamomile tea per gallon of water, and rinse as suggested above. Change the water daily.

As it gets cold outside, pests and rodents (mice, squirrels, etc.) tend to migrate into our houses. In an effort to keep pests under control we may be tempted to put out toxic bait and traps. This is very dangerous because animals have been known to play with and/or chew on traps—dangerous for obvious reasons—but consider indirect contact as well.

Also, keep an eye out when on walks for spots where anti-freeze has dripped. According to Washington State University of Veterinary Medicine, “Very small amounts of antifreeze can be fatal. If a cat walks through a puddle of antifreeze and then licks its paws, it can ingest enough antifreeze to cause death.  About five tablespoons can kill a medium sized dog.”—See paw rinse above.

If you suspect your animal has ingested poison, or a pest that has been poisoned go to your vet immediately.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Idea: Crust-less Zucchini Quiche

By Laurel Sterling, MA, RD, CDN

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My sister and mother usually make a crust-less quiche for me for Thanksgiving because I don’t eat turkey. I love several varieties of quiche. I don’t think there is any vegetable quiche I don’t like! You can use spinach instead of zucchini. Some recipes add garlic along with other seasonings like oregano or nutmeg. It is so simple to make and so delicious as a holiday dish!

Ingredients

3 cups zucchini, grated

1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (Rudi’s)

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, part skim, grated

2 eggs

4 egg whites

1 tsp minced onions

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Mix all but the cheese. Put into greased pie pan and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Top with cheese and bake 30 minutes more.

Makes 6 servings

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