When starting a healthier lifestyle, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by all the products and food on the market. I am a firm believer that simple swaps add up and make a difference over time. Each Saturday I will feature a Smart Swap! These Smart Swaps will be healthier choices and recommendations for your favorite not-so-healthy foods.
Today’s Smart Swap: Liquid Aminos
Looking to make a healthy stir fry or spice up your veggies? Soy sauce might seem like a quick thing to grab out of the fridge- but it may not be the best choice.
Let’s break it down!
Typical soy sauce is very high in sodium, contains wheat and contains preservatives.
Soy sauce is made “with a mixture of soybeans, roasted with wheat, mold and salt water, which is aged for five to eight months. The resulting mash is then pressed, and the soy sauce liquid is pasteurized and bottled,” according to Healthline.
Healthy Swap: Liquid Aminos
Liquid Aminos are lower in sodium, gluten-free, contain no chemicals, contain no artificial coloring and contain no preservatives. It also contains 0.5 grams of protein per teaspoon!
According to The Spruce Eats, Bragg Liquid Aminos is a seasoning sauce made from soybeans and purified water. Further, it contains no chemicals, artificial coloring, or preservatives. One downside is the cost, since it’s a bit pricier than most standard soy sauce brands.”
“Brand founders Paul Bragg (deceased) and Patricia Bragg have maintained an aura of mystery around the product, and the manufacturing process and exact recipe remains a secret.” (The Spruce Eats)
What can you use Liquid Aminos for?
The sky is the limit! Swap for anything you would use Soy Sauce on. Here are some of my favorites!
- Whip up a low-sodium stir-fry
- Veggies- both raw and cooked
- Spice up your hummus
- Add to salad dressings
- Stirred into soup for extra flavor
- Roast over nuts for a yummy snack
- Seasoning for cauliflower rice
- Use as a dipping sauce for sushi
- Use as a marinade for meats
- Liquid Aminos are gluten-free and contain less sodium than traditional Soy Sauce.
- Liquid Aminos contain 16 amino acids.
- They taste the same!
Have you ever tried a swap for soy sauce? What did you think??