A teaspoon of salt – Sometimes all it takes is a visual

culinary detours, kids, tips | November 5, 2010 | By

Salt shaker and a teaspoon of saltPicture from myrecipes article about sodium

On one of my lazy nights a while back, I opted to serve tomato soup from a can. I tend to avoid it, but I do like having some on hand. Sometimes when I’m sick, it just sounds really good, and who wants to cook from scratch or kick themselves for not having something homemade in the freezer already?

Anyway, that’s getting a little off base. The main reason I cringe at canned tomato soup is the sodium count.
On this particular night, the little one asked me if it was going to “be really salty like so-n-so’s?” I told her I didn’t know because well, canned soup ‘is’ rather salty. She then asked me if we could put more salt in then.

Yikes! No way!

So I told her that there’s a ton of salt in it already, even if it doesn’t taste that salty to her. “Oh.” I tried pointing out the 760mg on the label *per 1/2 cup serving* but I might as well have been speaking Japanese.

I did the only thing I knew to do. I grabbed a container of salt and poured it out into a teaspoon. I put enough in for two servings, knowing she was going to be eating more than 1/2 cup, and a little bit extra for good measure. ;)

Then I had her hold out her hands as I sprinkled it all in. Needless to say, she didn’t ask for salt again. And I haven’t bought canned tomato soup since either, ha.

Tip – Regular table salt is about 40% sodium and 60% chloride. A teaspoon of salt is equal to about 2300mg of sodium. 


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