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Last week I received some Woody’s Gourmet samples as part of being a Foodzie contributor.

Woody's Gourmet salt

I posted last month about the wonderful horseradish mustard I received in my Foodzie tasting box

horseradish mustard

And this month Woody’s Herb Sea Salt arrived.

Woody's Herb Sea Salt

What’s a girl to make with some herb sea salt?

Some ideas…

Lemon & Dill Roasted Potato Sticks

Lemon & Dill Roasted Potato Sticks

Cheezy Veggie Bake

Cheezy Veggie Bake

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Coconut & Olive Oil Roasted “French Fries”

Coconut & Olive Oil Roasted “French Fries”

“Spicy Doritos” Cheezy Dip

"Spicy Doritos" Cheezy Dip




Or from my post yesterday, “Cheater’s” Guacamole

"Cheater's" GuacamoleIt sounds like there are lots of guac fans in the house!  Glad you liked my 1 minute recipe.  Great for all you cheaters shortcut-loving cooks.

And I hope you all go out and party like rock stars for Cinco de MayoWhich probably means clearing out your Google Reader for many of you. That’s about as “rock star” as I get lately, too, since I’m usually working rather than going out.   My vacation is coming up though!


1. Do you like salt?  Have you ever had fancy salt or sea salt?

I am not a fan of salt, at all. Sure, I like the way it tastes and yes I’ve had “fancy salt” in the past but…

2. Do you notice any effects after you consume salt?

I retain tons and tons of water when I eat salty foods.  No matter how much water I drink, and yes I drink lots of water, I have unquenchable thirst when I eat salt-containing or salty foods.  I keep drinking water to quench my thirst only to blow up like a balloon and it takes a good day or two for my body to really “process” the salt.

If I know I plan to eat what I am cooking or roasting and am not making it just for Scott and Skylar, then I won’t add salt to it and they can season their portions as they wish.

Ironically, after being together for 12 years and me doing all the cooking, Scott has lost 50 pounds and has lowered his blood pressure from the stratosphere down to more earthly levels and I attribute my mindful attitude toward salt at helping to reduce his blood pressure.

3. Are there any foods you just can’t “do”?

Some people can’t “do sugar” or have a hard time with portion control with carbs or need a higher protein diet or can’t do dairy, gluten, soy, tree nuts, and more.

For me, I need to be mindful of gluten and dairy consumption and also my salt consumption. 

I can do sugar and chocolate though!

Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls

Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls


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  1. Everyone always thinks I’m insane when I say that I can’t stand salt. I just don’t like the taste of salty stuff. Blech. And I especially notice I get bloated when I eat too much sodium. Disliking salt doesn’t mean anything if you eat at a restaurant or any processed foods because they are packed full!

    My list of food intolerances grows seemingly every day, I can’t do gluten, xanthan gum, almonds, onion and seemingly quinoa lately. But for taste/texture reasons I can’t stand coconut, any kind of meat, and mushrooms.

    1. I cannot to xan gum either. At all! It throws my tummy for a major loop. Even the kind that’s GF, something about it…just not for me!

      1. I guess it’s good because it forces me to make my own gluten-free stuff, since so many include x gum!

  2. I’m a big salt lover, but also a salt snob. I don’t like or use regular table salt. Himalayan, Sea Salt, or Kosher salt only. I also use Kelp & Dulse granules to add a salty taste.

    If I happen to eat something that contains regular “table salt”, such as chips then I do notice some side effects. I retain water, my lips dry out and stay dry & cracked for 12 hours, and I feel an unquenchable thirst.

    I don’t do gluten. There are other foods that I don’t like, such as cooked cabbage or brussel sprouts ~Shudder~

  3. I think that you and I must have similar chemistry, because I’m the same way. Sugar is fine, but salt makes me feel bad/ dehydrated if I eat salty without a lot of water.
    I’m gluten free and don’t do meat or dairy either.

    The fancy salt looks interesting! I’ve seen all the different colors but I’ve never tried them. Wonder if you can taste the difference?

    1. likely very similar chemistry. I wish i could hang w/ more salt but i just can’t.

  4. I love salty sweet combos….avocado with banana and spices….mango, lime and salt….black vinegar, chili, and brown sugar. Thanks for this recipe…I am going to turn my fella onto it.

  5. 1. I like salt, but I rather use soy sauce, miso, or instant veggie broth, to add some flavor at the same time.
    2. I can handle salt in moderation, but I also get thirsty if I eat too much. I like sweets but also salty foods, to balance it out.
    3. I do have to watch my sugar intake, as it makes me incredibly thirsty, even worse than salt, actually. Kiwis, fresh pineapple, and rhubarb are also ‘watch out’ foods for me, they leave a weird burning feeling on my tongue.

    “after being together for 12 years and me doing all the cooking, Scott has lost 50 pounds and has lowered his blood pressure” – That’s amazing! My BF has actually gained a few pounds since we’ve met, but I do believe that his cholesterol is lower than before, as he eats much more veggies and less meat because of me. ;)

  6. I’ve been paying attention to my salt intake lately, becuase I think it was causing me to bloat a lot recently. I was eating a lot of pickled foods – kraut, okra, etc, and I cut those out and seem to be much better. I make my own pickles now, but kraut is kind of a pain. And I haven’t tried pickled okra yet, but I keep thinking I might.

    I was thinking about your guac at the store today – avos were 3 for $1! but I forgot to buy them. I wouldn’t call yours cheater’s at all – traditional guac is just avo, lime and salt, so most people should call their versions “too many ingredients” guac. ;)

  7. there’s nothing i can’t “do” but large quantities of fried foods and cheese are definite problems.

  8. I have always liked salt, however I have noticed that lately when I consume a good amount, I get way too thirsty too and I just can’t drink enough water!

  9. Love the idea for Lemon & Dill Roasted Potato Sticks! Those may have to end up on Menu Monday for me! Will link back if so!
    I love salt. I’ve always had low blood pressure and have been encouraged to eat salt through my life. I prefer sea salt or at least Kosher.
    When I get too much, I do indeed bloat up like a water buffalo, so I do have a limit. My hubby hates salt and peppers everything instead. I’m an equal opportunity kind of gal, though, so I like both.
    There really aren’t any foods that I can’t do. I’m a firm believer that there are no off-limit foods, that it’s more important to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Stop eating when you are full, and don’t eat if you’re not hungry. Crazy, I know. I do prefer all natural items, and stay away from the things I can’t pronounce.

  10. I love salt! My favorite is Real Salt, and not because my uncle owns that company, but it really is good. Salt makes me happy. Sugar on the other hand, makes me feel awful, but I still eat it because I have a major sweet tooth!

  11. heck yes I like salt!!! I have been realizing also that its NOT so bad for those who eat a veyr healthy diet with little processed foods. For as much as I workout, sweat anddrink water, I need those electrolytes and salt!!! I just sprinkled some on my kale chips tonight and it was DELISH! I am a bit more thirsty, but other than that nothng crazy! unless im at a restaurant where they LOAD the salt and I blow up lol but it goes away ;)

  12. I’m not a huge salt person, but I have a special place in my heart for fancy salts!! Those look fantastic and I would use them for, well, pretty much the same things you did :-)

  13. I have very recently learned that I can’t “do” soy (at least, not too much of it) — the minute I have a huge chunk of tofu, my nose starts running like a faucet. This is a recent discovery and, as a lover of “Kisses Knishes” Tofu Knishes (in Chocolate, Apple, Blueberry, etc. – divine!) I’m very displeased about it! But I’m glad to finally learn what was causing my congestion all this time. :/

  14. i am a huuuge salt fan!! you should do a salt giveaway!! lol that truffle salt looks so good!

  15. I love salt! But if I eat too much of it, I am super thirsty and I feel bloated..weird right? :)
    As for foods I can’t do, it’s dairy. Makes me super sick, but sometimes I don’t listen and sneak things in here and there :)

  16. I’ve never been big on salt. We have a friend who pours literally floods of salt on everything he eats (except huge servings of dessert, lol)–makes my jaw drop.

  17. These fry ideas are amazing! Not to mention the rest of these photos. Are you trying to make me chew on my hand?

  18. My body can’t “do” a lot of things. I feel like crap when I eat: gluten, dairy, corn, sugar, and salt.


    1. yeah girl i know you have a ton of food allergies…mine have gotten better and i can have things in small doses again but SMALL doses. Hang in there!

  19. Sweet salt score, I got a seasoned salt gift pack that I just keep on the dining table to sprinkle the various flavors. Great recipe inspiration here.

    1. Yes, but not too much.
    2. Just feeling really dry after eating something that had too much, not good.
    3. Dried fruits tend to not like me that much, something about the dried, concentrated cards being harder to digest.

  20. I don’t like consuming a lot of salt because it bloats me up. My bf always think the food is under salted and I think it’s fine lol

  21. I am not a huge fan of salt either but I am predisposed to hypOtension so I sometimes have to eat something purposely salty (I usually do popcorn) to bring my blood pressure up just a bit. Other than that I rarely add it to foods as I can’t taste the difference.

  22. I like salt. I do use it in my cooking, but there is a fine line between not enough and too much for me too. I don’t like my food salty, I just like to use enough to bring out the flavors. Salt affects me, like whenever we eat something especially salty I drink so much water it’s not even funny. So I do notice it but I’m not majorly sensitive. I do have a problem with sugar and carbs though. Some days I can eat a small piece of something and walk away, other days I can’t stop myself until after I’ve eaten too much. I’ve learned to scale recipes waaaaaay down. 1 or 2 serving recipes are awesome :D I’ve been working on moving my site all morning(while feeding and entertaining kids, haha) and I just decided I totally need a break so I’m sitting down to read blogs. Ahh, I feel like I’ve been completely attached to the computer today and it’s only 2pm, haha.

    1. “Ahh, I feel like I’ve been completely attached to the computer today and it’s only 2pm, haha.”– THAT IS MY DAY!!!

  23. I love salt — I’ll take salty over sweet most of the time. I really only notice how it affects me when I have large amounts (hello Chinese take out!)

    There are plenty of foods that I shouldn’t do because they make me feel awful — dried fruit (just started to accept this, I think I’ve been in denial for a while), too much sugar, dairy (except a small amount here and there are ok, but no yogurt, ice cream, milk, etc), and I have to limit certain fruits: apples, pears and peaches.

    But I’d love those oreo balls — for me the stomachache would be worth it!

  24. I love salt…salt, salt, salt (I’m singing that!)! I normally go for Kosher and iodized, but I liked Woody’s!

  25. not big on salt! i’m with the sweets team!
    HIDDEN salt is another matter…some cereals, for example, are super high in salt…gotta watch for that hidden sodium!
    i can’t do wheat or a lot of soy…those are no bueno, for sure!
    hope you’re having a great day! rain rain and more rain is our story!

  26. I’m not a huge salt fan. I prefer sweet any day! Although I do like the Lindt darck sea salt chocolate bar….

    I can’t “do” apples or pears!!!! Hurts my stomach to just think about it!