Skip seasoning mixes
Those pouches of prepackaged spices for tacos or soups are often high in sodium and preservatives. Instead, play around with ingredients like ground cumin (which is a good source of iron), chili powder, paprika, dried oregano, cayenne or other dried and ground peppers, and garlic powder to find the right flavor match for your next batch of tacos or burritos. Feel free to use dried herbs; they have stronger flavors than fresh, says Kotsopoulos, which make them great for cooking. One caveat: They lose some of their nutritional profile if they sit in your cupboard for too long, so remember to rotate your stock.