If you’re one of those rare people who enjoy eating plain grilled chicken breasts and plain steamed veggies, congratulations. For
the rest of us, finding new ways to add flavor to healthy foods can be challenging. The good news is that although it is challenging, it is
also complete doable. You may even discover that you like a spice or flavor that you previously disliked.
Start out by trying a variety of basic dried herbs and spices. Oregano, garlic powder, thyme, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder,
Italian herb seasoning blend, thyme, and rosemary are all staples that go well with poultry. Additionally, if you are preparing chicken or
turkey breast, try the
of baking. This method helps ensure your poultry is tender and flavorful, with just the right texture.
Since vegetables are also a staple of any healthy eating style, try switching up the method in which you prepare them. Most of us who are in
a hurry tend to microwave or steam vegetables. By taking just a few extra minutes to roast vegetables, you will discover the enhanced flavor
and texture. Almost any vegetable can be tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasted in the oven. Beware, once you roast vegetables,
you probably won’t want to go back to steaming. Try these
When you get tired of the basics, try exploring new, more specific flavors such as curry powder, turmeric, cumin, clove, coriander, garam masala,
or bay leaf. You may want to try out different combinations such as lemon-pepper or cinnamon-clove. You can also experiment with heat by adding jalapeno peppers, chipotle peppers, or adobo sauce.
Marinating is another great way to add flavor without adding a lot of calories. Using vinegars or citric juices such as lemon, lime, and orange
can add depth of flavor and also tenderize (if using meat). If cooking grains such as brown rice or quinoa, try cooking with vegetable or
chicken broth in place of water.
Lastly, don’t forget to garnish. A little fresh lemon juice or zest can go a long way, especially when it comes to seafood. Garnishing
dishes with a few slices of avocado can add flavor as well as a creamy texture. Salsa, hot sauce, and balsamic vinegar are also great
finishing touches that add flavor without adding a lot of calories.