Food is meant to be enjoyed, even while trying to eat “healthy”. The challenge so many people have is trying to learn how to make their meals taste great without the high calorie extras like dressings, butter, tons of cheese, and oil. The truth is there are so many fresh, unique and delicious ways to kick up the flavor of your food without sabotaging your nutrition and fitness goals. Here are some yummy ingredients and ways to add them to your favorite foods for power-packed flavor!
Salsa- whether you make it yourself with fresh tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro and olive oil, or add a kick to it with fresh mango, pineapple, or peaches, or buy it store bought, makes a beautiful topping on chicken, fish shrimp, pork tenderloin, and even sandwiches and wraps.
Guacamole- it’s high in fat but it’s heart healthy fat and is delicious on sandwiches and wraps. It’s a great replacement for mayo and creamy dressings. It’s delicious on salads with salsa (in place of traditional dressing) and even good mixed with grilled chicken, salsa, some brown rice and veggies.
Hummus- A great topping for sandwiches and wraps. Try a unique flavor like roasted red pepper hummus or garlic and herb.
Herbs- When’s the last time you bought fresh cilantro, basil, or rosemary? These herbs are powerful in flavor and add a freshness to any dish. Add them in the last few minutes of cooking your meal to retain the freshness.
Vinegars- Try an aged balasamic or a champagne vinegar, apple cidar vinegar to create your own dressing in place of the bottled kind. Simply whisk together the vinegar, while slowly drizzling in olive oil. Whisk in some mustard and season with salt and pepper and garlic. You can even add in some fresh herbs.
With a little creativity you can make delicious and healthy food that you’ll actually enjoy.