I think one of the hardest parts about healthy eating in the beginning is that your taste buds aren’t used to it. Packaged and processed foods are typically high in sugar or salt. They taste good so healthier meals are bland in comparison, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Real, healthy foods can taste good too.
Need an example? I’m not the biggest broccoli fan. I don’t like the way it tastes plain, but sprinkle some garlic on it, maybe a little lemon juice and suddenly it tastes pretty good and I’ll eat it all. Here some of the ways I make “plain” foods taste good.
I eat oatmeal as a snack at my desk at least three days a week, sometimes more, but plain oatmeal is not my cup of tea. I used to sweeten it with splenda, but now I mix in just a little bit of honey. Sometimes I even toss in some raisins like you can see in this picture.
Sea Salt & Pepper
Don’t underestimate the power of salt and pepper, which work well with most vegetables and meats. Things like rosemary and garlic add an extra little punch too. You can buy all of those things at any grocery store.
I already mentioned this one, but it’s worth repeating. A little bit of lemon makes everything taste better. I even like to put this on pasta mixed with a little butter. I put lemon in my water, drizzle it on veggies, etc. Basically, i can’t get enough.
Salads can be a little boring after a while so I like to mix it up by adding in some fruit like apple slices or baby celemintes. I’ve also been known to throw in some pumpkin seeds. You want to be careful not to add too many nuts because those calories add up fast, but putting a healthy topping on your salad adds an unexpected flavor and gives it some staying power. Just make sure you choose a dressing that compliments whatever you’ve thrown into the mix.
Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon
I’ve been known to sprinkle these things into my coffee, on a banana and apple slices. Either one of these can also jazz up oatmeal or cereal.
Chili Powder, Basil Pesto, Chicken Stock
I like to add these things to white rice to give it a little flavor. Any of these spices/ condiments alone is enough to get the job done.
Any seasonings you like to use? Any tips for adding flavor to healthy foods?