Does eating healthier mean you have to sacrifice flavor? Not necessarily. You can still make flavorful food choices while enjoying a much cleaner and healthier diet. However, healthier eating does require motivation and a positive mindset. So, get your induction cookware on the stove and get ready to cook up some magic in the kitchen.
To get you started, here are five easy tips for making healthier and more flavorful food choices:
1. Keep Your Carbs, But Switch Them Up
Are you a rice lover? If so, you can still eat rice two or three times a week, but perhaps you can switch the white stuff for brown rice or even healthier options like cauliflower rice.
It might be fluffier in texture, but once you flavor it with your usual seasonings, you’ll discover that cauliflower rice is just as delicious (dare we say more so) than regular rice. You can even add couscous to your weekly menu for a taste of something different.
2. Sacrifice The Fat Not Flavor
To eat healthier, it’s advisable to use vegetable oils or olive oil when cooking and avoid using butter on your pots and pans. Food cooked using olive oil tastes as good as food cooked with butter. The key difference is that olive oil has less saturated fat than butter and other vegetable oils, making it a healthier choice for you.
3. Use Healthier Heating Methods
You can significantly improve the healthfulness of your food by choosing different cooking methods. Frying requires far too much oil, which is why it’s best to use cooking methods like roasting, steaming, and baking instead (most of the time, anyway).
This is what makes induction cookware superior. Let your cooking methods delight your palate by experimenting with air frying as well. You won’t believe just how exotic-tasting vegetables can be.
4. Ditch Excess Salt And Sugar
You may be raising an eyebrow at the thought of ditching salt and sugar, especially if the objective is to add more flavor to your food. Are these not the ingredients that give meals their comforting taste?
Typically, yes, but ditching them doesn’t have to equate to bland food. You can still flavor your food by using a rich mixture of herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, or vegetable spice to enhance its taste. In addition to this, vegetables like celery are naturally salty, allowing you to add a touch of the taste you love without going overboard.
Fruit is your best friend when it comes to getting a sugar hit. Enjoy smoothies, acai bowls, and fruit salads to your heart’s content as the fiber will help you regulate your consumption.
5. Consume Balanced Meals
In addition to vegetables, make sure you include enough protein in your meals.
Having a full meal like this will keep you satiated for longer, and you won’t have to snack in between meals during the day to have more energy; nor will you feel hungry. So, make sure your salads are as robust and diverse as can be.
Toss some chickpeas, pinto beans, or lentils onto a bed of lettuce, or top your sourdough avocado toast with grated carrots, fresh tomato slices, and some herbs for seasoning.
This is enough to fill you up while giving you the flavor you need. Oh, and since salads are going to be a part of your daily diet, consider opting for homemade salad dressings. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you for it.
When it comes to healthful eating, it’s the little changes we make that count. With these tips in your arsenal, you’ll enjoy flavorful food that feels as good as it tastes.