Eating healthy doesn’t have to be flavorless.

Gone are the days when “healthy” meant “no sugar, no salt, and no flavor.”

Now, you don’t have to struggle through your meals just to detox. Here are a few creative ways to make your healthy meals tastier and more appealing.

  1. Think of your favorite foods and look for the healthier alternatives.

    For instance, if you are fond of the sumptuous goodness of meaty sausages, you can try Italian-style vegetarian sausages instead.They only contain 3 grams of fat per link but can compete side-by-side with all-meat sausages in terms of flavor.

  2. If you just can’t say no to meat, make sure that you get the leanest cuts.But if you can’t buy them without the fat, then trim the fat off as much as possible before cooking. Ground beef or lamb can be replaced with ground turkey, although the taste would differ.
  3. The fats in oil can wreak havoc to your diet.

    Although olive oil is high in fat, it is much healthier for your heart than those founds in animal oil, margarine, or butter. In addition, olive oil adds a wonderful flavor to your dishes.

  4. When sauteing veggies, sprinkle a little salt. This will bring out their juices and will then require less oil to cook.
  5. To keep salt to a minimum, take advantage of the availability of fresh and dried herbs and spices in the market today.

    Herbs add a lot of flavor without putting your health in jeopardy.Veal, for instance, is tender and tasty and can be made even more delicious when seasoned with marjoram, ginger, oregano, bay leaf, or curry powder.

    Poultry is spiced up with thyme, tarragon, sage, rosemary, paprika, oregano, marjoram, and ginger. As for fish, its flavors can be enhanced with the use of dill, lemon juice, marjoram, paprika, or pepper.

  6. Instead of having calorie-packed pastries for dessert, go for fresh fruits.

    If your favorite fruits are not in season, their canned alternatives are the next best thing. Choose those that are packed in light syrup or fruit juice.

    Since they’re canned at their best, you’ll still get that fruity goodness that’s perfect for capping a meal.

  7. Try vogue Asian ingredients.Asian foods are making waves globally.

    This is because most dishes, particularly Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese, are diet-friendly but still have that irresistible exotic flavor.

    Here are a couple of these ingredients.Nam Pla, or Thai fish sauce, which is made from fermented salted fish. It gives off a pungent and briny aroma to your dishes and can also be used as a dipping sauce.Hoisin sauce is made from fermented soybeans. It has a dark brown color, is sweet, and gives off a flavor similar to five-spice powder. It’s used for glazing meats, spicing up stir-fried dishes, and as a dipping sauce as well.

  8. Stock up on mushrooms.

    Like herbs, they’re now more accessible and come in more varieties.

    Fresh mushrooms last only a few days in the refrigerator, so fill your pantry with the dried kind for when you need to flavor soups and stir-fry dishes.

    Some say mushrooms are an acquired taste, because their odors range from pungent to woodsy to fragrant. But with the wide variety you’ll find in supermarkets – button, shiitake, abalone, Black Trumpets, Portobello, and a host of others – you’ll ‘acquire’ the taste for them soon enough.

M. Jamal

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