Cutting back on calories does not have to mean cutting back on flavor. Dieters may have a perception that healthy food may be bland, but it is easy to add some zest and spice to enliven the taste buds. Even the recommended diet drink of plain old water can be given a taste boost with the addition of tangy lemon slices, refreshing mint leaves or a squeeze of lime.
Dieters switching from a daily dose of processed or fast foods will be used to the strong stimulant of artificial flavors. Fresh nutritious packed foods, which are the key to a healthy diet and successful weight loss, can be stimulated by the addition of herbs and spices, olive oil and citrus, and garlic and vinegars.
Chilli and spices have naturally thermogenic properties which stimulate the metabolism to burn fat easily. Additionally they provide great flavor. The use of hot peppers, chill’s and mustard will ensure that low calorie foods have a kick. Experiment with Thai Tom Yum soup, stir fried spinach with mustard seeds, vegetable curries cooked in protein packed Greek yogurt, and add pickled chill’s to give a hot bite to mixed salads.
The pungent aroma of garlic and herbs make any dish inviting. Homemade soups are a great choice for dieters as they are filling and nutritious. Think beyond the bland cabbage soup diet though and experiment with herbs. Fresh basil leaves make homemade vitamin packed tomato soup a taste temptation, while a mix of thyme, sage and dill can make even the most bland vegetable soup inviting.
Salads are another excellent choice for dieters. Swap previously calorie laden sweetened bottled salad dressings and mayonnaise for extra virgin oil combined with flavored vinegar. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil is a classic dressing, with the olive oil providing many health giving properties. Red wine vinegar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and mustard, each marry well with olive oil.
Depending on the choice of salad, a citrus sensation may be all that is needed for a delicious flavor. Try orange and watercress salad, or beetroot greens in lemon juice. Olive oil can also be infused with fresh herbs to add perfection to the simplest ingredients. Basil leaves atop fresh tomatoes and sliced red onion, doused in olive oil and natural sea salt, tastes amazing. Freshly squeezed lemon juice goes with far more than just salads and water. Squeeze it over cooked vegetables, grilled lean meat, and into soup.
Shedding the pounds does not mean sacrificing flavor. Experimenting with new fresh ingredients can open the taste buds to new flavors which will help dieters stick to their resolve to shed the pounds.