The phrase, “healthy eating” may be unappetizing to some, because the thought of plain dishes come to mind, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Whole foods can be a blank canvas for trying out new flavours and textures while maintaining a balanced diet.
Small tweaks to your food routine can break the boredom without extra work.
Here are a few tips to elevate your healthy eating habits.
Try a new cooking technique
Terms such as baked chicken, broiled fish, and hard-boiled eggs are commonly used in healthy eating diets but can become stale and repetitive over time. Switch things up by experimenting with new cooking techniques.
For example; instead of nuking your broccoli in the microwave, or steaming it on the stove, try roasting it. Tired of broiled fish? You can try baking it or oven-poach it to keep the fish moist and flavourful.
By altering how you cook your food, you will enhance the taste of it which will drive your curiosity to try new things every day.
Zest up your salads and meats
If you are looking to zest up your dishes without a lot of salt, pepper, or vinegar, squirt some lemon or lime juice into your dishes.
Not only will it add flavour to your dish, but lemons are rich with vitamin C, citric acid, and fiber.
They also help protect people from anemia by ensuring your body can absorb as much iron as possible from your diet. Lemons also improve digestive systems, reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Switch up your snacks
Before you are at the grocery store or prepping your meals and snacks for the week, take inventory of how much food you actually eat while snacking. This will allow you to expand what you have daily, which will all you to gain more essential nutrients without much hassle.
For example, if every day you munch on some baby carrots, replace them with radishes or skip raw vegetables altogether and try steaming your snacks instead.
You can play with flavour and texture to make your favourite comfort foods too. You can always switch out your tater tots with low carb broccoli tots or ditch the Ranch dressing with a Greek yogurt dipping sauce.
Explore your pantry
Use herbs and spices beyond salt and pepper to enhance your meals.
Turn your plain chicken breast into a simple Italian one by putting a dash of rosemary and oregano on it.
Other simple, yet flavourful and healthy spices that make your dishes savoury are chili power curry powder, thyme, paprika, or cayenne pepper.
Spices also are known to curb health aliments. For example, oregano is a great spice to boost your immune system, whereas paprika is rich in antioxidants that can fight off diseases and inflammation.
If you have a sweet tooth try cinnamon nutmeg vanilla extract or coca powder. Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices because it can lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Break your breakfast routine
Your healthy breakfast doesn’t have to consist of plain oatmeal and fruit every day. There are many ways you can shake it up.
For example, you can get the same nutrients from swapping out your oats with quinoa or barley.
Or if you are tired of the same ole yogurt everyday substitute it with ricotta cheese or cottage cheese. Ricotta can also be used as a condiment by topping it on a slice of high fibre toast with a bit of nut butter.
If you love eggs but hate making sunny side up every day, try a variety of recipes such as egg muffins overnight. That way you can just grab them and go.
When it comes to eating healthy, patience is key. At the end of the day, you know your body best and what will work for you. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be redundant or unsustainable. Try these tips to see what makes you your taste buds happy while achieving your dietary goals.