In an effort to make our food taste as good as possible, we sometimes
add unnecessary calories to our meals. Oils, dressings, and sauces
certainly can liven up a meal, but it comes with a price. Calories and
fat are staples in those types of items, making a potentially healthy
meal, a meal that could add pounds that you don’t want.
Here are some ways to spice up the flavor of your meals while still maintaining a healthy diet:
Lemon Juice- Lemon Juice adds a
zesty taste to your meal and goes well with salads or chicken dishes.
Also, if you are thirsty but looking for some flavor, instead of
reaching for the bottle of sugary juice, just add some lemon juice to a
glass of water.
Herbs- For the most part herbs are
extremely low in calories (<1 per tablespoon), but they pack a lot
of flavor. Herbs like Rosemary, Basil, and Dill are ideal for salads and
are healthier alternatives for the creamy dressings you may use, and
could also add to the presentation of your dish.
Fresh Ginger- At only two calories
per teaspoon, ginger has a unique blend of spice, flavor, and zest.
Many times we find ourselves using it only when it accompanies our sushi
meal, but it’s capable of so much more! Ginger can be used in your
dessert, marinade, or juice, and its versatility extends to being used
for medicine to treat upset stomachs, nausea, and other digestive
Cinnamon- Cinnamon is great for
adding to snacks and drinks. Top off your coffee, yogurt, nuts, or
oatmeal with cinnamon to add the flavor you’re looking for without the
calories. Cinnamon has two calories per teaspoon but more times than
not, you won’t even need to use that much.
These are just a few of the many alternatives there
are for adding flavor to your meal but not the calories. Never be
afraid to experiment with different spices and flavors in order to find
what you like best, as well as what you probably should stay away from.
If you have any additional ways to add flavor to your meal feel free to
add them in the box below!
Links: health.com, thekitchn.com