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Add Flavor, Not Calories

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 issues.

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!



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Binge Eating: Dieter’s Worst Nightmare

Let’s face it. One of the biggest traps we fall into when trying to lose weight is when stress, real life, or plain old desire leaves us heading towards the cupboard and consuming more calories than we know we should. Don’t let binge eating sabotage your diet; follow these simple steps to keep yourself on track.

It’s Not Over: We are most susceptible to binge eating when we feel all is lost and there’s no reason to continue the weight loss journey. Staying dedicated and not giving up on your diet, albeit difficult, may be exactly what you need to break through the wall you feel has been holding you back.

Don’t Play Catch Up: When we skip meals during the day, we have a tendency to try carry those missed calories over to the next meal. Instead of waiting to eat, have smaller meals during the day. Try to incorporate foods high in fiber –like fruits and vegetables- to ensure that you feel full after your meal.

Don’t Worry About It: Find a stress reliever that doesn’t include food at all. A 20-minute walk can be just as effective as a pint of ice cream.

Get Back On Track: If you slip up, it’s not the end of the world! In fact, it happens to the best of us. Start tomorrow or the next meal with renewed vigor and vow to be more conscious of portion sizes and nutritional values in the future.

Leave a comment in the box below if you have any other tips for fellow dieters on their weight loss journey and how you stay away from binge eating. 

Sources: Shape, WebMD