5 Ways to Add Pizzazz to Your Diet

By Nicole German (RD, LD)

3003-boring-diet.jpgFollowing a diet routine can be a smart way to focus on weight loss.

However, it is easy for the routine to become boring.

Here are a few ways to liven up your food choices so that you can stay satisfied, yet on track with your health goals.

5 Healthy Yet Flavorful Tips

  1. Tired of chicken? Try pork tenderloin (if you eat pork) as it is considered a very lean meatthat is similar in nutrition to a chicken breast.4 oz pork tenderloin = 150 calories, 6 g fat, 23 g protein
  2. Spices and Herbs:Onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, parsley, oregano, basil, cumin, and salt-free blends like Mrs. Dash are great ways to add a punch of flavor without the calories.Also, try Mrs. Dash brand marinades with are salt-free. Try other seasoning blends, but check the ingredient label for salt so you know how much sodium you are adding to your foods.
  3. Add Some Heat: Red pepper flakes, chili powder, Tabasco, Cholula, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can add some kick to your meal.The chemical called capsaicin found in spicy foods has been shown to help you eat less at that meal and even boost the metabolism slightly. Not only do you get flavor, but you get a weight loss bonus!
  4. Key Flavor-packed Ingredients: Minced garlic, shallots, onion flakes, fresh chopped red onion, lemon juice, light vinaigrette’s, balsamic vinegar, dried fruit, nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives are staples to keep stocked at home.These are key ingredients for many recipes. By just adding a few shallots and a splash of balsamic to vegetables, you can have a whole new flavor.
  5. Try New Recipes: Don’t be afraid to try new recipes to get out of a diet rut. Cook one new meal per week to add excitement for your palate.A few good recipe resources are: EatingWell, Clean Eating Magazine, and Food Network’s Healthy Eating site. Or, try cooking foods in season so that you will always have a new vegetable or fruit to try to incorporate.

Do you have any additional tips to prevent dietary boredom?

5 Comments

  1. Jim

    Even better if you are growing your own herbs.

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  2. Benjamin Raucher

    Some really good points made here

    BENJAMIN RAUCHER

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  3. Linda

    Trying out different spices changes things up! I just found ground chipotle peppers in the spice aisle and its awesome. I’ve used it in my glaze on my turkey meatloaf, sprinkled on barbecued, skinless chicken and its great. Also, try fresh herbs. Different herbs will give you new flavors on foods like roasted vegetables and fish.

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  4. Spectra

    I eat a lot of pork, actually–it’s a lot cheaper than beef, my husband also likes it (he’s not a huge chicken fan) and I can buy it locally-raised and hormone/antibiotic free from my butcher. It’s pretty tasty, that’s for sure.

    I also sometimes use a squirt of Dijon mustard and a dash of vinegar on my salad instead of salad dressing–it’s very tangy and doesn’t have as many calories.

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  5. O.

    I agree with you Nicole. My dad is from Louisiana and I grew up seeing him put Tabasco hot sauce on everything. So now I use hot sauce as a way to perk up foods without adding fat and calories. I especially like the combo of sweet and hot flavors together.

    I like other spices and condiments also.

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