Following 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?