A lot of people who are trying to be healthy, meal prep as a way to be cautious with what they’re eating. Eating healthy isn’t as expensive as you think it is. Read “Eating Healthy On A Budget” to understand how it’s not going to break the bank!
Keeping your meals simple and repetitive can make it easier to stick to. However, eating the same food with the same spices can get boring real fast. I never seem to care about breakfast; I love the same foods for the morning. I do however, enjoy switching up my lunches and dinners.
Are you having difficulty preparing healthy meals that are not only good for your body, but also taste good on your fork? Many people have a tough time trying to figure out how to make healthy foods taste delicious. People wrongly assume that only unhealthy food tastes great, while healthy food tastes less flavourful, smells unappealing, and looks blah on you plate. BUT, they’re completely wrong. You can make any type of food taste delicious, you just need to know how to cook and use what you have in the kitchen.
Let me tell you how to make your dish “pop” with flavour!
Stop Thinking Of It As “Healthy Food”
A lot of people think of “healthy food” they right away think of boring foods, bland, tasteless or diet food. First of all I don’t believe in diets. I believe in having a balanced lifestyle, which means you can enjoy more foods than just chicken, rice and broccoli.
So, starting now let’s switch up the words in our head. Change our thinking from the word “healthy” or “diet”, to fresh, whole foods, nourishing, or any other words that appeal to you!
Don’t be Afraid to Use Fat, Sugar & Salt in Your Cooking
Biggest and most common mistakes I see people making is having the fear of using fat, sugar, or even salt in their cooking. Just because we’re trying to eat healthy, doesn’t mean you have to completely get rid of the good stuff.
Everything comes down to balance, but also there are “better” options out there. Use 100% Olive Oil, Flaxseed Oil, or Coconut Oil instead of butter. etc. There are always ways of modifying ingredients, and if you need some butter in your dish, you will be okay!
Never be afraid to use some sugar or honey in your oats, or using some salt in for your dinner marinade. You can make great foods with the seasons and sauces you want. Just be mindful of certain sauces as they do have lots of fat. However, a small amount goes a long way.
Spices & Herbs Are Key
Spices and herbs are an amazing way of changing up the flavour without adding a lot of extra calories or hurting your macro intake for the day. Spices and herbs are good for your every day meals. They add 0 fat to your meals and only a tad amount of carbs. Always look at the indigents and try not to buy generic ones. Those can have extra preservatives and salt.
Spices is a great way to add flavour to any dish! Add some to your proteins like, eggs, pork, chicken, steak. etc. It’s a perfect way to make your food less bland. You can also take it to the next level, which is combining spices to create endless flavour possibilities. Here are some combos to create your perfect dish around the world!
Mexican Flavour Spice Mix:
Make a dry rub with some cumin, delicious garlic powder, chipotle and cilantro. This is great on meat or could be added into your rice. If you’re making taco bowls with ground beef, sauté some onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Veggies have so many flavours! Top it with some jalapeños. BAM! Amazingness in a bowl.
Italian Spice Mix:
Mix in a small bowl, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, and oregano. This is perfect to use for flavouring meats or even mix into some tomato sauce to make your own delightful pasta sauce!
This can be used for meats or mix into tomato sauce to make your own pasta sauce. Yum!
Thai Curry Spice Mix:
In a bowl add basil, garlic powder, curry powder, ginger, and cumin. This makes a great seasoning for meats or even carbs like your rice. I’m a huge fan of cooking my rice with some coconut milk! SO delicious!
Fruit may seem simple, but people do tend to forget. Chop up mango and add into your next salsa or salad. Also, don’t forget to zest lemon, lime, and oranges! Great things to add into your dishes. With some remaining juice! These flavours can go a long way.
Jamie prepared the BEST flank steak marinade. You can modify it to your preference. Perfect flavour and the steak is always so juicy.
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup Soy sauce
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Lemon juice
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste.
My mother-in-law makes really good Tandoori Chicken, with the best flavours by making her own sauce to smother the chicken in. Plain greek yogurt with Tandoori seasoning and you rub it all over the chicken before you cook it, you could add some curry in the dressing as well, whatever you want to make it flavourful.
Mixing honey and Sriracha make a really good chicken sauce in the pan. It gets thick and taste like a chicken wing sauce.
You can make so many different sorts of marinades!
Condiments and Extras Things To Make Your Food “Pop”
Some condiments I enjoy that have amazing flavours.
Good-quality condiments such as horseradish, flavoured mustard, chutney, wasabi, bean purees, and salsas of all kinds. Salsa’s and low sodium soy sauce are great.
Sautéing veggies really help bring out the flavours, like onions, peppers, mushrooms. The veggies that don’t have a ton of flavour like spinach, broccoli and brussel sprouts, sauté them as well but add in some herbs and spices to make it top notch. I also really enjoyed roasting my vegetables, with adding in some carbs, such as sweet potatoes, mixed with carrots, onions, brussel sprouts, etc. SO GOOD!:)
Play around with it. Spices, herbs, and veggies are your friends when meal prepping. You need to enjoy your food as much as you can. Stop worrying about calories, just use certain things in moderation and with you cooking your own meals, you know exactly how much of what you’re adding into your recipes.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to add carbs into your dish! Avoiding carbs in not the answer. I love completing my dish with some sort of carb. Rice, sweet potatoes, white potatoes etc. There are so many ways to make it different, so enjoy each and every single one. Example, you can mash the sweet potatoes, but also make really good homemade sweet potato fries. Don’t forget to season it with spices or sprinkle some parsley leaves when it’s out of the oven.
Enjoy making your foods taste good! I try to keep all my meals as clean as can be, but I’m more open to indulge a bit more with dinners. 🙂 Don’t deprive yourself! There are so many healthy ways to make your food fun and enjoyable.
I think you should read “Diet VS Lifestyle” so you can understand both terms correctly.
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