Hi Everyone! I know I’ve been MIA lately, but today there is a good reason for that… I’m hiking in Ecuador! I cannot wait to tell you all about our fabulous adventure.
I didn’t want you to feel lonely, so today I have a fabulous post for you from Bridget all about making “Diet” food delicious and satisfying. I totally love all of her points and try to use them in my own diet too!
A lot of people fail at making healthy changes to their diet because they think that they have to diet. They think they have to live on salads and carrot sticks, and they soon become bored and unfulfilled by their daily menu, leading them to give in to cravings and to binge on unhealthy foods.
It is important to make real change to your diet in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. That means passing on fad diets and choosing healthy foods and activities that promote optimal wellness. One way to make sure that you can stick to these new healthy changes is to find ways to make even healthy, so-called “diet” foods taste delicious and filling so that you don’t become bored or feel deprived by your food.
Here are a few ideas for how you can do that:
Don’t Shy Away from Spices <– (my favorite idea!)
Spice is the variety of your diet. You can make steamed broccoli taste delicious by sautéing it with garlic. Bland cauliflower can become much more interesting by cooking them in a curry.
Anything you eat can take on more flavor and become more appetizing by choosing the right spices for it. Use spices liberally to give your foods more flavor and to make your dishes more diverse.
Some spices can even have health-promoting properties on their own, helping you to meet your wellness goals. For example, cinnamon can help you control your blood-sugar levels and garlic can help you to fight inflammation.
Use Natural Sweeteners
Nothing tastes quite as good as a sweet treat, but indulging in too many sugary foods can be bad for your health. You don’t have to call off sweet foods altogether. Instead, you can use natural sweeteners in your foods to make them feel like the real thing, satisfying your sweet tooth and your tummy.
For example, instead of adding sugar to your smoothie, you can throw in a couple of dates. Instead of sprinkling sugar on your oatmeal, you can drizzle a little raw honey.
While you can’t eat these natural sweeteners in excess either, you can enjoy them in moderation without guilt, and they will make you feel like you are eating the real thing.
Crunchy fried foods are comfort foods for a lot of us. There’s something so satisfying about the crunch of a French fry or chicken strip, followed by the savory oils. However, fried foods are some of the worst foods for you to eat.
You can make healthy foods seem more tasty and more satisfying by “frying” them with
healthier alternatives, such as coating them with coconut shavings or crumbled whole grain flakes and baking them. The result will be a crispy treat that seems sinful but is missing a lot of the calories and fat of its fried cousin.
Add Protein or Healthy Fats
Meals that consist of little more than carbs by satisfying your taste buds, but they won’t satisfy your hunger. You may feel full at first, but your blood sugar levels will soon go on a roller coaster ride, and you’ll be feeling snackish again very quickly. In order to feel more full and more satisfied by what you’re eating, you need to have enough proteins and healthy fats in the dish.
Make sure you always add both to every meal and snack you eat. Some good choices include lean meats like chicken and turkey, nuts and seeds, nut butter, cheese, low-fat dairy, avocado, and coconut oil.
Try New Things
If you’re bored with your diet, it isn’t going to satisfy you, and you are going to be much more likely to veer off course. You can’t eat the same thing every day, and you can’t stick to plain, unappetizing foods. Grilled chicken and steamed broccoli isn’t going to sustain you night after night.
Branch out and try new recipes. Look for ideas online or check out a few healthy cookbooks from your local library. The more things you try, the more dishes you will find that satisfy your appetite and your cravings. You’ll be able to rotate these to keep your menu interesting and to keep your wandering eye in check.
If you stick to “diet” foods that are plain and bland, you aren’t going to stick to a healthy diet for very long. Use these simple tips to help you make any healthy food or dish more appetizing and satisfying so that you can stick to your new healthy lifestyle.
What other ways do you make so-called “diet” foods seem more interesting or delicious? Share your tips in the comments!
About the Author:
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the option of a France cooking school. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.