Healthy food can be tasty too, let an expert tell you how

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Every one of us wants to indulge in healthy eating but fail to do it because it is almost flavourless. The idea of healthy eating never sounds appealing because it conjures up images of plain steamed vegetables or a bowl of bland tasting salad. However, this is a mere misconception that has people turning their backs to healthy eating. Healthy food can also taste good.

You can satiate your palate with healthy food, if you use the right ingredients and cook it smartly. There are numerous ways to add that zing to your meal. The two most easy and important ones are: start with the best possible ingredients. When the ingredients used is fresh and of best quality, it enhances the flavours and texture of the dish. The second key to making healthy food taste good is to learn how to cook smartly and season them.

Many people set out to eat healthy but become frustrated when they feel deprived and uninspired by the food. Focusing so much energy on counting calories and the food you shouldnt eat can feel overly restricting. Shifting the focus away from diets and calorie counting towards an overall healthy lifestyle and healthy eating choices gives you the flexibility to try new things, enjoy food in moderation, and ultimately make healthy eating a permanent lifestyle change.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you force feed yourself kale and tofu just because it has extra nutrient and protein value to it. Healthy eating is never boring if you eat what you like, so do just that. Listen to your internal cues about which foods really satisfy your hunger. If you’re craving junk food, just find a healthy substitution to your favourite meal. Pizza, for example, is considered junk but actually is quite nourishing.

It has got tomato sauce, fresh cheese, herbs, vegetables and olive oil. What makes it unhealthy is the refined flour dough. Switch it with whole wheat flour to make it healthier. Similarly use spiraliser to make carrot, zucchini or even radish noodles. Balance is the way towards healthy lifestyle. So, if there is an ingredient that would make your dish taste better, add a small amount in it.

Using a small amount of bacon to flavour a soup or a sprinkling of soft cheese on a salad helps develop the flavour of the dish without making it an unhealthy choice. Sometimes all we need is a change in texture to make the mundane merry. For example, make your morning meal crunchy by adding sunflower or pumpkin seeds to yogurt or oatmeal. It will not only add flavour, but essential fatty acids as well.

Other healthy sources of crunch include chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds or nuts. You can also reinvent your dish by adding herbs and spices. A fresh herb added towards the end of cooking elevates the flavour without adding extra calories, fat or salt. Above are some of the ways to spice up your boring healthy food. But the more time you spend preparing food, and the more comfortable you become experimenting with new food, the less boring healthy eating becomes.

h/t www.indiatoday.in

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