Many people equate eating healthy to bland food and being miserable. But guess what? Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland and boring. I’m NOT a great cook whatsoever, but since eating healthier and eating more fresh, non-processed foods, I’ve at least learned the basics and have found some easy ways to add flavor to my food without the excessive calories.
Here are a few simple ways you can spice up your foods, especially meats:
*Herbs and spices (my favorites are sea salt, garlic, onion powder, pepper, and oregano)
*Pre-made seasonings(Mrsh. Dash, taco packets, etc.)
*Marinades (using vinegar, oil, lime juice, etc.)
*Low sugar/calorie condiments:
-low sugar ketchup
-sugar free bbq sauce
My personal favorites:
Weber’s Blazin’ burger. We use this every week for Friday night burger night. Just use about a teaspoon for a pound of beef and mix it in.
My favorite way to cook chicken is to marinate and grill it. I usually use a marinade of vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, and low sodium soy or teriyaki sauce.
I also love using pre-made seasonings for when I cook it on the skillet or the oven, like this one:
Or using a home made seasoning mix like this one, which is one of my faves:
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tsp chili powder
4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
Check out my Pinterest board for some more great chicken recipes!
For ground turkey-
I love taco seasoning for turkey. I sometimes use a lower sodium taco seasoning, but most of the time I just use a homemade taco seasoning. I don’t measure, just throw in a bunch of onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and paprika. This is my favorite for when I’m lazy or for when I make crockpot chicken, since it’s pretty much all natural ingredients:
As far as condiments go for me, I pretty much use ketchup ALL the time(yes, it can be high in sugar if you’re really being strict, but for me, it’s not a big deal). And for when my chicken turns out bland, all I do is add a bit of this bbq sauce for some flavor. It’s sooo good!
What are you favorite ways to add flavor to food?