We all remember watching our mothers cooking and wondering how they got their meals to taste so great. The answer was usually adding butter, cheese, sugar or cream, which is, of course, delicious but adds loads of calories to the meal. This article will teach you how you can add flavour to your healthy meals without adding loads of calories to ensure that you stick to your healthy weight loss plan.
This is valuable to all of those who have taken on a safe and effective weight loss programme. Being a foodie on a diet can be difficult, especially if you don’t know how to add a much-needed punch of flavour without tipping the scales in the wrong direction. The benefit of many of these following ingredients is that they may even aid your weight loss efforts. Remember, a healthy diet benefits more than just your body, but can improve your mood and happiness too!
Learn When to Season
Many people think a sprinkling of salt at the end of their food preparation is all it takes, and while too much salt is bad for you, just enough can add unrivalled flavour that is naturally present in the rest of the ingredient. Be sure to add salt from the beginning until the end, remember to be light handed because you can always add more but you cannot take it out. Weight loss doctors will advise that you to use as little salt as possible, so to get bang for your buck be sure to use it at the right time.
Salting early on in the cooking process is important, especially when working with proteins like chicken or beef which won’t absorb salt throughout if not seasoned before cooking starts which will make for a bland dish. The same goes for any other spices you wish to add to your dish, add them at the start, and repeat occasionally until the end.
Don’t be Afraid to Add Some Fire
Chillies are your friends in terms of flavour and weight loss efforts. Chillies have a chemical (neurotoxin) in them called capsaicin. This makes them taste hot. It stimulates the adrenal glands to release hormones, delivering a mouth-watering jolt.
You can use multiple ingredients to add a pleasant punch, like black pepper for a mild bite or cayenne for some real kick. It also helps to reduce cravings for sweet and fatty food while increasing the rate of your metabolism thereby increasing the rate at which you burn the calories of the meals you add chillies too. It’s win-win!
How to prepare chillies?
- To make rings slice a sharp knife across the entire chilli.
- To make thin strands, slice the green top off the chilli, then remove the seeds with a knife or teaspoon. With the chilli skin-side down, slice long ways into thin shreds.
- To make finely-diced pieces, cut the shreds across into even cubes.
Create Balance by Introducing Acidity
Preparing tasty, freshly made meals is all about creating a balance of flavours that dance across the palate. Many times people add salt and/or sweet but forget to introduce the much-needed acidity to add a fresh zing to your meals. If you do so with citrus, add some juice from a lime or lemon and be sure to add some of the zest too for an additional flavour profile.
Acidity is a fancy term for how sour the dish is. That sour taste in your mouth occurs when the acid meets water and releases hydrogen ions. Classic French or Italian dressings, like hollandaise, mayonnaise and bearnaise all incorporate that acidic element. A bowl of salad wouldn’t taste all that great with just oil on it, but the addition of vinegar or lemon juice makes it a winning combination.
What foods or flavours add acidity (sourness) to a dish?
- Lemons and Lime are definitely the most popular. But grapefruits, mandarins, tangerines, pomelo, and even Buddha’s Hand offer amazing variations.
- Vinegar – and there are at least a dozen different types. Have you tried red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, or rice vinegar? Or how about a gourmet variety, like 20-year-old balsamic vinegar or deep black fig vinegar?
- Tamarind, Underripe fruits
- anything pickled
- Amchoor powder (an Indian spice made from dried mango)
Fresh Herbs are Always Welcome
Every healthy meal could do with a scattering of herbs, this will add flavour and a unique taste experience to each dish. Herbs also add nutrients like vitamin C and K, as well as iron and calcium, antioxidants and minerals.
Even weight loss doctors will tell you that food is fuel and is made to be enjoyed which you can still do while following a healthy weight loss plan with a little bit of know-how. For more information on a healthy weight loss plan developed by weight loss doctors contact Slender Wonder.
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