By Ana Margarita Olar | Foodfindsasia.com
Who says that being on a healthy diet robs you out of flavourful food experience? Choosing healthy meals doesn’t mean you have to endure eating bland foods every time. Here are some tips to have a delicious yet nutritious diet:
- Crispy baked, instead of crispy fried. Who says that the only way to enjoy crispy fried is through deep frying and loading your heart with unwanted cholesterol? You can try oven frying: dip your meat, fish, or vegetables in milk or egg, roll in seasoned flour or breading mix, spray with vegetable oil like canola or olive oil. Place on the wire rack set on a baking sheet and set the oven at 425° to 450° until crispy. You have slashed about 40 % of calories on two pieces oven fried chicken compared to a deep fried chicken.
- Put out that salt shaker. The USDA recommended sodium consumption is 1 tsp of salt per day. When you think about it, it’s not even enough to make one meal flavourful. Plus, add the fact the hidden sources of sodium we consume every day such as those found in canned goods, dried fish, chips and other snacks. The way of keeping with this guideline is tricky. Replace sodium on your meal by adding lemon or lime to your dish. Or use herbs and spices for the most wanted flavour kick.
- Cook creamy dishes without a heavy cream. When you want to eat pesto pasta, fettuccine, salads, carbonara, all have something in common. They are loaded with heavy and high-calorie cream. Is there still a way of enjoying these dishes and still be on a diet? Of course! You can try making the velvety sauce by combining low-fat milk and flour. The flour will make it thick and mimics the consistency of cream. Combine 1 cup with 4 tsp all-purpose flour, whisk over medium heat until bubbling and thick.
- Add grains or vegetables to meat dishes. You can still enjoy meatloaf and burger patties while avoiding gaining that unwanted weight by adding brown rice or diced vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, and peppers to meatballs, meatloaf and burger patties. It bulks up your meat and at the same time adds texture to the meat. Try adding ¾ to 1 cup cooked grains or diced vegetables for each pound of meat.
- Enjoy a diet home-made ice cream. Use low-fat milk thickened with gelatine. It has almost the same texture as the regular ice cream but cuts out 90 calories per half cup serving.