By: Tatiana Britton
Healthy Food Options Tasting Dull? Try This!
When the discussion of eating healthier and making better nutritional choices comes up with my clients, many of them imagine a diet consisting of broccoli, chicken and rice; every morning, every night. Now, if I am being honest, I typically eat “boring” foods because I am not a big foodie. However, most people eat to enjoy the taste and fear that eating healthier means they must compromise good taste. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here are 5 easy and quick tips that I like to implement myself or recommend to clients when they are needing a little extra spruce to their meal prep.
1. Sodium, Salt-Free Mrs. Dash is your friend!
This can be easily added to your lean meats, eggs, on top of avocado toast; the list is endless. There is a huge variety of flavors available, too, so that you won’t get bored. You can now season your food without worrying about your sodium intake going through the roof! My favorite one is the Garlic & Herb.
2. Oil is out, air fryer is in!
Air fryers are an awesome tool to satisfying your fried food cravings without the added butter, oil and/or breading. There are air fryers available, at an inexpensive price, on Amazon. You can easily top your chicken with seasonings (such as the one mentioned above) alongside some sweet potato slices and in a short amount of time you will have fried chicken and sweet potato fries in a much healthier manner.
3. It’s crockpot season!
Crockpots are great kitchen tools all year long, but they become even more appetizing come the colder months. There is an abundance of slow cooker recipes available online. Many of them are great choices but be weary of the ones that require a lot of heavy sauces, high sodium stocks and minimal nutrient density. Crockpot recipes are a guaranteed way to add healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates if done with mindfulness. A few of my favorite recipes that you can find online are crockpot chicken fajitas (paired with low carb, high fiber tortillas) and slow cooker turkey chili (easy way to add high fiber beans, colored peppers, low sodium broth for a delicious, warm meal).
4. Spruce up your fresh fruits and vegetables
If you are anything like the rest of us, fruits and vegetables can start getting bland and redundant. An easy option is to pair up your vegetables with a hummus dip and your fruits with an almond butter. These are both decent protein sources and are healthier options as opposed to ranch dressing or sweet dips. Make sure you are properly measuring out your portions, as they can add substantial calories if you are only eyeballing your “tablespoon”.
5. Think outside of the box!
Once again, use that internet resource that you have at the tip of your fingers! Have you ever heard of black bean brownies, avocado ice cream, zoodles (zucchini noodles), black bean burgers?! There are so many replacement options available so that you can still enjoy the foods you love while also getting additional health benefits and staying within your recommended caloric intake. If you need help with thinking outside of the box, chat with one of us Pulse Fitness Coaches and we can help steer you into some creative thinking.
Whether you are preparing for a fitness challenge or just trying to live a healthier life, it doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to compromise good tasting food for healthy food. If you are needing some help staying on track, sign up for our November and December fitness challenges which will allow you to eat tasty foods AND shed the fat.