Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Humpday Hint: Healthy Ways to Enhance Flavour

Contributing Author: Gentle Heron

With Christmas just past (While a number of us may be sleeping off our food comas or groaning about falling off our diets), and yet another feasting opportunity is coming up at the end of the month, this may seem a strange time to discuss food flavouring techniques, but think about it. After eating all those rich, tasty, decadent foods, it might be a bit of a let-down to go back to ordinary everyday eating. Except it doesn't have to be ordinary. Try these suggestions to add some sparkle to your meals. You can surprise your taste buds with these healthy, appealing tips.

Add flavor to your meals with herbs, spices, or low-fat marinades—bay leaf, chili powder, garlic, ginger, dry mustard, marjoram, black or white pepper or sage. Skip the salt. You won’t need it.

Poach boneless skinless chicken breasts or fish fillets in low-fat and no-salt vegetable or broth or unsweetened fruit juice. Add fresh herbs to the liquid, such as basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley or thyme, for even more flavor.

Top a broiled chicken breast or poached fish with homemade salsa (chopped vegetables and/or fruits).

If your breakfast cereal or dessert needs sweetening, avoid adding sugar. Instead, add a little cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla.

Bon appetit!

Image sources: Spices photo by Elocin91 (Pixabay) and Trout with Vegetables by RitaE (Pixabay)

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