Stop cooking diet food!
Are you eating boneless skinless chicken and salad again?? Snooze! When making a lifestyle change, you need to enjoy the food you’re eating in order to be able to keep up with the changes long-term. If you don’t get enough variety you can easily start to fall into the “just another salad, ugh!” rut! We’ll share some our favorite ways to keep your meals feeling and tasting fresh, new and fun, to ensure you don’t get bored of your fresh, healthy meals. It is inevitable that there will be new recipes you try that you do not enjoy. Remember, this is part of the learning process and we’re here to help you find more and more recipes you’ll enjoy and look forward to eating!
Fat = Flavor
Are you eating egg whites, plain steamed vegetables with no butter or oil? People still don’t realize that they don’t need to be afraid of fat. Fat is a flavor carrier. Butter, bacon, and fatty meats, as long as they are grass-fed, are luxuries that standard “healthy” diets do not offer. Fat does not make you fat. What it does do, however, is make your real food diet far more delicious than any diet out there. It makes you feel satisfied and keeps you fuller longer. Pastured bacon and whole eggs beat an egg white omelette any day of the year.
Butter is ideal for cooking eggs and making pan sauces. Buy unsalted, grass-fed butter so that you can control the saltiness. Try making an herb or garlic butter and use it on top of your veggies.
Oil Drizzle some olive oil onto your food at the end of the cooking process. Do not overheat it. Olive oil is perfect for drizzling over roasted vegetables or for making salad dressing. You can also use it to lightly cook spinach, as long as you keep the heat low.
This oil can handle high heat. Use coconut oil to sear meat, make curries, and pan fry salmon tor chicken.
Pastured bacon makes everything better! Bake your bacon at 350° in a cast iron pan and then cook your meat or eggs in the fat. You can also use the bacon in salads, greens, or anything else.
Avocados are creamy, rich, and satisfying. Eat them with your eggs in the morning or add them to your salads. Since hummus and dairy-based dips are out, guacamole is a great alternative.
Spice up your life!
Adding a different fresh herb or spice to an old recipe can completely change a meal, as does just adding fresh herbs in the first place. A basic mixed greens salad or chopped salad will taste entirely different with some fresh basil, mint, cilantro, dill, parsley and so on. Don’t be scared to try a new herb. The same goes for new spices. Spice blends in particular can be an easy and great new addition to your culinary repertoire.
Salt and Pepper
The most important thing you can do to add flavor to your food is to properly use salt and pepper. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be afraid of salt, especially if you aren’t eating any processed foods. Properly seasoned food doesn’t taste salty. It just tastes yummy. When using broths and butter, stick to the low-sodium varieties so you can control the flavor of your food.
Adding an element to your plate that breaks up the texture is another way to keep food interesting. If everything is soft, add something crispy / crunchy or vice versa. Instead of cooking two cups of broccoli with your salmon, have a cup of broccoli with a crunchy salad. Add a bit of cheese to your salad to make it more satisfying. Add crunchy nuts to a stir-fry or a salad. Try raw veggies with a bowl of chili to give you some much-needed crunch.
Are you eating chicken and vegetables everyday? That’s going to get old real quick and we want you to enjoy your food so you can stick with it long term. If you are picky, encourage yourself to try new foods prepared different ways. Be open to new foods and you might surprise yourself!! Switching up your food regularly also exposes you to more nutrients to help your metabolism stay in fat burning mode.
Pucker Up: Add Some Acid
Sometimes, food seems to just be “missing something.” A lot of times, it’s missing a squeeze of lemon or a splash of vinegar. Acid works a lot like salt in that it tends to bring out all the flavors of the food. Add some vinegar to your kale, for example, and you’ll be surprised at how much better it tastes.
Dressings, sauces and dips
This is an easy way to keep foods interesting and delicious! Add a fresh tasting dip, sauce or dressing to a vegetable based meal and you can transform the meal completely! Learning how to make new dressings, sauces and dips is one of the best ways to stay on path with a healthy lifestyle. They can be poured over salads, smothered over piping hot cooked veggies, eaten on their own as a snack or a soup, add bulk to any veggie meal, and make the same salad base taste completely di erent every time.
Switch up your veggies
Shake up the way you cut! If you always chop your vegetables into small cubes, try sticks, grating and shaving, or food process your veggies into a grain-like texture. Spiralize your zucchini, carrot, beetroot or sweet potato into “pasta” and either eat with a fresh veggie sauce or dip or toss into a salad with your other veg.
• Roast or grill vegetables
• Steam or boil with butter or olive oil, salt and pepper
• Enjoy raw veggies alone on the side or with a healthy dip
• Salads- change up your salads (Caesar, Greek, tossed, fruit salad, spinach, etc) so you don’t get bored.
• Stir-fry-for a quick tasty side, add coconut oil, butter or olive oil to any veggies you have on hand and stir-fry them for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and any other spices you enjoy.
Eating an optimal diet should never be boring. Using the right ingredients and techniques will allow you to cook food that is both nutritious and tasty. Get on board the Simply For Life flavor train and take your lifestyle change to a whole new, delicious level!