How many people believe that all healthy food tastes rather bland while the better something tastes must mean it is worse for you often more greasy?
I would tend to agree – at least to some extent.
But why exactly is it that we think that way?
Despite what many health fanatics say, for most of us, a nice big greasy cheeseburger with extra bacon will always taste better than some low-fat, healthy dish that we whip up at home.
This is because of habit.

 

How to Make Healthy Meals that Still Taste Great

Here in this article, I’m going to show you some different ways you will learn how to cook your meals with less fat, and without sacrificing too much of the taste. It might take you a bit to get used to eating healthier, but when you do, you will be able to have dishes that make your mouth water without all the unnecessary fats in it.
So with that said, let’s dive in and look at a few ways that we can add some flavor to your food.

 

Make Good Use of Herbs and Spices

To help compensate for the lack of taste you have become accustomed to in foods, and since you are going to be using fewer fats to flavor it, you’ll want to spice up your food a bit.
Spices add tons of wonderful flavors and combinations to dishes and depending on the types of herbs and spices that you use; there are a plethora of tasty outcomes waiting for you to try.
If you like hot food, try adding in some cayenne pepper, cumin, chili powder, etc.
Want a fruity and lemony taste?
Squeezing some lemon on fish and poultry can make it quite tasty.
My favorite place to use lemon is on steamed broccoli – healthy and absolutely delicious!
You can also bring out the flavor with some garlic; stir-fried vegetables anyone? It is a quite popular method of adding flavor to many Chinese dishes.
If you have a tomato-based dish that you are making, try throwing some basil in it.
It can also enhance the taste of lean meats for you.

 

Use Good Fats Instead of Bad Fats

Need an example of good fat?
Look no further than coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.
I would recommend coconut oil when you prepare hot dishes – it has a higher smoke point. When using it, you will notice that your dishes will take on a bit of a ‘coconutty‘ taste. Some people may take a bit before you get used to it, the first time I tried cooking chicken breasts in coconut oil I was hooked.

However, do keep in mind that like most things in life, moderation is key.
While these are much more healthy than traditional fats and oils, you don’t want to use too much and unknowingly consume too many calories.

 

Lemon’s Are Your Friend

You’ve probably seen by now that it is relatively popular to use lemons to flavor a variety of dishes.
Whether using the juice or the peel, it can add some great flavor to your recipes.

Here is another way that I highly recommend you to try.

Place a lemon in a freezer bag and put it in your freezer.
Once it is completely frozen, take it out and finely grate it. Yes, that’s right – all of it.
Once that’s done you can place the gratings back in the freezer bag – or another airtight type container – and save for later, either in the fridge or freezer.
It’s great to make lemon flavored water, sprinkle over meats and vegetables, or anywhere else that you want to add a nice burst of lemon flavor.
You can use it on steamed vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, spinach, or even on your salads.

 

Use Plain Yogurt and Strong Flavored Cheeses

Cheeses with a lot of flavors such as Parmesan and Feta are quite low in fat but can add a lot of great taste.
Simply grate some of these cheeses on your dish or cut some thin slices and add them to the side.

Yogurt can also be used to help make your foods tastier.
It is healthy for you (avoid the brands with excessive amounts of sugar), and can be used to substitute for buttermilk and creams in your dishes.
It has less fat than a lot of creams and buttermilk and is quite rich in taste. You will want to make sure that the yogurt you get is strained and plain.

 

Use Gourmet Salt Instead of Normal Table Salt

For anyone that didn’t know, I’m going to be the bearer of bad news.
The regular table salt that you buy in stores is not healthy for you.
There, I said it. I know, I’m evil.

Seriously though, there isn’t any redeeming quality about it.
Most everyone will get their daily intake of salt that their body needs naturally in most of the foods they intake.
I could write an entire article just on salt alone. However, I will leave this one here for now.

If you want or need salt, gourmet salts are the way you want to go.
Himalayan rock salt is a more healthy alternative for you and is excellent for adding flavor to your dishes without piling on an excess amount of sodium.
Some of the other kinds you may wish to try as well are some of the flavored salts, kosher salt, or smoked salt.

 

Try Adding in a Dash of Fat-Free Evaporated Milk

Evaporated milk is a great dairy product substitute in recipes that require thick cream sauces or whipped cream.
Be sure you grab the fat-free evaporated milk though! It’s an excellent substitute for adding flavor without the fat.

If you can stick with it, and follow these tips, you will not only be able to ‘endure’ your low-fat diet, but you will find that your food is delicious.
I know that the lure for unhealthy food will be powerful, especially at first, but if you can make yourself stick with it, you’ll find you will get where you really look forward to your healthy meals and a lot of the unhealthy junk that you use to consume will not sound that great to you at all.

Once you can reliably make food that is low in calories taste great, you’ll find you are much more willing to stick with your low-fat diet, and you will see yourself reaching your health and weight loss goals that you set much faster!

You can do it!