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We often confuse healthy eating with ‘being on a diet.’ The truth is that dieting is not always healthy, and it’s usually not a lot of fun. If you’re looking to make changes to your menu to lose weight or improve your health and well-being, here are some tips to make healthy eating more enjoyable.
Create healthier versions of dishes you love
Many people who embark upon a mission to overhaul their diet do so with a desire to lose weight. If this is your goal, you might assume that you need to give up every food that is ‘bad’ for you. There are some foods that have very little nutritional value, but you don’t have to sacrifice taste and enjoyment to drop pounds or boost nutrition. One brilliant idea to maintain motivation and ensure that you actually enjoy mealtimes is to create healthier versions of dishes you love. Take a burger and fries as an example. You can reduce calorie content and your intake of saturated fat by swapping potato fries for baked sweet potato wedges, replacing a fried beef patty with grilled or roasted lean turkey meat and adding salad leaves and fresh vegetables as a side instead of a bun. Consider the ingredients you use and your cooking methods. Steaming, baking and grilling are usually healthier than frying.
Try new recipes
People often lose motivation when they follow a healthy eating plan because they eat the same foods over and over again and the menu is limited. Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen, have fun and try new recipes. From a whipped ricotta recipe for a dinner party with friends and family to quick, easy pasta and stir fry dishes or tasty and nutritious protein pancakes for brunch on Sundays, there’s scope to add a host of new ingredients to your menu and broaden your horizons whether you’re cooking for your family, or you’re entertaining. Search online, watch TV shows and get ideas from friends, family, neighbors and social media.
Focus on flavor
Flavor holds the key to enjoyment, no matter what kind of meal you’re eating. Healthy dishes don’t have to be bland or boring. It is possible to supercharge nutrition and create a healthy menu that is absolutely packed with flavor. Use recipes for inspiration, add herbs and spices, vary your ingredients and taste and season your food as you are cooking. Often, simple things like adding a crack of black pepper or a pinch of salt can make all the difference if you're making a homemade sauce or rustling up a hearty soup. Experiment with new spices or herbs if you’re cooking curries, casseroles, soups and pasta dishes and adjust recipes to suit your taste.
Modifying your diet can help you to improve nutrition, but it can also open doors in terms of enjoying new foods and flavors. If you’re eager to boost your health and have fun along the way, try new recipes, experiment with different ingredients, look for recipes to inspire you at home and create healthy versions of the dishes you love.