boost flavor-without calories

Boost Flavor Without Calories

It does seem that the most unhealthy foods are also the most flavorful! But there are ways to make your healthy diet more exciting to your palate by adding flavor sans additional calories. Here are scrumptious and healthy suggestions!

Garlic. With its earthy and herbal flavor, this bulb can be used in a variety of ways to liven up any dish! Sautee in olive oil for sauteed vegetables, soups, and stews; boil crushed cloves with pasta or whole grains; mince and add to a bottle of vinaigrette; make a paste with a bit of salt to add to dips, sauces, rubs, and marinades; 

Ginger. When used fresh, the peppery and refreshing zing of ginger adds a delightful character to broths and marinades, and even fresh juices, smoothies, yogurt, and muffins!

Lemons and Limes. Add zing to crisp salads, roasted vegetables, chicken, and fish using citrus. You can also make it more interesting by squeezing grapefruits, oranges, or tangerines onto your dishes! Simply drizzle directly or mix with your marinades or sauces. 

Celery. This crunchy vegetable is an aromatic and calorie-free flavor-booster! Add it to casseroles, soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, and even pasta for a tasty and surprising twist! 

Fresh herbs. You’ll have to do a bit of research to find out which herbs go well with what dish – as the flavorsome possibilities of fresh herbs are endless! Compared to their dried counterparts, fresh herbs have a lighter character in terms of both taste and aroma. Garnish fresh fruits and vegetables; toss into salads, soups, and smoothies; add to dry rubs and marinades; or sautee in olive oil and use with scrambled eggs, chicken, and fish. 

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