| By Jamie Rametta |
People know they should eat healthy.
But there are many reasons it may not happen despite good intentions.
For one, they think it won’t taste good. But nutritious food can — and should — taste delicious. We should make an effort to make our nutritious food enjoyable in order to make the change last.
So how can we make nutrient-rich food taste oh-so-good? Try these 5 tips to jump-start your taste-bud journey:
1. Roast vegetables: Try roasting potato slices, asparagus, cauliflower, eggplant, onions, bell peppers, and/or summer squash in the oven at 375 degrees F with olive oil, dried herbs (such as oregano), salt and pepper for about 25-45 minutes depending on the vegetable and size of the pieces.
2. Use olive oil (OO) and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): Try drizzling a little EVOO over your scrambled eggs with whole grain toast; make a dipping oil for bread with EVOO, herbs, salt and pepper; and use OO in cooking to make those lean proteins (like chicken and turkey breast or fish) moist.
3. Experiment with fresh herbs: Explore using fresh chives on a baked potato with Greek yogurt and reduced-fat shredded cheese; add fresh cilantro on top of shrimp tacos; or sprinkle ribbons of fresh basil on top of a cooked homemade veggie, whole-grain pizza.
4. Be adventurous: Try sesame oil over brown rice; use chocolate hummus as a substitute for icing on cake; buy a purple sweet potato.
5. Use condiments and toppings to add a pop of flavor: Add a few dark chocolate chips to whole grain pancakes; use a little ketchup to bring out the flavor in those homemade, roasted “fries”; spread guacamole on that turkey burger to make it moister; add a sprinkle of hot sauce to your bean taco to make it fiery; or sprinkle cinnamon on your cottage cheese with fruit to make the flavors meld.
Just remember, have fun and be creative. There’s no one right answer to cooking.
Jamie Rametta, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, is a registered dietitian, a lifelong cook and a frequent gym-goer. She’s also a proud dog mom and a newlywed.