Strategies To Make Healthy Food Taste Better


How To Make Healthy Food Taste Better

One of the things I wish I would’ve understood better when I started to focus on nutrition was how to make healthy food taste better! I’m sure you’ve read in my other posts about my minimally-nutritious upbringing. If you’re like me then you’ve probably always struggled to find a way to make those pesky vegetables taste like something worth eating.
Eating a nutritious diet is tough for most people, but it doesn’t have to be. The first step towards making it much easier is realizing that:
  •  Not EVERYTHING you eat has to be chicken and broccoli, like most fitness “experts” would have you believe
  • When you DO eat chicken and broccoli, you can actually make it taste great if you cook it right!

I thought I would take a little time to share with you a handful of strategies i’ve used to make my diet MUCH more enjoyable. If you implement a few of these i’m sure you’ll discover a newfound love for foods you once thought were “meh”.

Strategies To Make Your Diet Enjoyable


1. Learn how to use the force. AKA—Spices.

This is probably the number 1 thing you can do to make your healthy food taste delicious. I can’t believe I was so oblivious to using spices gratuitously with the food I prepare. Seriously though, just adding a little spice to a plate of veggies COMPLETELY changes how they taste. Here’s a couple of ideas:
  • garlic powder makes just about anything savory taste delicious. Veggies, Eggs, you name it.
  • onion powder goes GREAT on eggs along with seasoned salt.
  • rosemary and thyme on steak will BLOW YOUR MIND.
  • next time you stir-fry veggies, add seasoned salt, olive oil, and garlic powder. Prepare for a mouthgasm.

2. Master the art of the slow cooker.

Meat cooked in a slow cooker tastes AMAZING. Cooking chicken over a period of 8 hours instead of frying it in a pan in 10 minutes makes a world of difference. Try putting a can of black beans, a bottle of franks hot sauce, some ranch dressing mix, and a bunch of chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Return home after work and be amazed. Some of my favorite healthy slower cooker meals are:

  • Buffalo Shredded Chicken
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
  • Pulled Pork
  • Slow Cooker Rump/Pot Roast
  • Minestrone Soup W/ Choice Of Protein


3. Use condiments, the extra calories wont kill you.

I don’t know about you, but i’d MUCH rather spend an additional 50 calories for a few tablespoons of bbq sauce with my chicken than trying to choke the stuff down dry. Seriously, just adding some bbq or ranch to whatever you’re eating can take you from having to jam the stuff down your throat to actually enjoying what you eat (GASP).

One thing I love to do when I go out for a fast-food meal is request EXTRA SAUCE and put some in the fridge for later! You’ll have handy, single-serving sauces on hand for when you decide to bbq a few chicken breasts.


4. Stevia is your best friend if you’re addicted to sugar (like me).

Go buy this stuff from the store. It seriously tastes exactly like sugar, but with zero calories and way more sweetness—so you can use a lot less and still let your inner fat kid out. Here’s a couple of ways that I like to use it:

  • Sprinkled on strawberries, grapefruit, or oranges
  • added to oatmeal along with chocolate protein powder for a very dessert-y porridge
  • anywhere i’d normally use real sugar to sweeten


5. When in doubt, make a skillet out of it.

This is one of my favorite techniques. If you’re like me you are probably:

  • short on time
  • not an amazing cook
  • not sure how to combine all the healthy ingredients you have into something edible

Solution: Make a skillet. Throw a bunch of eggs, meat, and whatever veggies you have into a pan with a bit of olive oil and just heat it all up! I LOVE to experiment with this and most of the time you’ll wind up with something delicious that is easy to cook in large quantities and save in tupperware for later. Admittedly, be prepared to have it turn out pretty terrible once in a blue moon if you experiment like I do.

Well, there you have it—some of my favorite ways to make healthy food taste better. If  you give these a try you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the fact that “healthy” food CAN taste fantastic. You’ll start wondering why you ever wasted precious calories eating Doritos…….lets be real, Ruffles > Doritos ANY DAY.

About the author

I'm an ex-pudgy teenager who discovered fitness and all of the benefits it can bring. I still love food, and i'm on a mission. I want to figure out how to eat an absolutely delicious diet while constantly improving my strength and fitness--and I want to share that with you!

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