Don’t get me wrong, using sugar in our meals from time to time is by no means the end of the world! It is great to have a variety of flavours in our diets to keep it interesting.
And let’s be honest with ourselves, sometimes you are just feeling that low-FODMAP BBQ sauce or some teriyaki chicken.
But we also know that the more we limit our intake of processed foods, sugars, and saturated fats, and the more we add whole foods, healthy fats, and unprocessed additives the more our bodies will thank us!
Life is a balancing act and we often have to find that with the foods we eat. Finding a balance between being satisfied with what we eat as well as fueling our body with nutritious food can be tough sometimes. I have battled with this myself for years. But through my journey, I have learned some really great hacks on how to nutritiously add flavour to my meals that leave me feeling totally satisfied.
So without further ado, here are some juicy tips on how to kill it when it comes to the flavour game.
This one is my absolute favourite way to bring a ton of fresh flavour to any meal.
Dried spices are definitely easier and more accessible, but using one to two fresh herbs a week in your meal prep can be such a game-changer!
Often the fresh herbs come in big bunches and I used to have the hardest time using it all, so I would just avoid buying it altogether. But when I made the switch to meal prepping for the week I found I could really get full use out of all of the fresh herbs without throwing them away at the end of the week.
It’s a perfect way of habit bundling! In other words, attaching one healthy habit (use of fresh herbs> adding sauces) to a healthy habit you have already established (meal prepping) to increase the likelihood that you will commit to that new habit.
Another bonus is it is hard to find a fresh herb that is high-FODMAP. So you have your pick of flavours!
Here are a few of my favourite ways to incorporate fresh herbs into my cooking:
I have used lemon and lime juice in a lot of my recipes for years now. I always found it to be a great way to bring flavour to my sauces or seasonings for my main proteins as an alternative to high sugar sauces. But it wasn’t until recently that I started buying lemon and limes with most of my shops instead of just using the bottled juices.
The 2 benefits to buying the real fruit are:
If you have been following for long enough now, you will know I am really into bowls…
From veggie-packed rice bowls to smoothie bowls, I could have a mixed-up bowl of just about anything for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So if you are anything like me and like to mix up a bowl with all the ‘good stuff’ then this tip will be perfect for you!
Here are 3 ways I like to bring flavour to my bowls without loading up on processed sugar at the same time:
For the longest time my go-to flavour pallet for my sauces and seasoning was either garlicky goodness or a sweet sauce to dip or cover all my main dishes in. And seeing as garlic and I am not on speaking terms (unless found in garlic-infused oil form), sweeter sauces started to be my first choice.
But slowly and surely I have started to add some real spice into my life and have ventured into the world of spicy food.
Now for those of you that love spicy food, you would probably laugh at the level of spice that I can handle, but starting to add ‘spicy’ meals to my repertoire has really allowed me to reduce my sugar intake.
Dried spices like chili powder, turmeric, and red pepper chili flakes are just some of the spices we have started to use a lot more often in our cooking and they definitely do NOT disappoint on flavour.
They are such a great way to kick it up a notch when it comes to your flavour profile. And it provides you with an alternative option to the sweet sauces and seasoning.
That way we can keep all those natural sugars for the dessert ;)
Keep in mind that these strategies that I have developed over the years have worked well for me. We are all individuals and you will find that not all strategies, tricks, and tips will work for you. When it comes to nutrition, things can get confusing and it really is an endless journey of learning. My hope is just that I can make it a little bit less bumpy for you!
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