Staying on track during a weight loss journey can be difficult, especially when the healthy meal inspiration runs out. To help you beat the boring meal fatigue, we spoke to our Dietitian Laura Ford to share her top tips on keeping your healthy meals new and exciting.
Use plenty of herbs and spices – Fresh herbs and spices are my favourite way to add flavour to all my meals and can make any dish so much more exciting and flavoursome. I love how adding fresh herbs like parsley, basil or coriander can add a bright zesty flavour but can also take a dish from the Mediterranean to South East Asia in an instant. I also like to roast veggies in dried spices like smoked paprika and cumin or stir fry veggies with turmeric, fresh ginger and chilli to add lots of flavour. By changing spice combinations or using different premade spice blends, you can create a world of different flavours every time you cook.
Eat your rainbows – Use lots of bright different coloured fruits and vegetables to help make your meals more exciting, colourful and visually appealing. It’s also a great way to boost your nutrients as the different colours in each food have different nutritional benefits. Plus they all have different tastes and textures which will add more interest to your meal.
Try something new – It’s easy to get sick of eating healthily if you’re eating the same plain steamed carrots and broccoli with each meal. So why not set yourself a challenge to try a new food or new flavour combination with your meal each week. This could be as adventurous as tasting something new like dragonfruit or celeriac for the first time. Or as simple as trying a new recipe, or using a different spice mix with your veggies.
Put a spin on your yoghurt – I love having plain yoghurt and fruit as a snack every day, but some days I like to make it a bit more interesting by blending my yoghurt with a frozen banana, berries and ice to make a thick and creamy ice-cream. Deeeeeelish!
Make vegetables the star of the show – Poor veggies often get left as the sad side dish but why not make them as exciting as your main? Try roasting your brussel sprouts or broccoli in the oven until crispy; or load up a salad with lots of colourful veggies and goats cheese; or try making a spicy tomato salsa to add some authentic Mexican flavour to your food.
Plate it up – You eat with your eyes first so it’s important to take the time to arrange your food nicely on a plate before eating. Doing this is a good way to help your brain register how much you’re eating while it also allows you to connect with how much food you’re eating.
Eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring and being adventurous and creative with your non-starchy vegetables is a great way to inject some extra life into your meals.start your journey now