Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/11/2014 -- Adapting a healthy, low-fat diet can often leave a person craving flavor to increase satisfaction with meals. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to add flavor and spice to a dish without increasing its caloric by drastic amounts.
One of the most popular additives for extra flavor in poultry or even on salads is the addition or usage of lemon juice. Lemon juice can be used as an acid in making flavorful marinades that tenderize poultry and add flavor, and can be added into salad dressings for a sweet yet sour kick.
Sticking with the juice trend, orange juice is another refreshing additive that can add a boost of taste without an extreme addition of calories. A simple tablespoon or two is all it takes to make a salad dressing, and with the addition of the juice it will add protective vitamin C to keep seasonal illnesses at bay.
Numerous herbs and plants can be added to dressings or sprinkled atop meats or veggies for a kick of flavor. A teaspoon of curry is all that’s needed to add an Indian flavor to roasted vegetables or rice, and oregano can be rubbed or sprinkled over red meat or poultry for an extra boost of flavor on the grill or in the oven. Fresh herbs also add zero calories to the dish while taking the flavor to new heights.
Vegetable broth can replace oil used in cooking certain types of vegetable dishes, and it will boost the natural flavor found in the vegetables without adding extra calories of fat. Vegetable broth can even be added to mashed potatoes or cauliflower dishes for extra flavor, just be sure to use the low-sodium varieties to protect the heart.
Finally, for a touch of sweetness cocoa powder can be sprinkled over small side dishes or snacks. Chocolate flavored nuts can be created by sprinkling cocoa over almonds, peanuts or hazelnuts, and it can also be added to smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal for an indulgent taste without a massive addition of calories.
The best way to find out what satisfies individual taste buds is to experiment with different combinations and find out what flavors one likes best and what to include in their next meal.
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