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by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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Have you ever vowed to start eating better, but then realized you didn't know what to cook anymore? It's hard to stick to a healthy diet when you're running short on ideas for what to eat. Here are five tips for finding healthy meals that fit your lifestyle and your taste buds.

Try preparing healthy ingredients in new-to-you ways

You might think you don't like steamed vegetables, but have you ever tried them roasted with olive oil instead? Sometimes finding the right preparation method is the key to learning to like healthier foods. If you need ideas for how to prepare a food in different ways, a quick internet search will give you plenty of recipes. There are tons of recipes for meals and treats that incorporate healthy foods in a sneaky way. For example, you can add a can of black beans to brownies for some extra nutrition and lower fat content. This can be a great way to get some added protein if you aren’t a fan of the texture or taste of beans on their own. Hemp seeds are a great source of Omega 3, protein and healthy fats. They can be topped on almost any meal to give it some extra texture and flavor. If you don’t want to be stuck eating a salad every day, spinach is a very healthy addition for smoothies and most of the time you won’t even be able to tell it’s in there. Changing your diet can also give you the opportunity to try new foods. You might discover some of your new favorite dishes you wouldn’t have known about before.

Experiment with a variety of herbs and spices

The right blend of herbs and spices can turn even the blandest food into a delicious meal. If healthy food tastes boring to you, then you might be surprised at how much better it tastes with more seasoning. For instance, you can buy garlic heads in bulk and use it to enhance almost everything you cook, from rice to soups. Try different fresh and dried herbs and spices to see which combinations taste best to you. It’s a zero calorie and inexpensive way to upgrade your healthy meals. You can even consider growing your own herbs for a more fresh taste. This can easily be done either inside or outside in a pot. Always keep spices and herbs on hand to make cooking delicious food easier. Expanding your pallet and trying foods from different countries can help mix things up too. Don’t get stuck eating one type of cuisine, but experiment with dishes full of spices and flavors, like Indian or Thai. This will also help you expand your cooking abilities and learn about how flavors mix together.

Start with simple recipes

Healthy cooking doesn't have to be complicated. There's no need to spend an hour making dinner every night or use recipes that call for two dozen ingredients. Try doing an internet search for "one pot meals" to get some ideas for meals that are fast and simple enough to be weeknight dinners. Some of the most nutritious and tasty meals can be ones that are created in 30 minutes. You can experiment with and try different meals until you find a handful of ones you love. Rotate through them during the week to ensure you will always be eating something you enjoy. This will also save time and stress during your busy week and keep you on track. Simplicity is key when sticking to a new diet plan to successfully reach your health or weight loss goals.

Make healthy substitutions to meals you already enjoy

Eating well doesn't have to involve giving up all the foods you enjoy. Instead, make healthy swaps where you don't mind them. For instance, buy whole grain bread instead of white bread, or opt for a brand of peanut butter that's sugar-free. Little changes like this can really add up over the course of a day. There are several healthy food blogs you can find with healthier versions of your favorite meals as well. Try substituting greasy pizza for a homemade veggie one, or fried Buffalo wings for baked cauliflower. You might even discover you like the swaps better than the originals. Search for restaurants in your city that offer healthy dishes, and you might discover they have versions of the foods you used to eat.

Be persistent -- your palate needs time to adjust

Sometimes it just takes a little bit of exposure to start liking a food. If you're committed to eating a healthier diet, make a rule that you'll try a new food three times before deciding you ...    Continue

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@ 7:56am ET on July 1, 2019
Utilizing these tricky methods in the kitchen will make the dieting process that much easier to go through. I came across this while searching for some material to do my assignment for me and through
I got most of the material, but just needed something in the preparation method. Using different methods while using the right ingredients is the right way to prepare any food.

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