Spice Up Your Food to Tantalize the Taste Buds

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For many people, the journey to weight loss is often fraught with struggles. When trying to whittle their waistlines, some dieters mistakenly feel like they must eat bland, boring food. Sadly, after a few days of consuming plain boiled chicken or toasted tofu, some give up their weight loss efforts entirely. Or, in a last ditch effort to remain on a healthier menu plan, others unknowingly reach for calorie laden sauces and condiments to add to their foods. Sometimes, eating these types of foods can derail your weight loss goals as effectively as a double chocolate brownie a la mode at your favorite restaurant.

Do you believe the calories in your favorite sauces and condiments are nominal? If you’re like most, you probably don’t realize how much sugar, fat, and calories are in many of these popular supermarket staples. For instance, the ketchup you pour on your fries, hamburgers, and hotdogs might have as much sugar in it as a cookie or a serving of ice cream. The next time you have a craving for this delicious, red condiment, shop for a reduced sugar version. Or, get creative and create a red sauce at home using fresh tomatoes and seasonings. Instead of mayonnaise as the base for sauces that go on chicken salads, tuna salads, fruit salads, and slaw, substitute plain Greek yogurt instead. You will dramatically decrease the fat and calories in your dishes while increasing the protein content.

Completely transforming the way you eat can be an overwhelming experience. Sadly, many people’s weight loss journeys fail because they don’t fully understand what eating healthy means. In addition to consuming lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grain products, you should strive to spice up your food with fresh herbs and spices. In doing so, both your taste buds and your waistline will benefit. To learn more about eating smart, contact the Metabolic Research Center for a free consultation.



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