I had someone tell me the other day that they thought eating healthy, especially when you want to lose weight, meant taking away all the flavor.
Basically, eating boring = eating healthy in this person's opinion.
This couldn't be further from the truth though!
Of course this is what "marketese" would have you believe though.
If it's boring then you'd want to buy someone else's pre-packaged product, wrapped up in colorful labels to grab your attention.
The worst part about these already-done-for-you "health" foods are the tiny ingredients they add at the end of the ingredients list.
The preservatives, food colors, sugars, and all the other "additives" they like to sneak in there.
It's only when you take control of your food that you can truly eat healthy.
When you're in control of all the hidden ingredients.
This doesn't have to be hard though...
Which is why I'm going to give you one of my favorite ways to add some flavor to the food that you're already eating... whether it's a steak or a vegetable stir-fry, this will make your meal 10x healthier.
We're going to make our own marinade. Trust me it's much easier than you'd think.
For starters... just about every marinade combines an oil with vinegar.
I like to use olive oil with coconut vinegar.
Then you need some flavor... not sugar... but some herbs.
I like to use: Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, and Winter Savory.
These four herbs are some of the healthiest out of the common "culinary herbs" we have available to us.
The key is with the last ingredient Savory. Most Savory in the store is the variety "Summer Savory," but the more original variety is called "Winter Savory" which you can easily find on Amazon. It's more nutritious and tastes better.
And that's it. Oil, Vinegar, and some herbs. That's really all you need.
It works whether you mix it together in a small bottle beforehand, allow it to marinade overnight with your food in a zip-lock bag...
Or if you pour it directly in the frying pan as you're cooking. You can't go wrong either way.
After you master this basic marinade, then you can get creative and turn up the heat or the sweetness.
To add a little spice, you can mix in a few crushed Tepin Peppers.
To add in some sweetness, you can mix in some coconut syrup or coconut sugar.
Don't like coconuts? There's also date syrup and date sugar.
Now you're practically a pro and deserve a pat on the back!
I guarantee you'll impress your "dinner partner" with this whether it's your husband or child.
And now, just because you're awesome that you've read this far... I'm going to give you one more super secret.
If you ever cooked vegetables before, then you know they can taste better with cheese melted on top.
Sadly, cheese isn't the healthiest thing for us for a few reasons.
So instead, the "next best thing" is Nutritional Yeast.
Never heard of it?
Think of the health benefits you get from eating fermented food like sauerkraut or drinking fermented drinks like Kombucha.
The digestive aid you get from this type of healthy bacteria is the same benefit you get from Nutritional Yeast... which looks and tastes similar enough to cheese in my opinion.
Sneak some of this on your husband's or child's plate and see what they think. If it passes the test, then you can hang up your chef's hat in pride!
You know you're giving your family and yourself some amazing healthy alternatives to make food fun again!