Use seasoning – but go easy on the salt
Seasoning your food will make it taste ten time better. A sprinkle of thyme, sage and pepper can immediately bring alive peas and carrots. Garlic powder and dry herbs can meanwhile help to make homemade pasta dishes and risottos more exciting. Salt tend to be the seasoning that most of us reach for and there’s no denying that it can make food taste good – however it’s notoriously bad for our hearts. Try to use only a pinch of salt and focus more on other herbs and spices. We use a lot of Spike to season things but there are many other choices. When we use salt, which we still do, we use Himalayan Sea Salt which has the minerals still intact. Mrs. Dash is another brand with lots of herbal seasoning choices for your food.
Best Sweeteners to Replace Sugar
Refined sugar is one of the unhealthiest ingredients that you can add to food. Fortunately, there are many great alternative ways to sweeten your food. The likes of miracle berry tablets can meanwhile be added to sour juices and fruit smoothies to make them more appealing. On top of these ingredients, you can also try honey, especially raw honey, or agave nectar, both of which we use in place of syrups. Artificial sweeteners aren’t always the best option as they have their own health risks and can sometimes fail to satisfy that sweet craving. Our favorite healthy choice of sugar is Xylitol. Its plant based and tastes almost exactly like sugar! It can be used to bake with etc. It also has great benefit to the body and particularly your teeth, being proven to prevent and even heal cavities! You can read about there on our post Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye which gives personal examples of just how powerful this stuff is to correct teeth issues.
Roast your vegetables
A great way of making vegetables taste better is to roast them. While some of the nutritional benefit can be lost, you’ll still get a lot more vitamins than you would from roasting French fries. You could also find that it encourages you to try new vegetables that you might never have touched before. For example, most people dislike beets raw, but find them to be very tasty when roasted.
Use ingredients that are in season
Certain foods taste better at certain times of the year. For instance, strawberries taste better in the summer. This is all comes down to growing conditions – strawberries thrive in the summer heat while getting them to grow in the cold can be tricky. In fact, if you buy strawberries in the winter, they’ll usually have to be imported from a hotter country. This whole importing process can mean having to refrigerate them and add preservatives, which take away from the taste. In almost all cases, the fresher food is, the healthier and tastier it is. Create healthy dips for vegetables You can encourage yourself to eat vegetables such as carrots by creating your own healthy dips for dunking these veggies in. This can sometimes be a great way of getting kids to eat vegetables as they enjoy the dipping aspect (probably because they associate it with ketchup). We have many great healthy recipes on our site that are our favorites. Check them out here.
Free Seasonal Produce List (pdf)
Have a Green Drink
Also known as a green smoothie, these are sweet, thick and delicious and allows you to get a LOT of dark greens into your body which are so needed and beneficial. YOU DON’T TASTE THEM! I have a full quart every morning because I’m not a fan of salads etc. It’s SO GOOD!
Make your own junk food meals from scratch
Making any meal from scratch can immediately make it healthier. Processed foods tend to contain add sugars, added salts and chemicals to make them taste better and to preserve them. As a result many of the pizzas and burgers that you buy in the shop are a lot more unhealthy than they need to be. One of the coolest things about a plant based diet is you can make the most delectable desserts imaginable that are full of live nutrients. Check out a few below! Many more are on our Recipe Page.
Educate yourself on the nutritional benefits of healthy food
It’s a fact that what we eat is the cause of much of our disease and health conditions. Its been proven and accepted that a plant based or vegan diet is the best all around. Knowledge can help you get the motivation to eat better bit by bit. Below are some phenomenal books and videos by doctors on the topic of our diet and what its doing to us and how we can prevent and even heal many diseases in a short time with simple diet changes. FYI read one personal story of how our son cured the incurable with diet and exercise change.
Excellent Books & Videos
- Forks Over Knives Documentary by doctors and other scientists & professionals.
- The China Study Book By Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- The Food Revolution By John Robbins
- Eat To Live By Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- Healthy at 100 By John Robbins
- Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Documentary
- Food Matters Documentary
Live long and prosper my friends!