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Spice Up Your Healthy Eating

How To Add Flavor To Healthy Foods

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Updated May 10, 2010

Healthy diets don't equal flavorless food. You don't have to give up flavor when you start eating more healthy foods. In fact, when you start using these spices and other new spices you discover, you won't miss the high salt content of food that you are accustomed to eating.

Adding Spice to Meat, Poultry, and Fish

  • Beef-Spice up your beef with:
    Bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, or thyme.
  • Lamb-Add delicious flavor to your lamb with:
    Curry powder, garlic, rosemary, or mint.
  • Pork-Pork is easy to spice up with:
    Garlic, onion, sage, pepper, oregano, or thyme.
  • Veal-Veal is a delicious and tender meat you can add distinctive flavor to with:
    Bay leaf, curry powder, ginger, marjoram, or oregano.
  • Chicken or Turkey-Poultry such as chicken and turkey is easily spiced up with:
    Ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, poultry seasoning, rosemary, sage, tarragon, or thyme.
  • Fish-Add great taste to your fish with:
    Curry powder, dill, dry mustard, lemon juice, marjoram, paprika, or pepper.

Tasty Ways to Spice Up Your Vegetables

  • Carrots-Carrots taste great with:
    Cinnamon, cloves, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, or sage.
  • Corn-Corn is easy to add taste to with:
    Cumin, curry powder, onion, paprika, or parsley.
  • Green Beans-Add a special touch to green beans with:
    Dill, curry powder, lemon juice, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, or thyme.
  • Greens-Greens and spice go hand-in-hand with these terrific spices:
    Garlic, onion, or pepper.
  • Peas-Some delicious ways to add flavor to your peas include:
    Ginger, marjoram, onion, parsley, sage.
  • Potatoes-Instead adding butter and salt to your potatoes, add flavor with:
    Dill, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, or sage.
  • Summer Squash-The yummy taste of summer squash is enhanced with:
    Cloves, curry powder, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, rosemary, or sage.
  • Winter Squash-What could be better than winter squash with:
    Cinnamon, ginger, marjoram, or onion.
  • Tomatoes-There's nothing better than ripe red tomatoes with:
    Basil, bay leaf, dill, marjoram, onion, oregano, parsley, or pepper.

Source: Keep the Beat, Heart Healthy Recipes from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI a part of the National Institutes of Health - NIH

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