When you’re counting macronutrients, you may find yourself eating the same meals time and time again. While that is fine as long as they are nutritionally balanced, the act of repetitive eating itself can get quite mundane… and boredom is the enemy of diet sustainability! Thus, mixing it up is essential to keeping you excited about your meals. Here are some tips for changing it up while still keeping your macros in check.
SEASON YOUR FOOD! It plays a huge role in the end product and can transform a meal from boring to delicious. When you’re grocery shopping, don’t ignore the spice aisle! There are thousands of different spices and spice combinations for you to try to make your food taste better for virtually zero macros. Mrs. Dash seasoning blends are one excellent brand to try, because in addition to being delicious they are salt-free. Or you can make your own seasoning blends with spices like garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, etc. Kernel seasonings, another great brand, is sold at Revolutionize and could also help make the difference between a boring and exciting meal.
Instead of plain steamed veggies, rice, or proteins, opt to steam or saute your foods in broth! Not only does this impart a much deeper, savory flavor into your food, it does so virtually macronutrient and calorie free. For a vegetarian/vegan option, choose vegetable broth.
If you’re always cooking your food in the exact same manner, it’s always going to taste exactly the same. Try mixing it up and see how you like it! For example, instead of steaming your veggies, try spraying them with a little bit of pan spray and grilling or sautéing them! Instead of grilling your fish or meats try baking it in the oven with seasonings. You’ll be amazed at the difference in flavors. Or you could try a new appliance like an air-fryer, a crockpot, etc.
This will be especially helpful for tough meats like lean steak. Marinading your food is another way to get a deeper flavor without very many calories, just stay away from oils! For lean steak, chicken, shrimp, etc. I find that a splash of red wine, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice & low sodium soy sauce is an amazing way to flavor your food. There are also premade liquid marinades and marinade packets that do the job just fine.
Try to opt for low calorie additions to your basic foods! Vinegars, lemon juice, low sodium soy sauce, hot sauces, walden farms products, low fat or fat free cheeses, 100 calorie packs of guacamole or hummus, etc! Your options are endless. Explore the grocery store and see what peaks your interest.
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Written by: Emily Ventura BS Public Health