5 Low Calorie Ingredients With Big Flavour

The problem with dieting is that the most satisfying foods are often the most calorie-dense.

Or are they? While I’m not about to deny that a bar of milk chocolate or a serving of fries is not pleasurable to the taste buds, there are in fact a number of ingredients out there that can boost flavour without adversely affecting the calorie count of your meal.

If you learn to use such ingredients when cooking, you’ll be able to create meals that are both good for you and tasty. And I don’t mean that in a “low-calorie, tastes okay but feels like it’s missing something” kind of way – I mean it in a “holy crap, my mouth is alive with flavours!” kind of way.

So without further adieu, let’s take a look at five low-calorie ingredients that can add big flavour to your meals. We’re going to start with the basics, then branch out into some less common ingredients in future instalments.

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The Truth About Frozen Foods (And How They Can Help You Lose Weight)

There’s nothing wrong with eating frozen and I believe you should do it more often.

According to a study by the British Institute of Food Research, some frozen foods are more nutritious than their fresh counterparts. Why get your knickers in such a twist over a marginal or non-existent reduction in nutrition?

Furthermore, if most of your food is frozen then you don’t have to worry about it going off (at least, not for months). That reduces food wastage.

That’s not all though. Using more frozen food and less fresh products prevents you from eating something purely on the basis that it’s going off. If it aint in the fridge kicking up a stink, you don’t feel the need to eat it (regardless of whether you should).

Finally, if you have relatively healthy meals in sensible portions ready and waiting in your freezer, you’ll be far less tempted to reach for the takeout menu when you can’t be bothered to cook anything. This has saved me from the call of Papa John’s on more than one occasion in the past.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat fresh, but I do encourage you to think about your habits. How often do you find yourself throwing food away because it’s gone off? How often do you opt for a less healthy meal when you haven’t the inclination to cook something nutritious? Even if frozen food is nothing more than a backup to prevent you from resorting to takeout, it’s performed a noble task.

Don’t Make Healthy Eating the Enemy

When it comes to dieting, there are two broad paths you can follow.

The first (and most popular) is one of heavy restriction – a no-holds-barred healthy eating regime. In theory, such an approach should yield dramatic results in a relatively short space of time.

The second (and less glamorous) approach is based upon moderation. Instead of implementing drastic change, a ‘moderate’ dieter will slowly adjust their eating habits at a manageable pace. There are no blanket bans on certain food types and no jarring changes in eating habits.

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Greek Chicken With Vegetable Couscous and Tzatziki

If you’re anything like me, you have to give this recipe a chance.

I used to be the kind of guy that would scoff at the notion of couscous, but what is admittedly a rather dull-tasting ingredient can be combined with other ingredients to make a delicious meal.

I implore anyone who is unfamiliar with Greek cuisine to try this recipe. While I’m not going to say that it’s authentic Greek (after all, I’ve never even been to Greece), it does provide a nice little introduction to Mediterranean eating. And as always, it’s good for you and easy to make.

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On New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! 2014 is upon us, and with the new year come the usual New Year’s Resolutions.

According to an LA Fitness survey, seven of the forty most popular New Year’s Resolutions are health and fitness related:

  • Lose weight (3rd)
  • Get a six pack (19th)
  • Eat less chocolate (20th)
  • Drink less alcohol (22nd)
  • Quit smoking (26th)
  • Run a half or full marathon (29th)
  • Try extreme sports (36th)

But you didn’t need me to tell you that the start of the year is a popular time for making big health-related promises to yourself. Promises that almost always ultimately fail – a University of Scranton study found that just 8% of New Year’s Resolutions are achieved, leading to inevitable feelings of guilt and remorse (just like those feelings I hope you avoided on Christmas Day).

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It’s Christmas – Give Yourself a Break

For the weight conscious, Christmas can be a somewhat stressful holiday.

It is a time of gluttony and excess, and for those of us who are trying in vain to lose a few pounds, the temptation to gorge can be overpowering. One can ultimately be left with nothing other than feelings of guilt and remorse.

Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?

To avoid this from happening, my advice is simple: eat whatever the hell you like and do so without guilt.

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Chicken Tikka, Lentil, and Spinach Salad

If you associate salads with a lack of flavour, this recipe will knock you for six. In reality, it is about as far removed from a salad as a meal can be while still being called a salad. I’m no salad fan but this is one of my lunchtime staples – that’s the greatest endorsement I can give it.

Jamie Oliver provided the original inspiration for this recipe, but I have taken his creation and drastically simplified it. What’s left is a meal with a depth of flavour that defies its simplicity.

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Monica Olivas on Running, Eating, and Repeating

When it comes to dieting, we all have our weaknesses – both in terms of what we eat and how we eat it.

Some of us have a sweet tooth and find our dieting efforts ruined by excessive snacking. Meanwhile, some of us eat relatively healthy diets but let ourselves down when it comes to portion control.

That second issue is what I want to discuss in this article, as it is central to one of the most important (yet straightforward) factors of controlling weight loss and ensuring long-term weight management.

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How to Poach Eggs Perfectly (Every Time)

Poached eggs, in my opinion, are at the pinnacle of egg gastronomy. They represent that perfect culinary mix of healthy and tasty. They can help you to lose weight too. But that’s not all – they’re also really easy to make, despite what you may think.

While there’s something about poaching an egg that puts the fear of God into many people, in reality there is a very simple process you can follow to nail poached eggs every time. I’m going to share that process with you below.

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When Do You Want to Die?

I have a vivid memory of finding out about serial killers when I was a child. The notion that I could be killed, seemingly at random, was terrifying.

My discovery of the concept of death and its seemingly random nature came as a shock, as perhaps it did for you in your youth. However, what many adults don’t fully appreciate is just how much control we have over our own mortality. While it can be all too easy to sit back and accept that death will come for you when it is good and ready, it is likely that the time of your death will be determined, at least in part, by you.

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