As a chef, I know how to make fattening food taste, but I also know a lot of tricks to make healthy food taste great. There are a lot of different tricks I use to create delicious and healthy meals. However, there are a few healthy ingredients that I keep on hand and use on a daily basis.
Tip: Use Flavor, Not Fat
Cream, butter and fat are tasty, so without those ingredients, you have to find great flavor elsewhere. I use a lot of spices, herbs and Mediterranean ingredients to make my recipes shine.
I always keeps chickpeas in the house to make hummus for between-meal snacks. Try this extra-creamy version with veggies or whole-wheat pita bread.
Tip: Herbs and Citrus
Fresh herbs and citrus (I use a lot of lemons, oranges, clementines and tangerines) add super low-calorie flavor to salads, main dishes and even desserts.
Plain yogurt is a great all-purpose healthy ingredient. Dress it up with honey as a healthy snack, or use in place of mayo or sour cream in sauces. Use it in your smoothie instead of whey protein and makes it a bit creamier.
I put honey in almost everything. A lot of tomato sauce based recipes call for sugar to cut the acidity; I like to use honey instead. Honey balances a lot of “not quite” flavors.