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A few simple ingredients can make all the difference when it comes to having incredibly delicious food that is also healthy. Here are my top 3 healthy flavor boosters that get you there, nearly effortlessly:

1) Fresh Herbs

A simple sprinkle of fresh herbs like cilantro, basil, parsley, or mint to finish a dish makes it burst with color and aroma. Herbs pureed with a little olive oil, some lemon juice, and garlic make a special sandwich spread, sauce, or dressing. Herbs are also loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients.

2) Spice Rubs

Spice rubs are the perfect solution for fast, flavorful food without all the fat and sodium. Just rub a mixture of dried spices into some lean meat, chicken or fish and grill or broil. The flavor possibilities are endless, but one of my staples is a simple mix of chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, and a touch of salt.

3) Flavorful Oils and Vinegars

My standard cooking oils are olive and canola, but I use heart-healthy walnut oil in salads to add richness and bring out a dish’s nuttiness. I also use toasted sesame oil to give Asian food that unmistakable sesame flavor. Flavorful vinegars like cider, balsamic, and sherry brighten a dish and add another layer of flavor with hardly any calories or sodium.




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