Spice Up Your Food and Treat Your Pallet!
Healthy eating with lots of flavor? Does it exist? When we choose to lead a healthier lifestyle, the change can sometimes be a little overwhelming at first. Sometimes we stick with meals that are safe but do not include a lot of variety. Just because we are being healthy doesn’t mean we can enjoy a variety of different foods. This blog will help you spice up you food; your pallet will thank you!
At our clinic, our clients must restrict the types of food they eat based on their test results or go through various types of detox programs. I have experienced both myself so I completely understand how hard it is! You can’t find a single salad dressing that doesn’t have soybean oil. That baked chicken is plain. I want to eat something with a kick! I found brown rice pasta but I can’t have tomatoes or dairy, now what?! Do not fear; there are lots of options out there for you, and I am here to help you find them!
Let’s pair your healthy food alternatives with a healthy sauce or condiment to dress them up a bit!
Since I am soy-sensitive, I know how hard it is to find soy-free dressings. There are a few brands I trust and are easy to find. I will list them below. However, I always recommend making your own dressing. It is probably the easiest thing to make and will urge you to keep up your healthy habits. Balsamic vinaigrette is one of my go-to’s. Just mix balsamic vinegar, oil (olive, grape, avocado, etc.), water, and salt & pepper. I not only put this on my salad but I marinate my veggies and chicken in it as well! I also like to use apple cider vinegar, oil, and lemons as another salad dressing.
I also get this one from Aldi’s:
INGREDIENTS: cider vinegar, canola and/or corn oil, sugar, whole garlic cloves, salt, spices, algin (a natural gum).
Spice it up with Curry!
Curry is your friend! If you haven’t given curry a chance yet you should, especially if you are looking for a kick! I personally mix my own curry powder. My curry powder has cumin, turmeric, ginger, and garlic. I put the least amount of cumin in because of my taste preference (that is what gives it that pungent smell and kick). I use my curry powder to spice up my tilapia, chicken stir-fries, rice/quinoa, and veggies. If you want to turn the powder into a sauce just mix it into coconut milk. [Click to Tweet]
Coconut milk and oil are great alternatives to dairy when you are cooking. I buy the coconut milk in a can and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours before cooking with it. When you do this the cream will float to the top and the water will settle on the bottom. After you carefully open the can you can then scoop the delicious cream off the top and use it in your dish. I like to use the water from the bottom in a refreshing drink. That cream is great to use on pasta when you are craving an alternative for a dairy cream sauce. One of our lunch favorites is spaghetti squash with coconut milk, onions, and spinach. One of my favorites is a rice vermicelli, with water chestnuts, straw-mushrooms, and bamboo with a creamy coconut and ginger or curry sauce. Also remember that coconut oil is the best butter substitute. Put it all over your veggies, it’s good for you! [Click to Tweet]
Boring chicken/turkey sausage? Mustard!
I know ketchup is usually the go-to for hot dogs, but sausage pairs really well with mustard. And guess what?! Most of the mustards out there are gluten, soy, and dairy free! [Click to Tweet] I became a mustard fan after I found out I was gluten and soy sensitive. It is one of the easiest things I can shop for at the grocery store. The first one pictured below is made right here in Cleveland! There are so many different types of mustard; you are bound to find one that makes you happy. One of my favorites is Dijon-horseradish mustard. Give mustard a shot!
Salt & Pepper
Don’t forget you can use salt and pepper in moderation. We recommend sea salt, especially pink Himalayan sea salt. If you have trouble finding this type of salt we almost always have it in stock at our clinics for your convenience.
Remember, leading a healthy lifestyle is a life-time goal so get creative and embrace your new way of living! Please refrain from getting stuck in the mindset of “what I can’t eat” and get into the mindset of, “I can’t wait to discover and try new options that make me happy and healthy!”
I love food way too much to settle for a boring piece of boiled chicken. Yes it is the healthiest way to eat it, but if I am not happy eating it I simply will not. Do you feel this way? What new sauce or recipe have you discovered that makes you happy and healthy? Please share in the comment section so we can help each other out.
August 5, 2015
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians