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Health Tip: Boost the Flavor of Your Food

(HealthDay News) -- It's easier to eat healthy foods if they taste good, but some cooking methods and seasonings can add fat, calories and salt to your dishes.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests:

  • Opt for a high-heat cooking technique (broiling, grilling or pan-searing), which brown meat and fish and add flavor.
  • Pop vegetables into the oven and roast at 450 degrees to make them sweeter and smokier. First brush them with a little oil and season with herbs.
  • Slice onions and caramelize them by cooking them over low heat slowly in a small amount of oil.
  • Use brightly-colored peppers or a little hot pepper sauce to spice up your meals.
  • Use the juice or zest from citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons or limes, or boldly-flavored accents such as cilantro, pomegranate seeds or chipotle peppers.
  • Add condiments such as wasabi, chutney, tapenade, salsa, horseradish or flavored mustard.
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