10 Tips to Help You Eat Well for Life (Page 6)

Make It Flavorful

Tip 5: Make It Flavorful

Probably the biggest criticism of “healthy” cooking has been that it is bland or flavorless. It doesn’t have to be. Use plenty of spices, herbs and citrus to make your food taste great. And use salt, too—it is essential to bring out the flavors in food—but it’s wise to watch your sodium intake, as sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease. The USDA recommends consuming less than 2,300 mg of sodium (about 1 teaspoon salt) daily. The majority of Americans’ sodium intake comes from processed foods, so if you’re cooking with mostly whole, natural foods, you’re already on your way to keeping your sodium intake in check.

For other, less “virtuous” seasonings, such as bacon or cheese, choose varieties with big flavor like extra-sharp Cheddar cheese or a super-smoky bacon. That way you can add a moderate amount to your food for the biggest impact.

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