Add flavour, not fat, to your meals
Add flavour (not fat) to your meals

Give your healthy family meals a kick with some fabulous condiments and spices.

There's no need to turn meals into ordeals! Keep your pantry and fridge organised and stocked with tantalising taste sensations to keep your interest and to boost your health.

Food boredom can be the bane of our lives when we're watching our weight. It's also why you are more likely to ditch the food plan and succumb to old ways of eating again. The good news is there is no need to turn meals into ordeals! Keep your pantry and fridge brimming with tantalising taste sensations to keep your interest and to boost your health!

A hint of spice perks up a healthy meal

Always have the essentials to hand when constructing your healthy curries.

Garlic, chillies, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon quills, garam masala, fish sauce, and stock cubes are just a few of the spices you can keep handy in your pantry or cupboard to add to meals for extra taste in family meals.

Grow your own herbs at home

If you have a window sill, try growing your own herbs at home. Many supermarkets offer growing herbs you can bring into the house or make a herb tub or bed in the garden to add to your salads, meat and fish dishes and soups. A handful of fresh coriander added to a Thai curry, soup or salad instantly transforms it into something special and tasty.

Spray it, don't say it

Invest in an oil spray. You can spray roasting tins and woks to keep fat levels down. This way you'll use a fraction of the amount if you were to use pour oil and it will still taste great.

Canned and fabulous!

Buy tinned fish (such as tuna) in brine or spring water instead of oil and add to homemade tomato sauces for pasta. Why not try to make your own pizza? Buy a small pre-made pizza base and add tomato paste, onion slices, olives, capsicums, mushrooms and olives in brine for a low-fat tasty family meal.

Keep your pantry stocked with essentials

Make sure you always have the pantry staples from which you can rustle up something quick and interesting.

It's always handy having canned tomatoes for quick and tasty pasta meals. Teriyaki sauce is great for a quick stir-fry with fresh vegetables and lean meat. Lemon grass and ginger are vital for Thai soups and curries, as well as curry powder or curry paste. When it comes to fridge staples, hommus is always good to have on hand as a dip to serve with carrot sticks. And for dressings, always have a jar of Dijon mustard on hand to mix with an equal amount of low-fat yoghurt and low-fat mayonnaise. This creamy dressing is fantastic used as a salad dressing or drizzled on sandwiches.

Sweet chilli sauce also makes a great sandwich spread or condiment with fish and meat dishes. Think about branching out into the exotic if all that your vegetable shelf contains is a bit of cauliflower and carrots.

Sugar snap peas, sweet potato (delicious cooked with lite coconut milk and Thai spices), baby corn, parsnip, Japanese eggplant and celeriac are all delicious and healthy too. So strike out and indulge in some more adventurous vegetables with some tasty spices and condiments to improve the taste of any family meal.


This article was originally written for in conjunction with Weight Watchers as part of their Positively Life Changing initiative.  

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