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How to Make Healthy Recipes Tasty

We can all agree that nutrition and life events play an important role in nourishment and development for optimal health. How to achieve optimal health, however, is where it can be a bit challenging. Quite often good nutrition is associated in people’s minds with tasteless foods, drastic life changes, and deprivation of everything satisfying. But, nutritious food doesn’t have to be tasteless, and it definitely doesn’t have to be boring. With some willingness, creativity, and patience, healthy eating can be both interesting and satisfying!

To give you a more descriptive idea, I’ve created a list of my top tips for making tasty healthy recipes.

Use Seasonal Produce
Have you ever wondered why we can have avocados and tomatoes year round? Or why strawberries and apples, peaches and grapes are readily available for purchase all throughout the year? With so many advances in the field of agriculture, we can now have these fruits and vegetables in our kitchen no matter the season. However, the most robust flavors and textures are revealed when the fruits and vegetables are in season. When new seasonal produce arrives at my local grocery stores and markets, I get really excited as they motivate me to search for recipes that highlight both the flavor and texture of those appetizing fruits and vegetables.

Find Amazing Recipes
I usually get the majority of my recipe ideas from friends and family as well as from tasting dishes at parties or dinners, after observing their delicious appearance and tasting the delectable flavors. Also, I seem to find many excellent recipes from respected recipe websites, foodie magazines and classic cookbooks. Although I appreciate all types of recipes, after having worked for nearly 10 years as a recipe developer, I will sincerely admit that I especially enjoy working with easy, full-flavored healthy recipes. Therefore, when it comes to recipes I make sure that they come from respected and reliable sources where I know they have been tested and reviewed for preparation, accuracy, and simplicity. Some of my favorite sources are Splenda.com, HealthyAperture.com, and Food Network.com*. In any of these sources, rest assured that you will find an abundance of well-developed, fun, and tasty recipes for everyone in the family.

Experiment in the Kitchen
Nutritional breakthroughs and discoveries have been created in many labs (kitchens). It really doesn’t get more exciting in “the lab” than when you find a tasty healthy recipe and you start experimenting by pulling out all kinds of possible ingredients from your pantry and refrigerator and mixing them together, substituting, alternating, and combining them to get a unique and tasty result.

Experimenting doesn’t have to be very complicated to improve upon the original recipe; it just takes a little creativity. Tip: To achieve desired sweetness with fewer calories, and less added sugars, be sure to try the different SPLENDA® Sweetener Products available.

So, the next time you are considering a recipe, try experimenting with different flavors and textures to help you create an exciting, new ingredient combination! Below is a chart with flavor combinations and some of my favorite ingredients to use:

Although the ingredient combination possibilities are endless, here you have a few starter tips to get you experimenting in your kitchen lab today! Eat well and be well.

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I have been compensated for my time by Heartland Food Products Group, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog with Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.


Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT is founder of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc., a nutrition and food communications consulting company. A Hispanic native who is a leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic cuisine as it relates to nutrition and health, Sylvia uses her in-depth culinary and cultural expertise to introduce new strategies for wellness to an increasingly health-conscious Hispanic population. For more than a decade, Sylvia has been a consultant for major food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations.
 

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