4 Salt-Free Cooking Tricks That Help Food Taste Better
We have all been there. We find ourselves in the kitchen, staring at the newest recipe we have downloaded, and we feel that all-too-familiar line forming across our foreheads. Frustration becomes to set in because although the recipe said “fit”, and we are freshly set on complying with our new diet plan, there is still the problem of making these recipes healthy enough to follow the guidelines.
A huge non-complier found in most cooking recipes that will throw you off course? Salt intake.
Unfortunately, as we have found out through various attempts at reducing salt from our food, the healthy direction to cooking and eating takes a toll in taste.
There is hope, however. We have uncovered four salt-free cooking tricks that, when added to your daily cooking, can actually help your food become tastier! They will make sticking to your diet much easier and help you enjoy being healthy and fit.
1.Go heavy on the seasoning and spices.
If you are used to basking your meals in salt and the feeling after the break-up has left your food feeling bland, there are other spices in the sea! Check out your spice rack to find some other ingredients that you might have been neglecting because salt has always been the one for you.
For instance, black pepper or crushed red pepper is a great substitute. Experiment a bit with how much of this seasoning is needed to make your food please your taste buds, and it will be like salt never walked out on you. Or you walked out on it, whatever you choose to think to help you sleep at night.
Here`s a few hints about what goes with what:
For chicken, use sage, ginger, oregano, paprika, and rosemary.
For pork, use garlic, onion, oregano and pepper
For beef, use onion, pepper, sage and thyme.
Other great substitutes are curry powder and salt-free herbs and spice mixes (those exist!). You can also be on the lookout for “salt substitutes”, which are found in most natural food shops.
2. Sprinkle a bit of balsamic vinegar.
Adding a bit of this “new” ingredient gives your food that kick back that it has been missing since you said good-bye to your beloved salt. Use this in soups, pasta, salads, and some recipes in which the texture will go unnoticed, but the flavor will help immensely.
This can go for all acidic ingredients as well. Splashing some red wine vinegar or a squeeze or two of citrus can give you a new taste in your food that you would not have been able to achieve just with salt. It`s like finding the new love in your life and they are actually way much better than your last.
3. Add cheese.
Though this can also be seen as substituting a bad additive for another, there are some cheeses that are low in fat and better for you than actual salt. The trick about this tip is to know that you should use a minimalist attitude when it comes to grating the cheese. You don’t need too much to get your taste buds in on your newfound love. A few flakes of cheese can go a long way to get to your desired taste. Try and experiment are the keys here. Go slowly.
4. Change up your cooking techniques.
Boiling vegetables not only offer up amazing amounts of nutrition, it also makes them rich in fiber. Slow cooking your food instead of steaming or them can also change up the effects that they have on your body. Grilling your veggies will not only release all these benefits, they can bolden their flavors and make them better and more enjoyable to eat.
If you decide to implement these tips into your daily diet and cooking regimen, you can incrementally and gradually watch results happen right before your eyes. You will not only start to feel better about how you prepare your food, but also about what you put into your body. Feeling better and healthier is a process and doing these simple and quick four things on a regular basis, can help you begin your way to healthier living.
The best thing about these tips and tricks to going salt-free in your cooking, is that they actually leave your food even possibly more savoury and better tasting than before! Avoiding salt and having to work around it really makes you more aware of the other ingredients going into your food while you are cooking. It gives you the possibility to truly work out and be creative with other ingredients so that your food is healthier but still has a flavour that pops.