Tips to Make Healthy Delicious

Put Your Best Fork Forward!

National Nutrition Month 2017This is the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. When it comes to good nutrition, there are lots of forks to put forward. Today’s post is about the “cooking fork” and ways to make healthy delicious. Future posts will cover the eating fork, the fork in the road and the pitchfork.

The Cooking Fork

It’s time to wake up your foods and taste the deliciousness! And believe me, good healthful, nutritious meals can be oh so delicious.

Clearly we have more control over food when we prepare it ourselves or give input to whomever is the cook. Sadly, too often clients describe their attempts at a healthful dinner as something along the lines of a boneless, skinless chicken breast baked with only pepper and garlic, unseasoned steamed broccoli and a plain baked sweet potato. Yuk! At best that’s bland and boring! It’s no surprise that good intentions get pushed away and less healthful fare is what’s next on the menu. But you can definitely make healthy delicious.

Make Vegetables Rock – the Healthy Delicious Way

  • Thanks to rock star registered dietitian Ellie Krieger for teaching this technique to me. If you’re a garlic lover, I’ve just made your day. Sauté thinly sliced garlic in extra virgin olive over low heat, being careful not to burn the garlic. When the garlic turns just golden, remove the pan from the stove. The garlic slivers will become crispy in the hot pan. Toss broccoli or any favorite steamed vegetable with this garlic yumminess.
  • Roast vegetables. This technique turns even picky eaters into veggie lovers or at least veggie acceptors. Simply cut your vegetables into uniform pieces, toss with olive or canola oil and seasonings. Without crowding the pan, spread the vegetables onto a baking sheet and roast at 425°F until caramelized. Here’s a terrific roasting guide I found.
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Let Protein Foods Be Your Canvas – the Healthy Delicious Way

Most meats need a little jazzing. Instead of thinking of a plain piece of meat as a near finished product, look at it as a blank canvas. There’s so much you can do with a chicken breast or thigh, a lean cut of beef or a fish fillet. Let an imaginary trip around the world spark a few ideas.

You can create infinite tasty dishes with a chicken breast or ground turkey and a variety of spices, for example. Sit down to a Greek-inspired meal when you season with garlic, onions, oregano and mint. Toss in some tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives. The same poultry can inspire a Mexican meal with onions, garlic, lime, cilantro, avocado, cumin and chile powder. Here are a few ways I use unique combinations and flavors from around the world to turn nutritious into delicious. Let your creativity fly with meats, vegetarian meals, side dishes and more. I’d love to hear your ideas.

Happy, healthy eating! How are you putting your best fork forward?

Jill Weisenberger

I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.

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  1. Will Henss on May 17, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Hi Jill! Thank you for sharing these tips to help us all live a happy and healthy life. It is always better to eat food that is delicious and at the same time is healthy. One of these weekends, I am going to personally try the recipes and meal that you have listed. Our overall health can depend with the kinds of the food that we are taking. Will

    • Jill Weisenberger on May 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Will. Do let us know when you try something new from my blog.

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    • Jill Weisenberger on November 18, 2019 at 9:05 am

      How wonderful! Thank you and best wishes.

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