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4 Fast low-calorie flavor boosters

When you sit down to eat any meal, your plate should be loaded with taste. Even if you're on special diet or simply want to cut calories, you don't have to feel deprived and dissatisfied with your dining experience. The following low-calorie flavor booste

When you sit down to eat any meal, your plate should be loaded with taste. Even if you're on special diet or simply want to cut calories, you don't have to feel deprived and dissatisfied with your dining experience. The following low-calorie flavor boosters will fit deliciously into any nutritional plan and will tantalize your taste buds at every meal.
When you sit down to eat any meal, your plate should be loaded with taste. Even if you're on special diet or simply want to cut calories, you don't have to feel deprived and dissatisfied with your dining experience. The following low-calorie flavor boosters will fit deliciously into any nutritional plan and will tantalize your taste buds at every meal.



1. Fresh foods rule

If you want the maximum flavor from your ingredients, start with the freshest ingredients you can find. Visit the farmers' market and stock up on just-picked goodies, opt for minimally processed foods, and put the items in your grocery basket to good use as soon as possible (even sitting in your refrigerator for a few days can degrade flavor).

2. Spice it up

Herbs and spices lend fabulous flavors to recipes. If you already have a few go-to herbs and spices, expand your cooking horizon and give some unfamiliar ones a try. You'll be surprised at how a new herb or spice can give an everyday dish a new dimension of flavor.

3. Complementary condiments

Peruse the condiments at the market and choose a new sauce, flavored oil, or vinegar to give new personality to your usual recipes. Another option is to kick up condiments you already have. For example, finely chop fresh basil or very finely mince garlic and whisk it into vegan mayo, sour cream, or even mustard. Whisk together wasabi, oil, and vinegar for an attention-getting dressing for vegetables or grain dishes. Get creative and turn your condiments into fast flavor boosters.

4. Flavored extracts

Though pure vanilla extract is most commonly used in baking, you can also use it in dressings or sauces to give savory dishes a new flavor. Pure almond extract is awesome swirled into dairy-free yogurt, smoothies, or even oatmeal. Put a few drops of walnut or rum-flavored extract into your coffee. Blend a bit of mint extract into vegan chocolate syrup.

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