The same goes for whole dairy products. The bottom line is that there are some changes you simply must accommodate if you want to be successful at losing weight and improving your health.
Think about why you don't like a particular food and how you can make it more appetizing. If white meat is too dry, for instance, try different cooking methods, such as roasting, which helps keep the meat moist. Try Skim Plus, which is formulated to have a consistency more like whole milk. If one oatmeal or whole-grain bread is too bland, try a different brand.
4. Seek out flavor sponges. If you truly can't find vegetables or soy products with flavors you find tasty, choose the ones that act like sponges -- taking on the essence of whatever it is you're cooking, such as mushrooms, eggplant and tofu.
Add them to a stir-fry and they'll taste like the soy sauce, cook them in Marsala wine and they'll absorb that flavor, etc. Before long, you'll start thinking of these foods in terms of the endless possibilities you can cook them in -- rather than the raw flavors you associate with them now.
5. When all else fails, put on a mask. Why was salad dressing invented? Perhaps it was for people who don't like the taste of raw veggies. Makes sense, right? Choose a low-fat or fat-free variety, and the dressing will make each crunch on those nutrient-rich plants, guilt-free and enjoyable. Other flavor enhancers can serve the same purpose for low-fat meats and whole-grain breads.
Spice things up a bit with hot sauce, garlic, ginger, balsamic vinegar, chili paste, honey mustard, spices and herbs. Add texture with wheat germ, or a touch of sweetness with honey. The possibilities are endless?
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