Healthy foods often get a bad reputation for not being tasty, but the term “healthy” is very broad and can include a multitude of foods. Just because you don’t like some of the healthier dishes you’ve tried doesn’t mean you’ll hate them all; you may think you’re not a big fruit or veggie fan, but there are literally thousands of different kinds and when you think about all the different ways to prepare them, there is probably some version that you at least won’t hate. A lot of times, our taste buds get so used to foods that have a lot of salt or sugar added, so without them, things can taste a bit bland, but that doesn’t mean flavor can’t get added in other ways. Garlic, oregano, citrus juices, flavored vinegars, spicy peppers, sautéed onions and peppers, and healthy oils can all be combined to marinate lean meats or fish in before roasting and sautéing. One of my favorite ways to prepare almost any vegetable, especially broccoli, is just to put chunks of it on a baking sheet, drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle with fresh minced garlic or garlic powder. Then just pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees F or until it starts to brown around the edges.
Salt is probably one of hardest things to reduce without noticing a flavor difference, but your taste buds definitely do adapt if you stick with it for a few weeks. Just take the shaker away and hide it so you’re not tempted while you’re making the transition. It really helps to prepare as much food as you can at home, since when you eat out, they’re going to add all that stuff. That’s a big part of why our taste buds get so out of whack. Check out some cookbooks from the library or grab some of the healthy-eating type magazines at the grocery store; as you get more comfortable in the kitchen, you discover what you like and can adapt things exactly how you want them. It doesn’t have to be every meal, but try to work in a new, healthy recipe once or twice a week at least. The more you try new stuff, the more you’ll discover that there is a giant world of “healthy” food out there.