Spruce Up Almost Any Meal With These 3 Ingredients, From A Chef
You've just taken a bite out of a dish that lacks flavor. What's your first instinct?
If you thought just add salt, you're definitely not alone. And while the right amount of salt can take a meal from bland to mouthwatering, too much salt can be just as damaging to the dish. Rather than using salt as a Band-Aid to the problem, try getting to the root of it (i.e., the ingredients).
"Avocados deliver an incredible array of vitamins and minerals like folate, vitamins E and K, potassium, riboflavin, and copper," Poon says. "They are also wonderful sources of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids."
"A handful of walnuts is an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, copper, phosphorus, and some B vitamins," she says.
Walnuts on their own are a heart-healthy and gut-friendly snack. They're also great for adding to meals, for bonus benefits, while also enhancing the texture and flavor of your dish. Not sure where to use them?
"Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods and also contain vitamins C and K and manganese," Poon tells mbg.
Salt can enhance almost any dish when used in the right proportions. To avoid overdoing it, though, try adding flavorful ingredients to your dish upfront. If it still needs salt after, sprinkle away.
Abby Moore is an editorial operations manager at mindbodygreen. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and has previously written for Tribeza magazine. She has covered topics ranging from regenerative agriculture to celebrity entrepreneurship. Moore worked on the copywriting and marketing team at Siete Family Foods before moving to New York.