Weight Loss

Sunday, June 12, 2011

5 Easy Ways To Add Taste To Your Menu

Adding taste and flavour to your recipes, is a very important part of losing weight. It is not just that the same old boring food can sap your motivation and may lead to you giving up the Dukan diet. The sensation of taste helps you to feel full and satisfied quicker. Tasty food with strong flavour sensations is more satisfying than bland food which can become a chore simply to eat. In this post, I’m going to be looking at five quick and easy ways of adding taste and flavour while still sticking to all the allowed foods.
1. Use herbs and spices freely when putting together a recipe
It is easy to be too strict with yourself when starting a new diet. The Attack Phase of the Dukan diet is supposed to be tough, it is not called an ‘attack’ for nothing, but it doesn’t have to be taste-free, bland, experience! When you are preparing your food don’t forget to add things like chillies, parsley, thyme, garlic, cinnamon, onion, spring onion, chives, mint and so on. When I when on my Attack Phase, I was way too strict not even allowing myself onion – this made things much harder than they had to be!

2. Replace sugar with sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon, etc.
You are not allowed to add sugar when you are on the Dukan diet. However, you are allowed to add sweetener. Now some people are worried about using sweeteners, having heard that there are risks to using these artificial flavourings. The belief that there is a link between sweeteners and conditions like cancer, diabetes, lupus, etc. is widespread due to a very effective internet hoax. The hoax has been debunked by such organizations as the FDA, The American Council on Science and Health, Reports in The Lancet, and the affair has been written up in Time Magazine. You can add more deliciousness to your sweet Dukan diet recipes by adding vanilla (essence and pods), cinnamon and nutmeg.

3. Dill pickles and pickled onions
Chopped up and sprinkled onto Dukan diet friendly food, dill and onion pickles to add some tangy deliciousness to your food. Caution: While you can add a small amount of these to food during the Attack Phase, you can not munch your way through loads of gherkins or onions – if you do they count as vegetables. A bit diced, is my guide to using them as a condiment – any more than that and you are eating them as a vegetable.

4. Vinegar
As far as I am concerned, vinegar is an essential Dukan diet condiment. All vinegars are allowed, for a real treat, use balsamic vinegar – it’s delicious. You can simply add the vinegar directly to your food or you can make delicious sauces with it. A simple, delicious dressing can be made from:

  • Vinegar
  • low-fat yogurt
  • A small amount of French mustard
Mix them up and enjoy!

5. Mustard
Mustard can be used to add flavour to your meats. You can enjoy French or English mustard. Although it isn’t mustard, it’s like a mustard in that it comes in pot and is hot, you can also use horseradish to add some heat and taste to your food. Like Japanese food? You can flavour your food with wasabi and ginger – both allowed on the Dukan diet.


  1. Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks for all the ideas in this post! I've been really craving sweets lately, and so today I tried adding some cinnamon to my cottage cheese. (Before reading your post, I had forgotten that cinnamon was allowed on pure protein days.) Although I wouldn't say that my cinnamon cottage cheese creation was delicious, I did eat the whole thing... :)

  2. Thanks Cheryl - you are dead right with all this - i add cinammon to my morning oatbran porridge now and its fantastic. im being much more creative with my spice rack than I have in years when I have replied heavily on ready made sauces in sachets and jars. Now I know exactly what has gone into my food and am learning how to use these versatile ingredients. Ive even turned one of my hanging baskets into a herb garden right outide the back door so ill never be short of fresh coriander for my turkey burgers and basil for my stuffed chicken.

  3. Hi Cheryl, i m also doing dukan. I like your blog.

  4. During attack phase is there any limit to the amount of chillies permitted

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