Too often cutting the calories in your food means cutting the flavor too. How often have you heard of some celebrity toning up for a role who only eats boneless, skinless chicken breasts? Or watched your friend order a salad and eat it without dressing? No more! You can add flavor without adding a ton of calories, and here are some of the easiest ways to do it.

Lemon Juice

Remember that chicken breast? Next time you’re confronted by this basic cut of meat cook it with lemon juice and sautéed garlic. You’ll add huge amounts of flavor for only 4 calories per tablespoon of lemon juice.

Spice, Spice, Spice

Ok, I understand that removing salt from a dish cuts your sodium intake way down. But that doesn’t mean you have to eat plain food! Spices add flavor, and many of them have other benefits like protecting you from heart disease and acting as an anti-inflammatory. At just a few calories per teaspoon, they pack a flavorful punch without packing in the calories.

Fresh Herbs

Cilantro, basil, oregano, rosemary… these fresh herbs are all delicious, flavorful, and just a few calories per tablespoon. Whether you’re adding them to salads, soups, or using dried herbs as a meat rub, these herbs will liven up any dish.

Flavored Vinegars

Salad dressing doesn’t have to be fattening to taste good. Try your hand at some flavor-infused vinegars, which can be added to marinades, dressings, and sauces. You could even get really creative, and try making your own!


Sounds crazy, but coffee grinds add wonderful flavor to meat dishes. Whether you’re putting it on chicken, steak, or barbecue, coffee combines with the meat and other spices to add an earthy quality to your dish.

Want to learn more ways to flavor your food for fewer calories? Head on over to The Huffington Post.

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