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Jazz Up Plain Protein
These Tasty Ideas

Let's face it--we all get sick of boring tuna salad, plain grilled chicken, or bland whitefish--but we also want to stick to our healthy eating plans.

These ideas should help add flavor and sparkle back to your meals, without breaking the calorie bank. Plus, the additional spices and seasonings are great for your metabolism and offer healthy antioxidants.

Plain Protein:


Jazzed up:

*Mix with low-fat mayo and chives

*Sprinkle with cayenne sauce

*Add Dijon mustard and chopped celery

*Add lime juice and scallions

*Add low fat or a small amt. of balsamic vinaigrette

*Sprinkle with parmesan and scallions

Plain Protein:

Chicken or Lean Turkey

Jazzed up:

Per lb., sprinkle with 1 tbsp. each:



-cilantro or tarragon (more if fresh)

-1/2 tsp ginger

-black pepper to taste

-sea salt to taste

Jazzed up:

*Per lb., top with 4 tbsp. Bragg's aminos (when raw) and chopped garlic to taste

Jazzed up:

*Dip chicken tenders in buffalo wild wings sauce (make your own or buy organic)

*Dip chicken tenders in honey mustard (make your own or buy organic) or coconut lime sauce (whole foods)

Plain Protein:

White fish

Jazzed up:

*Finely slice lemons across to make thin circles and plan on top of fish; then add 4 tbsp. dill per lb.

*Coat with 1 tbsp. fenugreek and 1 tbsp. ajwain (bishop seed) per lb. 

Plain Protein:

Greek yogurt

Jazzed up:

*Drizzle honey or maple syrup over it

*Microwave 1/2 cup berries and serve on top yogurt. To make this extra special, freeze the yogurt for 15 minutes before eating (add warm fruit after)


Jazzed up:

*Add slivered almonds, or sunflower or pumpkin seeds plus a sprinkle of sea salt

Plain Protein:

Protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)


Jazzed up:

*Add a spoonful of PB2 (powdered peanut butter--fewer calories) or Peanut butter (more calories)

*Add a splash of coconut milk or almond milk

Plain Protein:

Lean beef patties

Jazzed up:

*Splash with cayenne pepper sauce

Jazzed up:

*Coat with 1 tbsp. coriander powder and 1 tbsp. ajwain (bishop seed) per lb.

Do you have ideas to Jazz it up? Please share below!

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