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Adding these ingredients to your kitchen will massively improve what you are creating and will make you feel a lot better about what you are eating, as your dishes will be booming with flavour.

Eating well and healthy does not for one second have to mean boring, it can be so much more.

In this post, I’m going to give you my go-to ingredients that I use in my dishes.  These ingredients will give your food so much flavour, leaving you amazed at the results.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is amazing stuff, I use it in all sorts of savoury food. It’s great for salad dressings, marinades and sauces.

It’s also great for enhancing other flavours too. When making raw cakes, for instance, I will sometimes just add a drop of it (literally just a drop) to enhance the flavour of a chocolate orange cake.

Apple cider vinegar also has great health benefits and is an alkaline vinegar, meaning it’s also fermented.


Amazing for enhancing sweet dishes and adding flavour to things like cakes, chocolates and nut creams. It’s also great for your blood sugar levels and cardiovascular health.

My homemade almond milk recipe is heavily flavoured with cinnamon, and is one of my favourite recipes.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a great way to draw out the flavour of foods and is a very good source of vitamin C and potassium. Lemon juice is perfect for sprucing up a salad or dressings.

Liquid Aminos

Liquid aminos is basically a GMO and wheat-free version of a soy sauce, yet has a very similar flavour. I use it a lot in Asian cooking – it’s especially great for marinades and as an Asian flavouring with the right herbs and spices. Tamari is also great, but is a bit on the pricey side.

High-Quality Salts

Everyday table salt is highly refined and full of rubbish. Always aim to stick to high-quality organic sea salt, as it provides us with good minerals and vitamins. A favourite of mine is Pink Himalayan rock salt. You will really notice the difference in taste in your food.

Good high-quality organic rock salt is good too, a favourite of mine is Maldon Sea Salt.

Smoked paprika

This a spice that you’ll see me using all the time! It’s my all-time favourite. I mainly use it in dressing or sauces, but it is also great for roasting nuts and to give them an awesome flavour. They go really well blended with things like my tacos filling. It’s crazy how much this spice can transform a dish.

Vanilla in desserts

This is a great one to use for a sweet treat as it adds a whole level of different flavour! Try it in nut milk that you make from scratch and smoothies too, along with desserts.

Nutritional yeast

Is amazing for salad dressings and evening just sprinkled over the tops of salads – it will make a massive difference. I also use this to replace any cheese flavours. Just blend it with some cashews, lemon juice and water for an amazing cheesy sauce. It’s hard to even tell the difference.

Give these a try in some recipes that you use and be sure to let me know how you liked them.

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Author Jay Halford

I am a health-conscious chef specializing in plant-based cuisine that incorporates juice programmes, food programmes, online cooking courses, recipes and educational resources that inspire the pursuit of a healthier way of living. I believe that your diet is supposed to be your greatest ally, supporting you to feel strong, look good, think clearly and achieve your goals, nothing less. A consistent healthy plant-based diet does that 100% - and I am committed to helping you experience its real healing power so that once you discover it, you'll never want to look back.

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