To fill your kitchen with healthy food, avoid processed foods with more than a handful of ingredients, especially any with chemical names. Replace sugar-infused fruit snacks with homemade ones, and make your own quick salad dressings.
And when sweetness fails? What do we do? As we mature, our taste buds often become less sensitive. Since the sweet and salty sensors are the first to diminish, we tend to overdo these flavoring agents - it's a common cooking problem. Because our sense of smell powerfully influences our ability to taste, certain garnishes can trigger a greater taste response. To boost sweet sensations, drizzle foods with a quarter teaspoon of maple syrup or honey. To improve your salt perception, sprinkle a tad of sea salt, along with finely minced fresh herbs, over food as you plate it.