Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds or just want to get on the road to better health exercise and healthy cooking will help you get there. In today’s busy world you may feel that healthy cooking takes too much time, when in truth following these easy to manage healthy cooking tips can help you feel better and look better as well.
Pass on the Salt
While seasoning is important in cooking, we often tend to over use salt instead of letting the flavor of the dish speak for itself. To avoid over, or unnecessary salting, always be sure to taste your food before adding more salt, you may find it doesn’t need more.
Drain the Fat
Proteins that are ground, such as hamburger, contain a lot of added fat. You will not need this additional fat to keep the flavor so when you cook your meat through be sure to drain the fat out before adding sauce or serving. You may be surprised to find out how much unneeded fat you are removing.
Go Lower Fat
When cooking recipes that require milk or cheese, try the fat free or lower fat versions. This can often be done without compromising the flavor and is the source of hidden calories in certain recipes. Have a recipe that calls for heavy cream? Use 1% milk combined with cornstarch to create a tasty substitute that can give you the same consistency.
Choose Healthy Oils
While there are some recipes that require use of butter, most of the time you can forgo the high calorie, higher fat, butter for healthier options. When cooking substitute vegetable oil, or for skillet cooking try oil or peanut oils. This will not only save on trans-fat, but add some nice flavoring as well.
Make Your Veggies the Star
One of the easiest changes to for healthier cooking is by making your veggies the star of your meal. Adding a larger portion of vegetables to your meal will not only help you eat less carbs and fatty proteins, it will also help you to get all the nutrition your body needs to be at its healthiest. Having a good serving of vegetables in a variety of colors throughout the week can ensure that your body is getting all the vitamins it needs without having to use additional supplements.
It is important to remember that healthy living doesn’t have to be difficult. Start with adding more vegetables to your meal plans and try some of the above substitutions to start your journey.