Boost Flavour And Cut Calories



There’s a lot of hype these days about healthy cooking, healthy baking, healthy eating and so on.  Everyone I meet is talking about it and trying to implement it in their lives.  But what does it mean exactly?

Healthy cooking doesn’t mean that you have to become a gourmet chef or invest in expensive cookware. You can use basic cooking techniques to prepare food in healthy ways. Using healthycooking methods can capture the flavor and retain the nutrients in foods without adding excessive amounts of fat or salt.

Yogurt in green bowl

Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Improved health – keeps your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels in check.
  • Fuels your brain to have energy to work and be productive.
  • You can take control of your health and your weight.
  • You can feel good overall. When you do things that are good for you, you feel good about the choices you make, and it’s the same with the food that you choose to put in your body. If you feel good, then you’ll have a positive outlook on life as well!

Health starts with cooking real food, which means simple, wholesome, nourishing, and unprocessed food. Once you start with real food as your ingredients, you’ll be on your way to cooking healthy in no time!

There are many ways to make meals healthier. Limit fats, sugars and salt and include plenty of vegetables, fruit, grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy in your cooking. Foods with added fats, sugars or salt are less healthy than food in which these are found naturally.

There are many ways to enjoy flavorful, delicious food and still eat healthy at the same time.

Healthy cooking methods include:

  • Steam, bake, grill, braise, boil or microwave your foods.
  • Modify or eliminate recipes that include butter or ask you to deep fry or sauté in animal fat.
  • Avoid added oils and butter; use non-stick cookware instead.
  • Don’t add salt to food as it is cooking.
  • Remove chicken skin and trim the fat from meat.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables and legumes.
  • Eat more fish, which is high in protein, low in fats and loaded with essential omega-3 fatty acids.

Eating healthy food doesn’t mean giving up favourite foods. Recipes can be adapted easily to provide a healthier alternative.

Eating healthy should always be a priority.

I made the decision to change, decades ago.

Health fads come and go, but the skills to cook will always be with you.

Things to remember

  • In many cases, recipes can be modified so they offer a lower fat content.
  • Choose to steam, bake, grill, braise, boil or microwave your foods, rather than deep fry them.
  • Use non-stick cookware.
  • Steam your vegetables instead of boiling them to retain the nutrients.

Do Not Forget Dessert

Healthy cooking does not mean having to do without your dessert. Fruits are always a welcome addition to healthy cooking. Wonderful as a side dish, mixed berries with a topping of fat free vanilla yogurt will make your taste buds happy, while keeping you healthy as well. 









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