Building a healthier lifestyle is associated with healthy cooking. But how to start cooking healthy as we do not know much about cooking at all? My post today gives you some ideas and tips to become a healthy-diet pro and start cooking healthy meals at hom
1. Use fats wisely for healthy cooking
All fats are not necessary bad. Choose vegetal fats (like olive oil) instead of animal fats (like butter). But use good fats in moderation anyway, because all fats (whether good or bad) are loaded with calories which is not healthy on the long term.
2. Buy unprocessed foods
Choose whole grains instead of processed grains. Whole grains like brown rice and bulgur have kept their property intact and thus provide more fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients.
3. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables for healthy cooking
Most people do not consume enough fruit and vegetable. Try to incorporate 5 to 13 servings of fruit per day to your cooking. Choose fruits and vegetables from different varieties to meet your needs. Making fruit smoothies can be an excellent solution to treat yourself with regular healthy food instead of snacking heavy chocolate bars when you’re hungry.
4. Meat is not everything when you’re in the kitchen
Meat is a very good source of protein, but it is also very fat, especially red meat. Then use lean meat (without fat or skin), fish and poultry in your recipes. Fill the rest of the plate with healthy vegetables and whole grains. You’ll find numerous chicken an fish recipes on Eatwell101 as our recipe database is growing everyday.
5. Choose fat-free dairy products to cook more healthily
Dairy products like milk, sour cream and yogurt are good sources of animal fat. Replace dairy products made from whole milk with low-fat dairy products. Fat free products (like skimmed milk) are a simple way to reduce saturated fat when starting to cook healthier.
6. Control portion sizes
While we would all like to have a magic bullet to control our weight, it really comes down to reducing calories. One of the easiest ways to manage calorie intake is to serve good size portions after cooking. You can check this post learn how you can control your servings by using the right size for your plates.
7. Use artificial sweeteners sensibly
The sugars of any kind, whether corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup etc.… Sweeteners add calories significantly to dishes, without providing any nutritional value. Stay away from highly processed sweets, hidden sugars such as those found in sodas.
8. Keep an eye on salt
Whether you have high blood pressure or not, you should watch your salt consumption and the amount of salt you put into the dishes. Nutritionists recommen less than 2.3 grams of salt per day (about 1 teaspoon of salt per day).
9. Choosing the taste
Improve your cooked recipes with bright flavors from healthy ingredients like fresh herbs, spices and citrus. When cooking dishes that have lots of flavors, there is no reason to feel deprived and tempted by adding fats.
10. Stay aware and appreciate healthy cooking
Make conscious decisions when it comes to food, give yourself time to cook healthy meals instead of cooking healthy meals that you only seem practical, easy and quick to prepare. Opt for delicious and tasty food, then treat yourself by eating them. When you really enjoy what you eat, you are more easily satisfied.
And you, what link do you see between healthy food and health? What do you think of these tips to cook more healthily?