10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier
Looking for ways to cook healthy, delicious meals?Everyone is always looking for recipes to satisfy their standards of health and taste. The best meals should be healthy for your body, full of flavor and not ridiculously costly.
Here are the top 10 secrets to cooking healthier and delicious meals:
Secret #1: Use Smart Fats
There’s some good fat out there. Instead of using saturated fats like butter, opt for unsaturated fat like olive oil. Since all fats are rich in calories, you should use even smart fats in moderation.
Secret #2: Go Unrefined
Rather than using refined grains, opt for whole grains. Perfect examples are bulgur and brown rice. They have more nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, and fiber because their bran is intact.
Secret #3: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Unfortunately, many people eat vegetables and fruits in limited proportions. The recommended daily intake of vegetables and fruits is 4 – 13 servings. Choose produce in an array of colors for you to benefit from a variety of vitamins and antioxidants.
Secret #4: It’s Not All About the Meat
While meat is an excellent source of protein, it’s also harmful. It contains huge amounts of saturated fat that aren’t healthy to your body. Consequently, consume minimal amounts of poultry, fish, and lean meat. As for the rest of your plate, fill it with healthy whole grains and vegetables.
Secret #5: Choose Low-Fat Dairy
Dairy products such as yogurt, sour cream, and milk are incredible sources of calcium. Substituting whole-milk dairy products with nonfat or low fat goes miles to reduce saturated fat inside your diet.
Secret #6: Keep Portions Reasonable
Everyone desires to have that one magic bullet to help in weight control. Did you know that it all boils down to calories? An effective way of managing calorie intake is by consuming food in healthy proportions.
Secret #7: Use Sweeteners Judiciously
Sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, white sugar, or corn syrup add high amount of calories devoid of any nutritional value. Therefore, if you must use them, ensure you do so judiciously.
Secret #8: Keep an Eye on Sodium
Watch you sodium intake. This is especially true if you suffer from high blood pressure and related issues. According to the USDA’s dietary guidelines, you should take not more than 2.300 mg of salt daily. That is roughly one teaspoon salt.
Secret #9: Go For the Flavor
Use healthy ingredients such as citrus, spices, and fresh herbs to enhance the flavor of your food. You’ll not feel deprived if your food has great flavor.
Secret #10: Be Mindful and Enjoy
Instead of grabbing what’s most convenient, you should purpose to make conscious food decisions. Enjoy cooking. By doing that, you’ll cook delicious food.
Did you enjoy this tutorial? I really hope you did. Having being a chef and food enthusiast for many years, I’m highly passionate about the manner in which food is cooked.
From my vast experience, adhering to the above tips will help you cook not only sumptuous but also healthy meals. We would love to hear your sentiments.
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