10 Tips To Cooking Healthier Meals
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
1. NO Butter/ little oil- If you need to use butter or oil, try cooking sprays or apply a small amount of oil with a pastry brush. Another option could be to cook in liquids (such as stock, wine, lemon juice, fruit juice, vinegar or water) instead of oil.
2. Don't fry Bake- Choose to steam, bake, grill, braise, or boil your foods, rather than deep fry them.
3. More Veggies- When eating any meal of the day make half your plate veggies and or fruits. Both are full of nutrients that support good health.
4. Spicy over sweet (ALWAYS)- If you want flavor flavor to your food and are tired of the basics the best way to go is spicy. It allows for a meal packed in flavor without consequences. If you're craving sugar and just can't shake it use stevia in the raw or splenda.
5. Reduce salt intake- Instead of using salt, try adding vinegar or lemon juice to vegetables while cooking. Fresh herbs are the way to go for protein cooks. (Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro just to name a few).
6. Hold back the carbs- Sugars and grains are almost everyone's Achilles heel. If you want to see a change the must be substituted for similar. Instead of potatoes or rice try using cauliflower to make a mock version of either. Vegetables are always a great replacement too.
7. Replace high fat cheeses with low fat options- Try using reduced-fat feta and part-skim mozzarella.
8. Cut your creams- Use low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk, evaporated skim milk or cornstarch instead of cream in sauces or soups. Another option is to use pesto, salsas, chutneys and vinegar's for a lighter version sauce.
9. Fresh never canned- Choose fresh or frozen vegetables, canned and pickled vegetables often tend to be pack with high amounts salt.
10. Use more seafood- Fish, crabs, lobster and conchs tend to be lighter on the digestive system, rather than red meats