Healthy Cooking Tips: Simple Ways To Improve Your Health
There are so many small changes you can make to the way you cook and prepare food that can improve the healthiness of your dish. Whether it’s reducing salt or fat or boosting the nutritional value of a meal with healthy ingredients, I am all for implementing these minor changes. In my book, every calorie counts so if I know that I can save some calories with a few simple cooking tips, I can occasionally indulge in a delicious homemade cake or biscuit.
- Parsley is a rich source of anti-oxidant nutrients. So many recipes call for parsley so keep some on hand in the fridge by washing and chopping a bunch and store it in a sealed container in the fridge.
- Eat a hot green chili curry if you have a cold to clear your sinuses.
- Add nuts to your next salad. In more than 30 randomised controlled trials, nuts have been shown to lower total cholesterol. Slivered almonds, lightly roasted pine nuts, cashews and walnuts are all beneficial.
- Next time you are making a casserole, shepherd’s pie or lasagna, switch half of the meat for beans or lentils. They are low in fat and high in fiber and still count as protein.
- Use non- stick cookware to cut down on oil or at least use an oil spray instead of liquid oil.
- Always choose lean meats where possible and cut visible fat off the meat before cooking.
- Use low-fat yoghurt, low-fat milk, evaporated skim milk or cornstarch instead of cream in sauces or soups.
- Swap coconut cream in a can for coconut powder mixed with hot water.
- Scrub vegetables rather than peel them, as many nutrients are found close to the skin.
- Don’t automatically add salt to your food – taste it first.
What is your best healthy cooking tip?