Less salt, no frying or seasoning with additives are some habits that you can quit without worrying that the food will not be as tasty. Although there is a common misconception that cooking with fat and using a lot of seasoning is what makes a meal tasty, we are going to show you that a healthier alternative to preparing your meals, will make them very delicious.
One of the best solutions to make sure you know what ingredients are found in the food you eat is to cook them at home. Thus, you can precisely control the amount of salt, fat and get a tasty recipe with the nutrients necessary for a proper functioning of the body. Besides a good serving of home cooked food as simple as possible goes great with a big raw salad, you should not miss at each table to provide the enzymes needed for proper digestion.
If you want to eat healthy, you have to cook easily, without a lot of ingredients containing additives. We should rely on the natural flavors offered by a variety of vegetables and fresh herbs added to the end of the recipe and not on assitives.
Here are ten simple tips on how to cook healthier.
1. Add salt at the end
A large amount of salt does not make the food tastier, but rather unhealthy for the heart. Try to gradually reduce the amount of salt you eat so that your taste buds get used to less salty taste and you will be able to enjoy the natural ingredients of the food. Another useful trick to control the amount of salt you use is to add salt at the end. Also, you can add celery that has a higher salt content.
2. More vegetables and less meat
When you make a meal with meat, the amount of vegetables must exceed that of meat. Use meat in smaller quantities, just to give the desired flavor of the recipe. More than half of your plate should be occupied by vegetables or whole grains plus a small piece of meat.
3. Use normal amounts of oil when cooking
Maximum two tablespoons of olive oil are sufficient to cook vegetables. You don’t need to have layer of oil on the surface of stews or soups.
4. Add a tablespoon of water when cooking onions
To avoid fried onions which is heavy on your stomach, is recommended to put a tablespoon of water or broth when you cook onions in oil.
5. Use simple fresh greens and spices to give flavor to food
Avoid using different bases for food, because they contain excessive salt and some of them contain harmful additives. Eventually opting for a combination of dried and shredded vegetables, but without the addition of salt, is the best option.
6. Use low-fat products when cooking
Read the product label before using it, to make the best choice. Milk, cream or yogurt with less fat are recommended when you want to reduce your caloric intake. And they taste the same as products with much more fat.
7. Avoid frying foods
Instead of frying in the pan, opt for a barbecue or put the food in the oven after you’ve sprinkled some olive oil beforehand. For example if you’re craving fries, you can cook the in the oven on backing paper and they will be just as tasty.
8. Use a non -stick pan
In this way you can cook anything with just two drops of oil or none. You get a food with fewer calories and fat that you will not harm your health.
9. Reduce the amount of refined sugar or replace it
When making cakes try using a smaller amount of sugar and replace it with mashed bananas, dates, raisins or other natural sources of sugar. Also it is preferable to choose raw, unrefined muscovado sugar or cane sugar.
10. Choose wholemeal flour
It is recommended to choose wholemeal flour because it contains fiber which helps digestion. Also try swapping white flour pasta, rice and bread with wholemeal ones.