Four Healthy Cooking Tips
While you may understand the importance of eating at home more often than you hit the fast food window, it can be difficult to know how to put healthy cooking into practical use. Not matter what your level of experience in the kitchen, these four tips can help you start enjoying more nutritious meals at home.
Slow Cook Meals
One of the first problems you may have when trying to prepare healthy meals for your family is that the most delicious cuts of meat are also often the fattiest cuts. The beauty of slow cooking your meals is that you don’t have to rely on the fat content of your proteins to make the meat tender since the long cooking time will take care of that for you.
You may also be able to eat smaller portions of meat because the slow cooking process infuses the flavor of your meat into anything else you put in the slow cooker with it. So load up your slow cooker with those veggies that might need a little meat flavoring to be appealing to your kids.
Build a Better Salad
If the idea of eating a salad doesn’t make your mouth water, you’re not alone. There’s nothing particularly appealing about wilted lettuce and sugary dressing. The key to this healthy meal is to load it up with the veggies you love in addition to the greens, as well as your favorite source of protein. (Hint: shredded rotisserie chicken without the skin is an excellent choice.)
Since you’re saving so much time in front of the stove by eating a salad instead of a hot meal, take the time to make your own salad dressing. Not only will it help you cut down on the number of chemical additives, but homemade salad dressing is also tastier.
Embrace Herbs and Spices
As you settle into a routine with the veggies and proteins you regularly put on your plate, it’s easy to get into a rut where your stomach begins demanding bad-for-you foods. Your spice cabinet is one of the ultimate weapons in the healthy cooking arsenal. While eating baked chicken four times a week can be boring for anyone, dressing it up with a different blend of herbs and spices each night can help you keep it fresh to your taste buds.
Also, unless you’re restricted because of a health condition, don’t be afraid of salt. Food that’s properly salted – even the healthiest veggies out there – is much tastier than food that lacks salt’s flavor kick.
Reach for Healthy Fats
Choosing healthy fats will make your healthy meals taste better and fill you up faster, allowing you to eat less overall. Some of the best fats to add to your diet besides plain old butter include:
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Red palm oil
- Walnut oil.
The key to using these fats is to understand that they’re best in certain situations. Walnut oil and extra virgin olive oil are excellent salad dressing bases, while coconut oil is perfect for high temperatures cooking. And avocados? Well, they’re just delicious all around.