Healthy Cooking Tips For You And Your Family

Posted on May 10 2018 - 9:43am by Editorial Staff

Afraid that cooking healthy meals mean you’ll never enjoy food again? Think again.  Cooking healthy food doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on taste, it just means getting creative in the kitchen. In this article, we will review some simple methods where you can prepare and cook simple meals easily and healthily.

Teaching Healthy Eating Habits For Life

We all know how important it is for our children to acquire healthy eating habits. Giving them a taste for healthy food will help them make better choices in the future. That said, it’s much easier to make healthy choices for our kids than to actually eat healthy ourselves. However, a key step in educating the next generation is to set a positive example.

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Healthy Nutrition And Cooking Techniques

Before your head to the supermarket, take a look at the following cooking techniques. They will help you make wiser purchases so that your kitchen will be stocked and prepared for a healthy cooking session.

  • Switch saturated fats with unsaturated fats like olive oil
    It’s recommended for adults to consume no more than 10% of total daily calories from saturated fat. If you are on a 2,000 calorie diet, then saturated fats should account for no more than 200 calories per day. One effective way to avoid saturated fats is utilize roasting instead of frying. In addition, pay attention to the type of fats you are cooking with. Try coconut oil or olive oil to introduce more heart healthy fats into your diet.
  • Use unrefined and whole grains
    Switch out white, processed wheat for whole grains. Quinoa, brown rice and bulgur have more fiber, vitamin B, magnesium and zinc than white bread and pasta. Read here to see why quinoa specifically has the reputation as a superfood.
  • Increase fruit and vegetable intake
    Try to eat between four and thirteen servings (half to one cup) of fruits and vegetables daily. Vary the color to maximize antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Choose your animal proteins wisely
    Protein is important in a balanced diet. Meat is high in protein and it is also a high source of saturated fat for many people. You should therefore balance it with lean meat, fish and poultry.
  • Cut the sugar
    Sugar addiction is real. The more you eat, the more you crave. Pay attention to food labels and prepare to be shocked at how much sugar is added to processed food. Focus on eating whole foods instead and it will be easier to control your sugar intake.
  • Salt is not your friend
    It’s a good idea to limit your salt intake whether you have high blood pressure or not. The USDA’s guideline is under 2,300 mg (about 1 teaspoon salt) per day.
  • Eat what you enjoy, not what’s convenient
    Rather than grabbing what’s convenient, make sure what you eat is delicious and savor it. Enjoying what you eat will leave you more satisfied and full.

Start Cooking

Ready to try out these healthy cooking techniques? Incorporate some of these ideas in order to help your family stick to positive eating habits. Try quick meal ideas that are both healthy and delicious like these dishes from different health experts. Best of all, have fun experimenting in the kitchen to come up with new ways to eat right.

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