Do you know how to cook healthy food for yourself and your household? If you are trying to shed a few pounds or are embarking on a detox, you might already know that it is a food minefield out there! This is especially true when you are eating out when visiting friends and family. It is also sadly true of most convenience meals that you buy at the store or supermarket. It’s not the ingredients themselves that cause the problem, however. Most of the time it is the way that food is cooked. It is also difficult to tell how much is served and what is added!
You could go out intending to eat 600 calories and end up consuming two or three times that. Plus it is so tempting to say ‘yes’ to a dessert, or sweet treat. You may end up having a few glasses of wine. Even the most rigid dieter is often challenged. So what is the one fail-safe way that you can be sure of what you are eating? Teach yourself to cook healthy food at home!
Why Should You Teach Yourself to Cook Healthy Food?
You know exactly what you are eating.
At home, you can work out exactly what you are eating. Portion sizes become no problem. You will need to have some handy, accurate food scales close by. Look at the packaging and you can tell exactly how many calories are in each 100g. This means you can carefully weigh out your portion and know precisely what you are eating and how many calories you are taking in. If you don’t have the packet information on hand, it’s simple to download a calorie counting app.
How you cook matters.
How you cook your food makes a huge difference. As soon as you add cooking oils or spreads, you are adding calories. Frying and deep-frying food, in particular, adds a massive amount of saturated fats, which in turn means your body will pile on the calories. Stay away from these! You can also think about how you can incorporate new healthy ideas from other cultures. You can get great insight into African culture by looking at health news from Nigeria. Mediterranean diets can be a great place for healthy eating tips. Japanese food is some of the healthiest in the world!
If you can, teach yourself how to steam your food, such as chicken or fish and vegetables. Not only will you be eating food with less fat, but you will also be keeping vital nutrients and minerals. These are often lost in the cooking process. Boiling something to death is going to literally kill all the beneficial nutrients you hoped you were gaining. Invest in a simple bamboo steamer and you will be able to prepare healthy food. A great tip for taste is to use a vegetable, meat or even fish stock over which to steam your food. You’ll find that this method is great for adding vibrant flavor to your meal!
Stay away from extras
Keep your home-cooked meals simple. Resist the temptation to splash ketchup and extras like mayonnaise over everything. If you like these condiments and can’t do without them, use the light or sugar-free versions instead. Again, check the label and understand what a recommended serving is. If a label says one hundred calories per 20g serving, then having 40g, which may not be as much as you think, will double the calorie punch. This makes a huge difference if you are counting calories. For a lighter dressing, make your own with a squeeze of lemon juice and a splash of pure olive oil.
Giving yourself the knowledge to understand what is going into your food will allow you to stick to your target. You will be in control. You will be able to eat healthier food and you may even come to enjoy the process. Do you cook your own healthy food? Let us know your favorite healthy foods to cook in the comments section below!
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