It's Not What You Cook, It's How!

When it comes to weight loss and embarking on a healthy eating plan, a lot of people believe that swapping your food from the fatty food to the lean foods is what you need to do. Of course, swapping out foods is absolutely the best way to get healthier – you can’t possibly be healthier on a diet of fried chicken and onions. What you do need to think about though, is how you cook things.

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Deep frying foods in a vat of oil is clearly going to be unhealthier than steaming and grilling your foods. The answers don’t just stop there. You could start steaming all your veg, eliminating butter dressings and cooking oils but unless you understand what cooking techniques can maximise the nutrition in your food, you won’t get anywhere. Boiling vegetables, for example, is a fast way to eliminate the minerals and vitamin from them. Not many people are aware that boiling has that effect on vegetables, and that is precisely why you should educate yourself on what techniques you should use to cook better. Sometimes, you can also inadvertently ADD calories to your dishes by the way you cook them. Sautéed and fried techniques help the food absorb oil in the same way a sponge absorbs water – easily!

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To preserve the nutrients in your food, you need to be smart and careful with the ways you cook it.

Here are some ways you can aid your healthy eating and weight loss in the kitchen:

  • Cut your vegetables into bigger chunks. Most people like to thinly slice or dice their veggies, but if you are cutting them into bigger pieces, there is less of a surface area to absorb oil. Rather than toss these vegetables in oil, use a cooking spray instead such as these ones. A light misting is better than a soaking!

  • Your cookware could be adding calories and toxins to the food. Some kitchenware is coated in materials that aren’t good for you and this is transferring to the food. Shopping online with can help you to purchase healthy cookware that will keep you at an advantage when you want to cook your food in a better way.

  • Swap salt for spices and herbs. Spices and herbs add flavoring to your food without tagging on the extra calories, so you can enjoy some delicious, good food bursting with flavor without resorting to additional sodium.

  • Chips may be delicious, but wedges are better. By keeping the potato skins on, you are adding fiber to your meal. The skins of potatoes and apples are packed with fiber and this is something you need!

Your kitchen habits don’t just end with portion control. By keeping an eye on what you are eating you can ensure that you are cooking things in a nutritionally optimal way as well as making sure you are healthy. This is something valuable considering you are taking care of your body. Don’t add the calories where you don’t have to – cook smart!