Cooking healthy isn’t just about steaming spinach and grilling chicken. There are plenty of easy adjustments you can make every day in the kitchen to make your cooking and eating healthier! Here are 10 simple things you can do.
1. Measure your oil. It only take 3 extra seconds and washing one extra spoon, but you’ll end up using a lot less! Generally, you shouldn’t need much more than 1 tablespoon of oil in a dish that serves 4
2. Replace half of the butter in baked goods with applesauce and half of the flour with whole wheat flour. This doesn’t mean that you should now feel licensed to eat double portions, but it does mean that what you are eating is packing with more vitamins and fiber and less fat!
3. Trim the fat and skin off of all meats before cooking
4. Refrigerate soups and sauces and skim the excess fat off of the top
5. Add at least 2 different colored vegetables to your rice, pasta or potato- you’ll end up eating less starch and more veggies!
6. Leave the skin on fruits and vegetables whenever possible for added fiber
7. Remember the dirty dozen of conventional foods and try to always buy those items organic
8. Try not to blacken foods when grilling or pan searing- that black stuff is pretty carcinogenic, especially if you eat it 2 or more times a week
9. Use lots of spices and herbs so that you can use a little less salt
10. Use beans to thicken soups instead of potatoes