Are you interested in cooking healthy meals for your family? You are making a smart choice.
This article will give you several tips that you can use to start creating healthier meals for your family.
One of the misconceptions about healthy cooking is that almost everyone I’ve talked to is that cooking healthy is expensive and not always affordable, especially if your family lives on a budget like mine.
Here are five tips to help you cook healthier and without breaking your budget.
Tip 1: Set aside at least an hour before your next trip to the grocery store and plan meals for the next week or two. Each meal should incorporate a fruit and a vegetable so that everyone in your family meets the quota of having at least 4 fruits and 4 vegetables in their diet every day.
Your shopping cart should also include plenty of whole grains, fish, poultry, and beans to complete a balanced diet for your family.
If you have doubts about what foods make up a healthy and balanced diet, you should download the food pyramid. Just go to Google, type in food pyramid and there are many websites to download it and also many other healthy cooking ideas.
Tip 2 – Start baking and create your own snacks instead of buying them. Most people learn to bake as children, but lose interest in baking as they get older because it’s easier to buy foods that are already pre-cooked. When you bake your own snacks, you can avoid adding sugars, preservatives, fats, and other unhealthy ingredients found in store-bought foods.
Baking doesn’t take long either, and if you plan your meals right, you can always have a supply of healthy homemade snacks whenever you want.
Tip 3 – Start grilling or grilling more. Both methods require direct exposure of the food to heat and will allow the fat to drain from the food.
Tip 4 – Steaming – This is one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables because only a small amount of nutrients are removed from the food compared to other ways of cooking.
Tip 5 – Start using herbs and spices. Many people don’t think to use herbs and spices when cooking other than just adding a little salt and pepper, and they are missing out on a whole new world of flavor that can be added to their meals. If you don’t have any herbs and spices in your home, you should invest in a basic spice rack because adding spices and herbs will add more flavor to your meals and also help improve your family’s health.
When using herbs and spices in your meals, you should always try to add brightly colored herbs and spices last in cooking so you don’t overcook them and rob them of important nutrients and flavors they will add to your food.
Don’t give up on the idea of healthy cooking. It just takes a little more effort, but it’s worth it in the end.