Due to limited understanding of healthy cooking and eating practices, many people find it hard to
maintain a healthy weight. The most important part of healthy eating is not eating less, cutting fats,
or using fad diets; it’s eating right. And eating right comes down to how you prepare your meals.
Below are some simple guidelines for improving the way you prepare your food.
Cut Down on Salt
Salt is one of the worst things you can add to your diet. Research suggests it leads to high blood
pressure, among other things. Salt is incredibly common as a flavour enhancer and is already in most
processed food. It should not be added to any meals that feature processed foods, including sauces.
When cooking, add olive oil, which is proven to fight heart disease, as a flavour enhancer instead of
Choose Foods Low in Saturated Fat
Saturated fats directly influence your cholesterol levels, so it is important to keep them at a
minimum. They are mostly found in meats and dairy products, as well as some vegetables. It is
important to remember that fats are part of a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet though, and
removing them entirely is not good for your health. Unsaturated fats, like those in avocados and
nuts, as well as fish, are extremely beneficial sources of energy.
Start Using the Grill More
Due to the nature of saturated fats, using a grill to cook meats is far healthier than pan frying. As the
fat heats, it liquefies and falls from the meat. In a pan, the fat would cook back into the meat,
keeping the fat levels at an unhealthy high, whereas this fat is separated from the meat when
cooking on a grill. If saving space is an important consideration for you while you’re shopping for a
grill, you’ll be glad to know that small yet high quality grills are available, such as Ziegler and Brown
models from BBQs Galore.
Avoid Nutrient Loss
A big issue for those starting healthy diets is the nutrient loss while preparing foods to cook. In most
vegetables, a higher percentage of the nutrients are in the skin, which usually gets peeled off and
remains uneaten. To avoid this loss, start scrubbing vegetables, rather than peeling them. Many
people find the taste disagreeable, but it can be balanced out with the use of healthy herbs and
spices. Many nutrients are also lost when boiling. The healthier option is to steam or even
microwave vegetables, trapping the nutrients inside.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Though healthy cooking is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, it is not the only part. You must
use correct portion sizes to match your required daily calorie intake. Going over this will put you
into, or keep you in, an unhealthy weight range. Daily exercise should also be done to maximise the
benefit of healthy eating.
Healthy cooking is simple and, with some discipline, easy to stick to. Gaining an understanding of
nutrition is the best thing you can do to really make sure you are eating a healthy diet. What are
your favourite healthy meals and how do you prepare them?