Everybody wants to lose weight by eating healthy. But have you ever thought about losing weight by cooking healthy? The problem with fast food and takeouts is that they are often fried, oily, with too much sugar or preservatives in them, but with little nutrients. Eating right may be the first step for a healthier lifestyle, but cooking healthy will allow for an easier adjustment to maintaining that lifestyle in the long run. Another advantage is that cooking allows you to be creative with your dishes, while at same keeping it low on calories or fats. For example, one consistent winner at the 34th Bayou Gourmet Cook Off for the Healthy Category has been whipping up healthy dishes for her diabetic husband, and this allowed her to get creative with some of her recipes. The great thing about eating homemade, healthy dishes is that you have all the room to cook it according to your own taste and you can just be creative with what you are doing.
One way to start cooking healthy is to use this rule: grill instead of fry and bake instead of grill. The less oil it needs to cook the food, the better it is because that way, you can keep the food on a low-fat basis. Another way is to use non-grease or non-stick frying pans like those Teflon utensils so that it will be quicker to cook the food without using so much oil.
Remove excess oil by placing fried food in plates lined with paper towels – another technique to keep fats at a minimum. When choosing cooking oils, go for olive oil or canola oil which are both easy on unsaturated fat content. For salads, go easy on the dressing – there is no point in eating the greens when you are putting on so much mayonnaise or vinaigrette and adding more calories to your dish.
Shopping for food is another way to start eating and cooking healthy. The main rule is to go for organic, low calorie and low fat food. The good thing about organic food is that they are unprocessed and they still keep most of their nutrients with less preservatives in them. Try looking at the labels, and monitor how much trans fats, sugar, salt or calories does the food contain. Of course, opt to buy more green and leafy vegetables and fruits, and choose dairy products with low fat content like switching from ice cream to yogurt, or changing from full milk to soya milk.
Choosing kitchen utensils that allow for various cooking methods will help you get creative when cooking healthy. For instance, you can get the Bosch universal mixer at any Bosch mixer sale, and then start setting it up on your kitchen for that healthy smoothie. A healthy lifestyle starts with having the right tools and the right knowledge to get it right the first time.