Tips For Healthy Cooking

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What can I do to cook healthy meals?

Tips For Healthy Cooking

Learning to cook healthy meals means knowing what ingredients you can alter. It also means knowing how to prepare foods for the table. Healthy food recipes begin with substitutions. If the recipe calls for butter, you may want to use margarine. Serve low fat sour cream with baked potatoes instead of regular. Use seasonings such as ground pepper and herbs rather than salt whenever possible. There are many cookbooks that include healthy substitutions, but here are a few simple ones to get you started:

  • Instead of eggs, use egg whites.
  • Instead of whole milk, use skim.
  • Instead of regular cheese, use low fat varieties.
  • Instead of peanut butter, use reduced fat peanut butter.
  • Instead of jelly, use fresh fruit.
  • Instead of ice cream, try frozen yogurt.
When baking or cooking, you will want to be sure that your substitution will not alter the recipe. You can usually find out this type of information on the Internet. Some recipes will also alert you as to when you can or cannot substitute.

In terms of meats, baking, broiling and steaming are healthier options than pan frying. Steaming vegetables is a healthy way to prepare them; you can also serve them raw. Avoid things such as heavy cream sauces and seasonings that are loaded with sodium whenever possible.

   

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