Tips and Tricks for Cooking Light
By Sara Butler
Choosing healthy foods to eat is a part of eating well, but how you cook them may be just as important. That’s because you can turn a healthy meal into a not-so-healthy meal in the flash of an eye by how you prepare it. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you keep your recipes healthy!
Recipes are Just Suggestions
You don’t have to follow a recipe exactly as written in order for it to taste good. You must view recipes as a more of a suggestion than rules written in stone. Before you start cooking, scan the recipe to look for ways you can lighten it up. Any excess oils, cheese, sugar, and butter should be targeted first!
Think you need oil to make your stir-fry work in your wok? Think again! You can easily substitute chicken or vegetable broth for butter or oil in a stir-fry. It adds good flavor to your dish and moisture too. Plus, you don’t really need oils to get that sauté sizzle!
You can save a lot of calories by skipping the skin on your chicken. While chicken skin may taste great, it adds up to 50 calories to three ounces of chicken, plus contains most of the unhealthy fats you find in chicken breast. It’s OK to cook with skin to keep the moisture in but remove it before you eat.
Go Crazy with Citrus
You can add a lot of flavor with a little citrus on your meat, vegetables, salads, and pasta. And it’s not the just the juice of citrus fruits that come in handy, either. The zest of the fruits is great to add to dishes for a punch of flavor.
Beware of Cheese
If you add cheese to what you’re eating, the kind of cheese you choose matters. That’s because some cheese is much more mild in flavor than others, so you’ll need more of it in what you’re cooking in order to taste it. If you choose a cheese that has a more intense flavor, you’ll need less of it to get the same effect on flavor.
Greek yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream in dips, on top of nachos, or to use as a thickening agent in a cooked dish. You save a ton of calories and fat by substituting with it, without sacrificing flavor!
Healthy cooking isn't as difficult or as bland as people think! So, try these tricks to get healthy!
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