Using Healthy Cooking Methods for Optimal Nutrition
Feeling motivated to make some changes in your diet? Want to increase your energy and feel better? Now that you have learned about the digestive system and some of the symptoms of dysfunction, it’s time to head to the kitchen and work on ways to maximize the health benefits of the foods you cook.
In order to get the most healthful bang for your buck, there are a few things to keep in mind. All vegetables lose nutrient value the longer they are cooked. Shoot for al dente in order to get the most benefit. Choose lean pieces of meat and fish, and use seasonings rather than fat for flavor. Try different cooking methods for nutrient value, flavor, and variety. Here are some options that will keep you going strong:
- Steaming is one of the healthiest cooking techniques. Ideally, your pot should have a strainer that sits above the liquid you use to steam. Try using broth or other seasonings in the water – the flavor will be absorbed by what you steam. Fish can also be steamed.
- Grilling is another option. Use seasonings rather than added fat, and make sure to remove your food before it gets blackened. This is especially important if you use charcoal, as the foods can absorb some of the charcoal if it gets burned.
- Baking and roasting are other great alternatives for cooking. The high, evenly distributed heat cooks foods thoroughly, and you don’t have to add fat to keep it moist. You can use water or broth. You can also put meats on a rack in the oven, and any fat that does exist will drip off.
- Stir frying is a great way to cook a variety of veggies at once. While you do need to use a little oil you can keep it to a minimum. Stir frying allows you to quickly cook veggies and protein, which helps the ingredients retain nutritional value.
How you cook your food is as important as the food you cook. In order to get the most
from your food, keep it as close to its natural state as possible and avoid or limit adding fat when you cook. Don’t forget about raw veggies, either! They are quick, easy to grab, and have their full nutritional value. Have fun when you cook. Don’t be afraid to try new recipes or foods. Variety is the spice of life, and the more you branch out, the easier it will be to create the healthy meals you deserve.
Next time we will put a new spin on the idea of detoxing, and talk about using natural facial products and makeup.